NPC is a charity think tank and consultancy that occupies a unique position at the nexus between charities and funders, helping them achieve the greatest impact. This understanding of both sides of the funding equation is reflected in the variety of skills and knowledge of their people, and their backgrounds in charities and the public and private sector.
At NPC, they bring shared values and different skills to both charities and funders. By helping them use their resources more effectively, by inspiring through new thinking and by prioritising impact, they are transforming the sector.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
The idea for NPC was hatched by the well-known economist and then Goldman Sachs partner, Gavyn Davies, and his fellow partner, Peter Wheeler.
Reflecting on their decision to found NPC, Davies says: ‘In financial markets in the late 1990s there was an enormous industry dedicated to putting capital to use where it gets the highest returns. So why couldn’t the same be true of philanthropy? They found there wasn’t enough information produced in a hardheaded, independent, high-quality way.’
Davies and Wheeler proceeded to find like-minded donors to join them and, in 2002, NPC was registered and launched as a charity. Peter Wheeler, and founding trustee Harvey McGrath, remain on their board today.
HOW THEY’VE DEVELOPED
From those early days NPC has evolved dramatically, responding to their successes and failures, what they found to be making a difference, and changes in the external environment.
A strategic rethink in 2008–2009 laid the foundations for NPC today. From this they made major changes including working with charities, investing in building measurement expertise, and recognising the power of our communications in influencing the debate. They started to diversify their funding sources to remove reliance on their founders and research funding, which led to the development of their consulting services and programme of events.
Throughout, at their core, has been their dedication to:
- charity effectiveness
- Improving impact measurement
- Building powerful philanthropy
Their approach has encompassed working with individual organisations, sharing their knowledge widely, influencing the environment so it is supportive, and innovating with new approaches.
They place a theory of change at the heart of their approach as they believe it is an excellent basis for both strategy development and impact measurement. Their theory of change helps clarify both what changes they want achieve and how they intend to make these happen.
They use their theory of change to identify outcomes to measure their progress against and to ensure their activities contribute towards achieving their desired impact. They track their impact in several ways, including through client surveys and follow up interviews, participant feedback forms from their training and events, indicators of engagement with their online resources, collating anecdotal evidence, and an annual survey of stakeholders and users of their resources.
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