How much more effective could your charity be if its people were more professional?
For centuries we’ve lived in a capitalist world shaped largely by commercial and economic interests, and that’s not changing any time soon, but commercial markets can be a powerful force for good.
Innovation, or so we believe, is the silver bullet that will simultaneously broaden our reach, increase our impact, raise us out of the crowd and future-proof our organisation. The irony is, a silver bullet is the last thing we should be looking for.
Three years ago I felt like something of a lone voice in championing the commercial opportunity for charities. Now, it feels like awareness and interest is definitely gaining momentum.
One of the biggest challenges for charities over the next few years will be how to bridge the gap between the money you can raise, and the money you need to spend, and there are just three ways to do that…
If all you’re doing in most of your meetings is agreeing to carry on with the current plan, your time would probably be better spent elsewhere.
Easter is usually a quiet time here at Drake Towers. This year though, things were different…
Most of the charities I work with are having to change, but the thing that most often slows them down, is persuading their passionate long-standing people to embrace those changes
Like any tool that’s poorly understood, the “theory of change” seems to have as many nay-sayers as proponents. So, in an attempt to demystify what can be an extremely powerful technique, let me share my experience.
Nobody enjoys closing services, cutting staff, and potentially reducing impact, but if that’s what needs to happen, it can’t be done reluctantly and half-heartedly.