Re-envisioning the future

Many of us in the VCS are concerned about the future; where will we get our funding from, will we be able to continue delivering services to our clients, will we survive? When the future seems bleak, it can help to re-envision the future; to me this is really about...

2014 Charity Pulse Survey

The 2014 Charity Pulse staff survey, “Reasons to be cheerful”, carried out by Birdsong Charity Consulting for Third Sector, shows clear indications of improvement over the past 12 months. The annual Charity Pulse survey seeks to measure staff satisfaction...

Collaboration

To collaborate or compete: that is the question. An African proverb goes something like If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. It’s a competitive world when it comes to ever decreasing funding, short term contracts and the need for...

Assess your Impact Practice

At an event today, attended by Nick Hurd (the Minister for Civil Society), two new impact measurement tools were launched by the Inspiring Impact coalition. The first is called Measuring up and is an on-line self assessment tool. It is intended to be used by...

10 Top Tips for an effective Board

I delivered a training course for GAVCA on Wednesday this week entitled “10 Top Tips for an effective Board”. I identified the 10 tips from my experience as a trustee and from talking to CEOs. The Charity Commission, identify an effective board as one of...