Our research is designed to build an evidence base to champion small and medium-sized charities.
The publications below can be downloaded for free or read on-screen. We welcome sharing and citation of our content.
Five Years of Funder Plus: Five Things We've Learned - published March 2019
Since 2014, we’ve piloted, tested and expanded our development support offer. We’ve commissioned independent evaluations to identify what works and where we can improve our offer for the charities we support, and now we’re sharing our findings with you.
See the full report here.
The Impact of Enhance - published March 2019
This report reviews the long-term impact our Enhance capacity building support had on participating charities, what support was most useful, what changes were achieved and what factors assisted and hindered change.
Read the full report here.
This report evaluates our Grow pilot programme, which sought to improve the capability and capacity of small charities with incomes below £75,000.
Read the summary report here.
A quiet crisis: local government spending on disadvantage - published September 2018.
This report looks at local government spending in England on services for disadvantaged adults and children facing disadvantage. The research shows that 97% of spending cuts are in the fifth most deprived councils despite them also having higher levels of need.
Read the summary report here.
Value of Small - published June 2018
Read the full report here
Read the summary and case studies here
Trading for Good - published February 2018
This report on small and medium-sized social enterprises was written by Social Enterprise UK and commissioned by the Lloyds Bank Foundation. Trading For Good shows the important impact small to medium social enterprises are having on some of the poorest communities in the UK and calls for more to be done to encourage Government, funders and the public to ensure social enterprises are supported.
More Than Grants - published December 2017
This series of publications, written as part of a collaboration between the Lloyds Bank Foundation and NPC, asks whether charitable foundations in the UK are doing enough—and are doing the right things—to support the voluntary and community sector. These publications include Why Grant Makers Must Learn New Tricks, How Funders Can Support Grantee Effectiveness and How Funders Can Use Their Influence For Good.
Facing Forward - published March 2017
This report presents an analysis of the ten upcoming political, economic, social and technological changes which will affect small and medium charities working at the heart of communities.
Written by Charlotte Ravenscroft (Evidential Consulting), the analysis offers small charities a robust framework of how they can take action and adapt to changing operating landscapes, before it’s too late.
Commissioning in Crisis - published December 2016
This research brings together the experiences of small charities who have taken part in 120 tenders and shines a spotlight on a catalogue of errors and unacceptable hoops small charities are forced to jump through to be able to continue supporting local people in need.
The report identifies that poor commissioning practices, far from being isolated issues, are widespread. Read the Executive Summary.
Championing small but vital charities - published November 2016
Small and local charities play a vital role in their community but they need your help to not only survive, but thrive. A version for Wales is also available to download, as well as a version of this in Welsh which you can download here.
Small & medium-sized charities after the crash - published February 2016
This research was commissionied to better understand what is happening financially to the small and medium-sized charities we fund, why this matters, and how we can help charities to continue supporting those most at risk.
Expert yet undervalued and on the front line - published July 2015
This report details the challenges and opportunities facing charities – in their own words. It’s built upon the responses of 800 grantees to a survey earlier in 2015.
The report also highlights what funders and government need to do to enable small and medium sized charities to do what they do best: meet the needs of those most at risk.