All organisations need creativity and energy. Charities are no different and the rewards are substantial. When you find that breakthrough, that new way of working that guarantees greater impact on the ground, the benefit is felt by the people who rely on you for support. This is precisely why staff and volunteers pour their time and hard work into charities in the first place.
Making the most of fresh ideas can be tough, though – how does a charity capture the best new approaches to a problem, test them out, put them into practice? This is what Third Sector’s fourth annual conference in partnership with NPC is all about. Chaired by Lynne Berry, it brings together charity leaders, funders, trustees, commissioners and dozens of top speakers to present the latest trends in the charity sector and explore our ability to achieve and measure impact. From social investment to commissioning, big data to measurement techniques, this conference will showcase new thinking and look to the future to anticipate the changes – and challenges – that lie ahead of us in coming years.
The day will include keynote addresses from big names who come from outside the sector to bring a whole new perspective to charity work. Amazon celebrated its 20th birthday this month, and Lesley Smith, director of public policy, will ask what charities and social enterprises can learn from this controversial firm’s success. Bobby Duffy, managing director of
Ipsos Mori, will speak about the challenges for charities in responding to public opinion.
The conference is also a chance to discuss new ideas. We’ll be joined by the political parties, including Lisa Nandy MP, the shadow minister for civil society, and the Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Barker, to talk about the view of policymakers, as well as by senior figures from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Barnardo’s, the NSPCC, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Money Advice Service. The fund managers at Bridges Ventures will discuss impact investment and Helen Stephenson, director of the government’s Office for Civil Society, will reflect on future working relations between commissioners and the third sector. It’s a chance for charities to exchange their latest thinking.
For your chance to exhibit, speak or network with charity professionals and decision-makers at this event, please contact Paul Stone on 020 8267 4755