The Friends Provident Foundation and New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) have announced a partnership to evaluate the foundation’s ‘Building Resilient Economies’ programme and its wider impact. As the five-year programme comes to an end, the evaluation will inform the strategy and future focus of the foundation’s grant giving and investment activity.
Dan Corry, Chief Executive of NPC, today commenting on the DCMS response to the Lords Select Committee on Charities, said: ‘Warm words are not enough to support the charity sector to deliver the impact so desperately needed. Given the lack of action in this response, it is a mystery as to why it has taken more than half a year.
Tris Lumley, Director of Innovation and Development at NPC, reacts to this week’s announcement of an ambitious government plan aimed to get one million more disabled people in work over the next 10 years: ‘I applaud the government for taking further steps to help disabled people and people with health conditions get into work, and remain and progress in their
NPC welcomes the announcement of the government’s intention to develop a new cross-Whitehall strategy for civil society. Ultimately this new strategy will be a test of how powerful the Office of Civil Society is now it’s not in a cross-cutting department such as the Cabinet Office.
Organisations working to address the social determinants of health help to keep us well, says new research NPC in partnership with the Health Foundation and Sir Michael Marmot’s Institute of Health Equity. The report helps charities that do not have a health focus understand the evidence about how their social interventions improve people’s health. Addressing these could decrease overall demand and expense in the long term, and can help to keep people well.
Earlier this week the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) announced that their Charity Tax Commission will be chaired by Sir Nicholas Montagu, a former chairman of Inland Revenue, which gives assurance that this will be an independent review albeit run from NCVO. We very much welcome this review and Dan Corry has agreed to be one of the commissioners.
Commenting on the publication of the book Kids, which looks at Kids Company’s closure, NPC’s Chief Executive Dan Corry says the Kids Company case demonstrates the need for robust evidence on effectiveness, including data on outcomes.
NPC, in partnership with the Centre for Youth Impact, is leading a consortium of partners who have been appointed as learning and impact providers for the Youth Investment Fund (YIF) in order to support YIF grantees to understand and measure their impact. YIF is a £40 million investment funded by DCMS and the Big Lottery Fund.
Speaking in advance of a seminar on strengthening civil society, NPC CEO Dan Corry calls for a wide ranging review of the finance available to charities due to tax reliefs to see if they should be reconfigured to better help the sector. For this review to be most effective, it should be led by HMRC with direct charity sector input.
NPC gives a statement on the publication of the Charity Governance Code.