UK Charities

Rethinking Careers Support for Young People

Anand Shukla | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Anand Shukla

At first glance, the importance placed by all of the main parties on supporting apprenticeships, vocational training, careers advice and widening participation build on the commitments in the 2010 manifestos and are to be welcomed. We must though learn the lessons of the last five years, where the actual record is more mixed.

The Next Government Should Commit to a Public Services Pledge

John Tizard | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

In less than two weeks' time, the general election ballot boxes will be back in storage (though few would dare predict for how long). And then, sometime after 7th May, the UK will have a new government.

Signs of the Times

Dan Corry | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Dan Corry

Our mission here at NPC is to try and increase the impact that the not-for-profit sector achieves. And one of the most important things we have done i...

General Election - Charities Must 'Get In There' and Engage

John Tizard | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Every charity will have its own policy agenda that it will wish to pursue, and many will (I fervently hope) have been promoting these agendas, locally and nationally, over the last few years, prior to the forthcoming general election campaign.

Lucy Sherriff

'I've Been Given A Second Chance': Meet The Charity Helping Young People Excluded From School | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

One in six young people who have been excluded from school will die before they reach 25. Two thirds of the current prison population were exclude...

£8k Could Buy You An Apple Watch Edition. Or It Could Pay For All This Amazing Charity Work...

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Comedy

If you think £299 is extravagant for a timepiece, then how about £8,000? Yes, the starting price for the new Apple Watch Edition is a cool £8,0...

The Journey Is the Reward

Alexander Kodisch | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alexander Kodisch

I love traveling, leaving home in a small car and driving somewhere. You do not know what happens the next day and what people you meet on your way, what type of landscape you will see when you wake up.

The Curious Case of 'Bad Behaviour' in Charities

Abdurahman Sharif | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK
Abdurahman Sharif

The reaction from the Charity Commission on these cases was in my eyes exemplary. Not only did it act swiftly to remove a charity that should have never been on their register in the first place but it also was quick to reassure the public on social media and elsewhere that the programme did 'not reflect the vast majority of charities that are properly run by honest trustees'.

The Charity Sector Should Not Be Afraid of Being Transparent and Open

John Tizard | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Rather than wait for a future government to impose new requirements the sector should develop its own transparency standards and promote their adoption by all charities.The principle should be that charities believe in transparency and will adopt exemplar practice.

Why One Man Wishes His Terminally Ill Son Was A Dog

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK

People would rather give money to help a dog than a dying child, an innovative advertising experiment has suggested. Charity Harrison's Fund had of...

Charity Regulation: Time to Debate the Fundamentals, Not Just the Charity Commission and Its Chair

John Tizard | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The re-appointment of William Shawcross as Chair of the Charity Commission has understandably and rightly sparked much media and charity sector interest in his views and political allegiance as well as the role of the Commission itself. The latter is old news...

Voluntary and Community Sector Must Engage in General Election Now!

John Tizard | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The UK General Election is only four months away. This will be a very significant general election with potentially major implications for the future of the state, the economy, society and consequently for the charity and voluntary and community sector.

Charity Behind Viral Phenomenon Kony 2012 Is Shutting Down

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK

The charity behind one of the biggest viral campaigns in history is to close its headquarters and transfer most of its operations to African partners,...

A Message for 2015 to Charity Sector Leaders: Step Up - or Step Aside

John Tizard | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The charity and wider voluntary and community sector faces many challenges, most of which originate externally. However, I do fear that an unfortunate proportion (hopefully not too large a proportion)of these challenges are self-generated, and of these, it seems to me that far too many stem from within these organisations' executive and trustee leadership teams.

The Criminalisation of Islam in The British Media

Dilly Hussain | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Dilly Hussain

The coordinated propaganda against Islam in the media is occurring for a reason, and that reason is to fan Islamophobia in order to create an atmosphere of hate, distrust, suspicion and fear of Muslims.

How to Solve 'The NHS Problem', Part Two

Hugh Salmon | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Last time, I discussed the need for the NHS to differentiate between 'treatment' and 'care'. In the last week, three stories have emerged to support this view..

Hidden Charities of London

Usman Butt | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Usman Butt

Charities like CAIA were able fostering and strengthening communal culture and identity, in addition to providing much needed assistance. However, a much wider debate about how charities are funded is needed, otherwise charities like CAIA will face an uncertain future.

The Real National Lottery Winners

Jennie Price | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Jennie Price

For two decades money raised by National Lottery players has been re-invested in local communities and national projects to the tune of an eye-watering £32billion. Anyone who has ever bought a National Lottery ticket has helped to combat homelessness, tackle the stigma of mental health illness, inspired filmmakers, kept museums open and parks appealing.

A Devastating Crisis of Confidence Is Holding State School Leavers Back

Andrew Law | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Law

I would love to believe that we now live in a meritocratic nation in which success depends on talent and hard work rather than connections and class. But it is evidently not so.

Why Are Muslim Charities Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

Abdurahman Sharif | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK
Abdurahman Sharif

What is even more alarming is that this type of 'prejudiced' open source information is then stored by software used by banks and other interested parties to monitor charities and assess risks involved with running accounts for them.

Charities and Working With Local and National Media

Andy Winter | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK
Andy Winter

The national media is a completely different beast. They have no interest or need to nurture a relationship. They have a filing deadline and, working in a competitive market, they don't have to consider the consequences of their stories.

Confessions of a Charity Leader: Big vs Small

Alex Smith | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK
Alex Smith

The vast majority of smaller charities are parent led and born out of a desire to have some element of control over a situation that is often out of their control and with little hope. ..

Helping IS? Air Drop For Kurds Stolen By Militants, Amid Claims That 'Half' Charity Money Is Going To Group

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK

Islamic State group fighters seized at least one air drop of weapons airdropped by US -led coalition forces intended for Kurdish militiamen battling t...

Self-Confidence Is Essential in the Voluntary and Community Sector

John Tizard | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
John Tizard

The voluntary and community sector faces unprecedented challenges. These challenges are deep and very significant including the withdrawal of public funding, political attacks, and increased demand for services (especially as a result of cuts to public services and the impact of austerity).

Memorandum to the New Minister for Civil Society - Time for Action

John Tizard | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Dear Minister, Welcome to the new job. I write this memorandum as someone who works with many civil society organisations, is a trustee of some national and local charities and as a former senior executive in that sector.