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State of the Sector


Whether it is the impact of the EU referendum vote or widespread economic, political and social change, these are times of great flux for charities. NPC’s State of the Sector programme seeks to inject new thinking and ideas on how charity sector leaders can adapt and thrive in this changing context.

We believe there is both an opportunity and a necessity for charities, social enterprises and funders to rethink how they approach strategy, leadership and governance, as well as the resources they draw on and the relationships they build to deliver greater impact in a ever more complex world.

Our first paper, Boldness in times of change: Rethinking the charity sector for the future, outlines key challenges and opportunities for sector leaders. It makes the case for a bold and imaginative response and highlights ‘bright spots’ of practice throughout.

The second stage of the research was quantitative and qualitative research involving around 400 sector leaders over all. We published the findings from this research in Charities taking charge: Transforming to face a changing world. You can also view a short summary video of the research.

Flipping the narrative is the third and final product of this research. It showcases approaches and ideas from leaders across the sector who are taking bold, innovative action to transform the way they deliver impact. It is a springboard, a rally cry to the sector, and a source of ideas and motivation to transform and move forward.

Tell us what you think on Twitter using the hashtag #StateoftheSector.

We are grateful to our programme sponsors: PwCBarrow Cadbury Trust,EcclesiasticalOdgers Berndtson and Cripplegate Foundation.

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