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The charity and not-for-profit landscape is constantly changing and we are always developing new thinking, picking up good ideas and coming across valuable information that we like to pass on, in our mission to help our clients achieve even greater success.

This blog is our platform for sharing these insights as they arise, and engaging with the whole sector in the spirit of collectively striving towards excellence.

DavidSaint
David Saint
5 Dec 2017, 10:41
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Support for accessing Resilient Heritage grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund is now offering Resilient Heritage grants to organisations in the UK who want to build their capacity, or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage.
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DavidSaint
David Saint
5 Dec 2017, 10:41
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Governance – what could possibly go wrong?

The Charity Commission recently reviewed their ‘problem cases’, and came up with a list of the nine things that trustees most commonly don’t do, that could have prevented most of those cases happening at all
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DavidSaint
David Saint
5 Dec 2017, 10:41
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How to recruit trustees

Perhaps we should start with ‘how not to recruit trustees’ – because frankly the wrong way is the most common way, yet there are some very good reasons why it’s the wrong way.
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DavidSaint
David Saint
5 Dec 2017, 10:41
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‘Taken on Trust’ research into trustees, and the Charity Commission’s response

Taken on Trust is a new report into awareness and the effectiveness of charity trustees in England and Wales. At 92 pages it is a lengthy read, but it includes a wealth of insights into the role of trustees
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DavidSaint
David Saint
3 Oct 2017, 09:41
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Insights from Italy – a pay cap formula for the Third Sector?

The annual conference of EUConsult (the European network of consultant to the not-for-profit sector) proved a wonderful opportunity for reflection, refreshment and learning, this time in the splendid surroundings of the Angelicum University in Rome.
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DavidSaint
David Saint
3 Oct 2017, 09:41
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Improving Lives, Strengthening Communities: New priorities for The Henry Smith Charity

I felt privileged to be invited to the recent launch of The Henry Smith Charity’s new funding strategy – not least because we were informed that this resulted from the Charity’s first strategic review in 400 years!
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CorinnaLoges
Corinna Loges
3 Oct 2017, 09:41
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GDPR implementation: Feeling Overwhelmed?

I recently attended the Third Sector Briefing on GDPR and was quite surprised by how many charities, according to the show of hands, admitted to not being prepared for Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect in just a few months’ time.
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DavidSaint
David Saint
3 Oct 2017, 09:41
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The £1.19m answer: Einstein’s Theory of Happiness

I was fascinated to read recently that Einstein’s ‘Theory of Happiness’ had been sold at auction for £1.19m. Spoiler alert – at the end of this piece I’m going to tell you what it is!
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KateNicholas
Kate
3 Oct 2017, 09:41
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Managing Reputation - Inoculating Against Crisis

It was Warren Buffet who once said “It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it” – a statement that resonates more today than ever before; except these days when a damaging social media post can travel the world in a click of a mouse, it can only take five seconds.
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IanOReilly
Ian
30 Aug 2017, 10:41
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The Value of a Mentor

The most honest feedback I receive in life is after the final whistle is blown and I’m sitting in the pub with my mates.  For me, the feedback is often brutal as they take turns to analyse my football skills, detailing my ‘lack of pace’ in trying to keep up with the pacey 17-year-old...
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GavinSpencer
Gavin
30 Aug 2017, 10:41
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Challenge Events – An Antidote to GDPR - The Great Depression of People Raising (money)

Over the last few years I feel we have been in a ‘great depression’ within the charity sector. This has been fuelled by numerous negative media stories and more recently the introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
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DavidSaint
David Saint
30 Aug 2017, 10:41
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CV Tips – From The Recruiter’s Perspective

Having recently read 79 applications for one role, and 6 for another, I have become a bit blasé about ‘passionate’, ‘committed’, ‘high achiever’, ‘driven’, ‘results orientated’ ….. you see the same words and phrases coming up again and again.
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CorinnaLoges
Corinna Loges
30 Aug 2017, 10:41
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Worried about GDPR? Keep calm and embrace the opportunity

As a former CEO of a smaller sized charity relying heavily on individual giving, I fully understand the concern felt by many small and medium sized charities regarding the implementation of the new Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and e-Privacy Regulation coming into effect in May 2018.
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TimGlynneJones
Tim Glynne-Jones
30 Aug 2017, 10:41
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Website woes? Here’s a solution

When it comes to publicising the work of your charity, a good website is essential. We hear from a lot of people who know this but feel hamstrung by cost, saying it will require £20k or more. Well, you might be encouraged to learn that our new website was designed, built and written for less than £10k.
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ClareBaker
Clare Baker
30 Aug 2017, 10:41
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Postcard from Peru

Do you remember having to do homework for your first day of the new school year: ‘What I did in my summer holidays’. Maybe 'What I learned in my summer holidays' is more valuable? Either way, I'm sure my favourite English teacher, Miss Lovatt, would say this post is 30 years' overdue.
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DavidSaint
David Saint
30 Aug 2017, 10:41
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When the problem is having too much money

This may seem an extraordinary topic to explore in a charity sector newsletter, but over the past 12 months Action Planning has worked with at least 6 organisations for whom this was a significant issue.
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DaveTyler
Dave Tyler
30 Aug 2017, 10:41
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Project management? Never heard of it…

I’ve been a professional project manager for over 20 years and freelance for about 10.  Because of that, I take it for granted that ‘project management matters’ and assume that everyone feels the same way.
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DavidSaint
David Saint
12 Jul 2017, 10:41
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When is it the right time to do a capital appeal feasibility study?

An appeal for a major capital project is not an everyday occurrence for most organisations, and if this is outside the experience of all the key people (eg trustees, senior management team) it can be very difficult to know where to start.
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