Cass CCE Celebrates 10th Birthday

10 years inspiring transformation within the nonprofit sector in 2015 –

The Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School, City University London (Cass CCE) is celebrating 10 years of inspiring transformation and leadership in the nonproft sector at a gala event at the Museum of London on 20th January.

Cass CCE is a nonprofit organisation formed a decade ago through a partnership between Cass Business School and The Worship Company of Management Consultants. Its focus was to offer nonprofit sector the same quality of leadership and management development that its President and founding director, Professor Ian Bruce had experienced in the private sector.

Professor Ian Bruce says, “In 10 years Cass CCE has become the go to place for leadership development and consultancy services in the nonprofit sector. Our mission then and now is to drive transformation in the sector and enable outstanding leadership.”

Cass CCE is a place where students can gain world class Masters degrees, where charity leaders come for cutting-edge professional development and to meet and network with peers and share their experiences and ideas. Many alumni are now leading some of the UK’s biggest charities and return regularly for events, consultancy services and networking.

Lynne Berry OBE, chair of the Commission on the Voluntary Sector & Ageing and deputy-chair of the Canal and River Trust, is an Ambassador for Cass CCE. She said, “Cass CCE has played a big part in my professional development as a charity chief executive and board member.

“I’m proud to have had an opportunity to develop leadership programmes with colleagues in the Centre. I’ve built great working relationships with key figures not only in the charitable world but also the corporate sector through the City of London’s philanthropic programmes.

I’m glad to have had the chance to contribute to CCE but most of all I’ve been stretched, challenged and inspired by the fantastic friends and colleagues I’ve worked with.”

Cass CCE comprises three parts: research, academic courses and consultancy and talent development, and it has achieved extraordinary things in the past ten years.

Top 10 Highlights of the past decade:

  • Becoming the number one centre for MSc and post-graduate Voluntary Sector Management programmes, with over 1,000 alumni worldwide
  • Improving effectiveness of charities through the delivery of 700 consultancy assignments led by a team of expert consultants in strategic thinking, governance, mergers and facilitation
  • Delivering original, specialist leadership development programmes for some of the UK’s largest nonprofits, enabling individuals and organisations to drive positive change within their subsectors
  • Generating leading-edge, thought leadership through the publication of major papers including, ‘How to become a Third Sector CEO’, ‘Delivering Effective Governance’ and ‘Bridging the Gap – moving onto nonprofit boards’
  • Being awarded a Big Lottery Grant of £2 million in 2007 for the development of the nonprofit e-learning portal, KnowHow NonProfit
  • Being awarded an ESRC grant of £2.2 million in 2008 to establish the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy, a significant five-year research hub
  • Incubating the Honorary Treasurers Forum, a unique forum created to help Honorary Treasurers in the important work that they do
  • Pioneering the first soap opera for the sector, ‘Millcaster Tales’, between 2009 and 2011
  • Publishing guides for the sector including, ‘CEOs first 100 days,’ published by ACEVO, ‘Tools for Tomorrow’, a practical guide to strategic planning published by NCVO, as well as, ‘Tools for Success,’ to build sustainability in smaller charities
  • Launching the first ever Lord Mayor’s Charity Leadership programme in November 2013 which brought together Chairs, CEOs, funders and leading supporters of charities from the City for lectures, debates and networking events and promoted better understanding and engagement within Europe’s financial capital.

Cass CCE’s range of academic courses include five world class charities Masters courses, developed specifically with sector contexts and challenges in mind, and high-calibre professional development programmes, including the ‘New Chief Executive’ and  ‘Aspiring Chief Executive’ programmes,  ‘Outstanding Leadership’ breakfasts and ‘Building Better Governance’ seminars.

Cass CCE also works in partnership with other organisations to deliver innovative educational experiences, such as the ‘Inspiring Financial Leadership Programme’ which is run with Sayer Vincent and CFG.

Cass CCE’s ever popular ‘Charity Talks’ have attracted in excess of 10,000 attendees since they were launched.  New open programmes, events and services are introduced every year. Last year, a charity investment programme was launched in collaboration with major investment firms.

For 2015, a new social investment and impact service has been launched to help nonprofits maximise the funding opportunities in the social investment market, demonstrating a commitment to future ground-breaking collaborations.

Denise Fellows, CEO Cass CCE Consultancy says, “In 10 years, we’ve delivered real impact within the sector. We plan to innovate, expand and continue to inspire charity leaders through our leading-edge professional development programmes, research and consultancy services. We are committed to supporting leaders so they can address pressing challenges and deliver transformation change for their beneficiaries and stakeholders.”

Professor Paul Palmer, Director of Cass CCE, comments on the future of the Centre, “From strong foundations you can achieve even more and Cass CCE over the next five years will continue to innovate through its applied research and programmes to both support the sector in the UK and also internationally.”

Cass Business School – Centre for Charity Effectiveness

Cass Business School is ideally placed in the City of London, close to the Bank of England, and at the heart of the capital’s charity triangle. The School’s research output is ranked as world-leading and internationally excellent. Cass is triple-accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB, placing it in the elite of global business schools.

The Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass (Cass CCE) is the leading non-profit and philanthropy centre in the UK and has significantly enhanced the performance of hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals across the non-profit sector.

Its world-class blend of academic research, postgraduate programmes, talent development and consultancy services delivers leading-edge thinking by combining extensive practical experience with best practice, theory and research.

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