This is a preview of our headline findings, released in advance of the main report. For our full research findings, head to thinkNPC.org/resource-hub/STOTS2020.
Headline findings for charities and funders to help respond to the COVID-19 outbreak
This year we at NPC plan to launch and update to our State of the Sector programme of work, looking at the perceptions of leading charities around what makes the sector effective and the issues it faces,
In light of the COVID-19 crisis and the likelihood that charities will form a big part of the response (and be adversely affected) we are releasing selected results now.
We hope they will give a picture of the challenges charities were facing just before the crisis, so these factors can be included in the targeting of funding and support from philanthropists and government, as well as the planning of any response, to maximise its effectiveness for the country, and for the sector. For more on why we have released our headline findings now, watch this video.
Important findings include:
- Charity leaders reported doing more in almost every area than 2017 and so may have been spread thinly when the crisis hit. For example, in 2017 83% of charities said they were delivering services or products. In 2019/20 this rose to 89%.
- Less than half (47%) of charities believed that independent funders offered the flexible core funding which NPC expects will be vital to keeping them afloat in the crisis.
- Charities’ confidence on their ability to use digital technology has dropped by 11 percentage points to 59% from 70% since 2017. This may leave them struggling to shift services online to reach isolated people during quarantine and social isolation.
Please get in touch if you have questions or would like to explore working with us and see our other work on supporting the sector to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.
Helping philanthropists and charities tackle COVID-19
A collaborative effort to help philanthropists keep charities serving throughout the coronavirus crisis, and prepare for whatever challenges the post-covid world will hold.
If the unofficial motto of the charity sector is ‘we do what needs to be done’—then right now with coronavirus we face an unprecedented challenge of working out what does need to be done. We need to adapt and ask how those who support us can also help
The Indigo Trust will be making grants over the course of the next few days that represent 250% of the value of their normal annual giving.
The country is in a very deep crisis. At NPC we are working with philanthropists and partners on how they can more effectively fund charities now, and we want to hear your ideas about what more can be done.
State of the Sector
NPC's research on the State of the Sector involving 400 charity leaders. The findings hold up a mirror to the sector and highlight examples of those charities leading the way.
Rethinking the charity sector for the future > the first output of our State of the Sector programme.
We're exploring bold and imaginative responses in times of change to help the charity sector adapt and thrive.
State of the Sector 2020: Why insights and understanding are vital at this critical time for the charity sector
State of the Sector is our comprehensive survey of the opinions of charity leaders. PwC are proud to once again be co-sponsors of this research, at this critical juncture for the charity sector.
State of the sector, our comprehensive survey of the opinions of charity leaders is returning for 2020. Theo Clay, lead researcher on the project sets out what's changed, what's stayed the same, and what we hope to achieve.
Here we publish 16 essays from innovative leaders in the social sector. They're thinking about, and putting into action, new ways of achieving social change for the causes and beneficiaries their organisations exist to serve. This is third output from NPC's #StateoftheSector programme.