Impact practice – user voice, small charities, media coverage

New from think-tank New Philanthropy Capital is ‘User voice: Putting people at the heart of impact practice‘. The report explains how charities can best harness the views and needs of their beneficiaries in order to improve their impact. It gives a step-by-step guide, and highlights organisations already adopting various ways of involving and empowering their beneficiaries.

Recognising small charity impact

Recognising the valuable contribution small charities make‘ is a blog from the chief executive of the Lloyds Bank Foundation. » Continue reading news item ... “Impact practice – user voice, small charities, media coverage”

Think tank updates its guide to analysing charity effectiveness

Think tank New Philanthropy Capital has produced a guide on how to assess whether a charity is operating effectively. Their step-by-step guide outlines “our tried and tested approach which focuses on the key characteristics we believe are common to all effective charities”.

This builds on their popular 2010 publication ‘The little blue book’ as well as 15 years experience of charity analysis, and their latest thinking for today’s context. » Continue reading news item ... “Think tank updates its guide to analysing charity effectiveness”

Think tank makes proposals on charity governance improvements

Sector think tank New Philanthropy Capital has produced suggestions on how charity governance can be improved, along with the impact of the sector as a whole.

The policy paper recommendations include:

  • Annual reporting by large charities to the Charity Commission (via the Statement of Recommended Practice) should focus on a charity’s impact as well as its financial standing.
  • The same annual reporting should include details on training and evaluation undertaken by the board to develop its own work and remain effective.
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Theory of change – could it work at sector level?

A short discussion article from sector think tank New Philanthropy Capital, ‘Developing theories of change for entire sectors‘ looks at the basics and also asks “How might this approach be useful?”.

In this context a sector could be, for example, prison education.

The piece also issues an invite:

If you are working in a sector that you think might benefit from this approach then do get in touch.

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Seeing whether foundations make an impact

Work on assessing the impact of a leading (American) charitable foundation, which invests for social and/or environmental purposes, has led New Philanthropy Capital to create a new framework. The Impact Assurance Classification enables the comparison of investments based on their impact.

NPC has an article giving some background, ‘A game-changer for impact investing‘. The publication ‘Investing for impact: Practical tools, lessons, and results‘ provides practical tools and guidance for other impact investors to apply to their own portfolio, as well as the results of NPC’s review of the impact created by the KL Felicitas Foundation. » Continue reading news item ... “Seeing whether foundations make an impact”

Reviewing the impact of volunteering

New from Third Sector Research Centre is ‘Third sector impacts on human resources and community: a critical review’.

This working paper – a literature review – looks at current evidence on what impact volunteering and working in the sector has on individuals and community.

Some of the main conclusions that caught our eye:

  • At the individual level the positive benefits of third sector involvement are (more) available to those who are already better off than others.
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