Making better strategy - a breakfast discussion

Making better strategy - a breakfast discussion

We recently published an article called “How do we make better strategy?” inspired by conversations we have been having with our clients.

Last month, we hosted a breakfast bringing together a dozen senior leaders from charities and social progress organisations to discuss these issues.

This article summarises the discussion. It covers how people think about strategy, the practical challenges they face and some of the steps they were taking to make better strategy.

Why don't charities merge?

Why don't charities merge?

Everyone knows mergers in the charity sector are rare. There are 168,000 charities in England and Wales, yet in the last year there were fewer than a hundred mergers.

Firetail surveyed 39 Charity Chief Executives and senior leaders from across our network to understand why. We wanted to get a sense of why there are so few mergers in the sector, who should merge and what, if anything, should be done about the issue.

Higher Education: What can universities learn from charities?

Higher Education: What can universities learn from charities?

Universities are often told to learn lessons from business. They are almost never told to learn from charities.

Yet many of the strategic challenges facing universities are similar to those faced by the charity sector over the last ten years.

We think that the sectors have lots to learn from each other, and that there are many rewarding opportunities for learning and collaboration. 

Europe's philanthropists weighing up the value of good deeds

Philanthropic organisations are increasingly measuring the impact of their programmes, and tools and methodologies for measuring impact are developed and improved continuously. This Economist article quotes Firetail's director, Andy Martin, on the importance of having a Theory of Change, outlining why you do what you do and how it leads to better outcomes. 

Read the full article here >