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Charity Futures is an independent think tank promoting the long term sustainability of charities.

We challenge ourselves and others to think more deeply about the future by asking difficult questions, promoting conversation and provoking debate.

A strong sector delivers a strong society.




Charity Futures is a community interest company, not a charity, which aims to promote discussion on how to safeguard and bolster the long-term prospects of the charitable sector. It is not itself a charity in order to promote that wider policy discussion. We do not and will not raise funds from the general public. We are known as Charity Futures and are registered as Third Sector Futures CIC, Company Number: 10730231.



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General Progress

Since our launch in July 2017 we have been busy trying to get as rounded a view as possible as to the long-term challenges facing the charitable sector, and diverse approaches for surmounting them. We have held roundtable consultations with chief executives and chairs from charities large and small, with sector experts and think tank researchers, with funders and philanthropists, charity academics and journalists, training providers, and umbrella bodies. In an effort to avoid being stuck in the London bubble, we have travelled to Exeter, Edinburgh, Sheffield, Oxford, Norfolk and Manchester to meet sector leaders. We have had more roundtables in Belfast, Cardiff, Newcastle, and Bradford.

In addition we ran a survey of charity trustees in collaboration with nfpSynergy and Third Sector magazine. The results are published here, and we held a seminar to discuss the governance learning points the exercise indicated in November. Sir Stephen continues to blog on his thoughts and experiences as we move through this process; some intermediate conclusions can be found here in our written submission to the House of Lords select committee on charities.

In 2018, we are undertaking a research consultation alongside Giving Evidence. Through hosting focus groups in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Bradford, we will find out what charities and donors wish to see researched to help them in their vital work.


Key Documents

Sir Stephen Bubb – Summer Lecture – Charity Governance in Crisis
18 July 2016