It takes a constant balance of head and heart to make a difference.
Charities, funders and trustees must be passionate about a cause, but you also need dispassionate charity analysis to ensure your decisions are smart.
This way, you can ensure individual passions are working in service of your work or funding.
See how charity analysis can help you and your organisation do good, better.
Featured resources for charity analysis
NPC's step-by-step guide to charity analysis, outlining our tried and tested approach which focuses on the key characteristics we believe are common to all effective charities.
'There’s a lot to do if a funder wants to analyse a charity. What if the funder only has two hours to make a decision? Or a day at most?’
Last week I talked about part 1: analysing a charity in two hours, and focused on the first hour of desk research. This week, I'm talking about the phone call with the chief executive.
This week we launched a new guide to charity analysis. Ruth Gripper explains what the guide is, and how it can help both charities and donors understand what an effective charity looks like.
Our research captures our sector in the final few months of calm before the storm, offering insight into its strengths, weaknesses, challenges and risks, so that philanthropists, funders and policy makers can best support charities to help those who rely on them now more than ever.
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.
One of the most exciting things about State of the Sector 2020, is its potential to compare its findings with our original research conducted in 2017 to see what's changed. Iona Joy sadly left us this year but before she did she shared the changes she's seen in the state of the 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.
The programme for this year's NPC Ignites has been announced. Find out what the hot topics are and who will be debating them.
Sir Nicholas Montagu KCB, Chair of the Charity Tax Commission shares his thoughts on the role and goals of the commission as it launches a new call for evidence.
NPC's new Head of Policy and External Affairs, Nathan Yeowell, reflects on his first NCVO conference and the new Charity Comission chair.
The government has finally responded to the House of Lords Select Committee report on Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society—ten months after its publication. This week the Lords discussed the government’s response, and were not impressed. Nathan Yeowell, NPC’s new Head of Policy and External Affairs, has four reflections on the debate and the status of the report as we look forward to the year ahead.
15 years doesn’t sound long, but it means we're older than Twitter, the X factor and the financial crash. So we've seen a few things. Here our longest serving member of staff and head of our charities team, Iona Joy, shares her top lessons from a decade and a half of trying to do good better.
NPC has been working for a decade and a half to improve the work of charitable organisations. Here our CEO Dan Corry explains why this milestone is no cause for rest, but merely a platform to continue to transform the charity sector.
Yesterday's publication of the Taylor Review—which looks at modern work and employment practices—has rightly received lots of attention. And its findings bring a much needed prompt for the charity sector to scrutinise how it treats its employees. There are difficult questions to be asked and issues to be balanced. Here, Andrew Weston looks at job instability, low pay, and overwork in charity sector.
When buying an item, we often shop around to compare deals—do a bit of work to find the best quality product that does the best job for the best value. So how can we do the same when donating our money?