Posts Tagged: management

Franchising: not just for coffee chains

I’m often reminded of a cartoon I once saw showing two fundraisers, sitting in a bar, looking depressed. One is bemoaning to the other how unsexy the charity he works for is, while the other looks on unbelievingly.

I run the charity Changing Tunes, and it really is about as unsexy as you can get. We work with prisoners and ex-prisoners; even the ones who have committed the most horrific crimes, using music teaching, rehearsing, recording, performance, improvisation and composition to aid their rehabilitation. This unsexiness makes fundraising interesting, to say the least. So when we decided to expand nationally from our regional base, we took a long hard look at how to do that in a sustainable way. Read more on Franchising: not just for coffee chains…

Mergers are worth funding – even if they don’t work out

Third Sector has reported that the Cabinet Office awarded £95,000 in grants to two pairs of charities that explored mergers and ultimately chose not to press ahead. To some this might have raised questions about why grant money was spent on mergers that appeared to be unsuccessful –but this is completely the wrong way to look at it. The sector desperately needs more money to support mergers, not less, and we also need a strong dose of realism about what funding can achieve. Read more on Mergers are worth funding – even if they don’t work out…

What living with cancer taught me about the role of charity

In June 2013, I began work as the chief executive of a small charity. It was a steep though enjoyable learning curve. Then, four months later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Read more on What living with cancer taught me about the role of charity…

Why don’t we talk about time management?

While there’s a massive literature on
time management and how to be more effective at work, I am often struck by how
little discussion there is of this among third sector professionals. We see it
as something possibly to teach our admin staff and we laugh at the public
sector, but we tend, in an unspoken way, to assume that we are optimally

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