The covid-19 pandemic brought about a host of changes in the experience and practises of charities and funders in the UK. We set up Rethink Rebuild to find out what those changes are, which changes helped make charities more impactful, and how they could be continued.
Through workshops, conversations, and our NPC Labs site this first phase of Rethink Rebuild has brought together the voices of over 300 charities, funders and others in the social sector. We have also reviewed evidence about the sector which emerged during the pandemic, as well as other initiatives already underway to support change in the sector.
Through this first phase we have identified five major cross-sector changes which could be continued to help make charities and funders more impactful and effective in delivering their missions, and be instrumental in recreating the social sector people need in the long-term.
Five ideas for a more progressive charity and philanthropy sector
The charities and funders who came to our workshops have helped shape and guide these ideas, by telling us where they thought the most urgent changes were needed, and which ideas, models, and approaches they felt had the most potential to transform the sector.
But this list is by no means exhaustive. We’ve focused on strategic cross-sector changes, rather than on-the-ground delivery challenges. There were also some significant strategic challenges, like climate change, that we haven’t included in this first phase of Rethink Rebuild.
Rethink Rebuild will continue to be a collaborative process. Our next phase is about turning these five ideas into practice. We’re looking for more funders and charities who want to work with us to pilot and scale new approaches and share their experience to help us develop practical tools and guidance for more charities and funders.
What this looks like is different for each of the five ideas, and on each page you’ll see who you can speak with to get involved. Alternatively, if you would like to get involved in more than one strand, get in touch here.
We’d like to thank everyone who gave their time and ideas to this first phase of Rethink Rebuild through coming to our events, workshops, sharing their ideas in NPC Labs, or publishing intelligence on the sector throughout the crisis.
We are grateful to the Gatsby Charitable Foundation for supporting this work.