Why setting goals that you can’t achieve is the key to population-level social change
How business thinking can help non-profits grow impact and income. Everything you need to know about earning income and using business techniques to deliver social change.
Our twice-yearly, invitation-only seminars are the only place where CEOs of the UK’s largest charities come together to share their insights and experiences around the sector’s greatest challenges and opportunities.
In April 2019 the Charities Aid Foundation, in association with ACEVO, published the outcome of its research on the greatest challenges charities face.
Being a professional means knowing that you can’t please all the people all the time, and experience means that you have those conversations up front.
One of the themes in my recent conversations with the sector, is the desire to engage better with businesses. There are two opportunities: income and mission, but one is far greater than the other.
Within the media stories about Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain going into administration, are hidden lessons for many charities.
Honesty, candour and the willingness to share openly are among the sector’s greatest attributes, but they have far more potential than is currently being realised.
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.
Whether charities should be seeking more mergers or better collaborations seems to be a knotty question, but only because we’re looking at it all wrong.