Close Search
 
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  Innovation

What Makes a Good Charity?


4 October 2016 at 11:01 am
Lina Caneva
Good charity analysis is one of the key ways to review and improve performance, and allow funders to better understand where to put their money to achieve maximum impact, according to a new step-by-step-guide by UK think tank, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC).


Lina Caneva | 4 October 2016 at 11:01 am


0 Comments


 Print
What Makes a Good Charity?
4 October 2016 at 11:01 am

Good charity analysis is one of the key ways to review and improve performance, and allow funders to better understand where to put their money to achieve maximum impact, according to a new step-by-step-guide by UK think tank, New Philanthropy Capital (NPC).

NPC’s latest free publication, What Makes a Good Charity, is split into four key areas: purpose, impact practice, people, and finance and operations.

“In the guide we explain why each area is important, the key questions to ask and what to look for in order to reach a judgement about an organisation’s effectiveness,” NPC chief executive Dan Corry said.

“It also helps charities themselves improve and so deliver more of the social and other outcomes that they are set up to achieve.”Corry said that since NPC published its first guide in 2010, the environment for charities has changed.

“We have seen the growth of new forms of finance, the shift, for many charities, from grant funding to contract delivery, ongoing demographic and societal changes, digital technology opening up new possibilities and a charity’s’ public benefit no longer being taken as read,” he said.

NPC charity graph

“Recent scandals and problems have brought a renewed focus on governance. What it takes to be effective as a charity in this environment has evolved and that evolution is reflected in this guide.

“We place a greater emphasis on the involvement of people using the charity, as well as on organisational culture, in supporting effectiveness. The need for organisations to be able to adapt and respond to change is greater.

“In our recent work we have explored how successful charities are embracing digital technology and the idea of ‘systems change’ as a way to tackle the root causes of complex problems. These ideas, too, have informed the development of this new guide.

We believe that analysis can help charities to improve. It can help funders to identify charities’ strengths and weaknesses, and make decisions about how to allocate resources. It can help charities to assess their own performance and make improvements to their organisation.”

The NPC guide also includes an assessment grid to summarise what “good” looks like for each of the four key areas and a blank template for notes as participants work through the guide. A separate assessment grid template can be downloaded and printed.


Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years. She was the editor of Pro Bono Australia News from when it was founded in 2000 until 2018.

PB Careers
Get your biweekly dose of news, opinion and analysis to keep you up to date with what’s happening and why it matters for you, sent every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers? Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au or download our contributor guidelines.

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Data collaborations enabling innovation

Mike Davis

Wednesday, 24th June 2020 at 5:25 pm

TikTok and organisational innovation during COVID-19

Doug Taylor

Wednesday, 17th June 2020 at 4:52 pm

Aussie kids challenged to solve global problems during lockdown

Maggie Coggan

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020 at 5:12 pm

The project filling in the coronavirus language gap

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 29th April 2020 at 5:39 pm

pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook
×

We need your help.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Pro Bono Australia has seen a devastating fall in advertising and less people posting on our job board, which is how we fund our free news service. You can show us that you value the work we do by making a contribution.

 Make a contribution 

You have Successfully Subscribed!