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  • How to innovate

    In a tough marketplace, organisations and individuals have to be innovative in order to provide better products and services than their competitors. This ‘How to’ provides some basic principles to develop your personal and organisational attitude to innovation regardless of the size of your income or supporter base. 

  • Strategy maps

    A strategy map is a tool to help stakeholders visualise and get hooked into the strategy.

  • PEST analysis

    A simple way of exploring what's going on in your external environment.

  • What is future foresight

    Explores foresight or the strategic analysis process of looking at your operating environment and identifying trends that could affect you.

  • New thinking on outcomes-focused strategy

    An article stimulating new thinking on outcomes-focused strategy by Dr Richard Piper, former head of strategy and impact, NCVO.

  • How to engage with parliamentary candidates

    A lot of charities target sitting MPs in many of their campaigning efforts. However it’s also important to engage prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs), particularly before an election. Parliamentary candidates could replace current MPs, especially in marginal seats. Engaging PPCs from all sides of the political spectrum when appropriate can demonstrate that you are complying with charity law, the Charity Commission guidance, and the Lobbying Act requiring charities to remain politically neutral. It also ensures that your organisation’s voice is heard, no matter who is in Government. Here are some tips on how to engage PPCs effectively:

  • Making the most of your back office services

    South London CVS Partnership share with us what they learnt from a project focusing on making the most of your back office services.

  • How to run effective campaigns

    A step-by-step guide to planning and running an effective campaign.

  • How to merge organisations

    This is a brief guide highlighting key points which will be helpful for those contemplating a merger.

  • Plan and deliver a communications and involvement strategy

    Investing time in preparing and planning the communication of your strategy will set the foundations for alignment.

  • How to write a business plan for your charity

    This guide sets out the areas that charities should cover in a business plan. A business plan describes your organisation and its activities, or a specific project. It sets out your goals, plans, finances, and the risks you face. Your plan should also show that you understand your market, and that the work you do has both a social and financial return. You may need a business plan if you’re: trying to secure funding setting up a new organisation starting to trade in an existing organization. Getting a winning business plan ready is the wisest decision that a firm can make to gear up its further growth. After all, you can only execute your business ideas when you already have a plan ready at your hand, said Brian O. from Essays.Discount &  HR management software .   Before you get started Read this article on what you need to think about before you start working on your business plan . Business plan template If you’re an NCVO member you can download a business plan template , with more detailed guidance on what to include in each section.

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