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Charity Talks 2017-2018

Charity Talks are one of our most popular offerings, with over 10,000 attendees since they were founded 24 years ago. The next series launches in October 2017 and runs until July 2018. The series are curated and chaired by Professor Ian Bruce CBE, President of the Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School. They take place at Cass, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ, starting at 6 for 6.30pm.

Each Talk consists of four parts:

  • Presentation – by a leading figure in the sector of a current key issue facing people in nonprofit organisations.
  • Response – from a top academic or consultant broadening out the topic to develop the issues and offering guidance for action.
  • Discussion – an opportunity for the audience to question, debate and share their ideas.
  • Buffet reception – a chance to meet and talk with the speakers and colleagues from other similar organisations.

The talks in the 2017/18 series will take place as follows:

Wednesday 25 October 2017:

The New Economy of Free Work – the role of charities in a post-employment world

Charles Handy CBE, Humanitarian thinker and author

Dr Justin Davis-Smith, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School, City, University of London

Wednesday 21 February 2018:

Good Practice Now: What have been the effective changes to running charities over the last 25 years

Professor Ian Bruce CBE, President, Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School, City University London

Professor Paul Palmer, Director, Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School, City University London

Wednesday 25 April 2018:

Title - TBC

Speaker - TBC

Speaker - TBC

Wednesday 11 July 2018:

Title - TBC

Speaker - TBC

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Tickets

The series costs £120. As we expect significant interest in this special anniversary series, we are only offering full series bookings and the dates are laid out below.

Use the red button to the right of this page to book onto the series via our e-store. Alternatively, you can request an invoice booking here.

If you are unable to book online or require an invoice made out to your organisation for payment, please e-mail Sarah at CassCCE@city.ac.uk

At each talk, there will also be a plenary discussion for sharing views and experiences and a reception with an opportunity to network. Refreshments and wine are included in the price.

Charity Talks Archive

Charity Talks series 2016/2017

Social Enterprise – can it work better for you? – 26 October 2016

Wednesday 26 October 2016, 6:00pm- 9:00pm (6:00pm for a 6:30pm start)

  • Chris Moore, Chief Executive, Clink
  • Mark Salway, Director of Social Finance, Cass CCE

How do you fulfil your mission in a practical way and break even financially? The Clink Charity provides accredited catering training to serving prisoners who provide restaurant facilities to the public who pay to eat. The restaurant has 3 income streams to help to pay for this training which reduces recidivism rates after discharge because the ex-offenders gain employment upon release. Chris Moore describes how they do all this and Mark Salway shows how many more charities can consider these social enterprise methods, which integrate raising money with service delivery.

Campaigning for less popular causes: wars, conflict and refugees – 14 December 2016

  • Mark Goldring, Chief Executive of Oxfam
  • Charlotte Ravenscroft, Director, Evidential Consulting, London


Many charities with less popular causes look across with envy at those organisations they feel have an easy time.  Mark Goldring will describe Oxfam's campaigning for peace, human rights and greater acceptance of refugees and the considerations they have to keep in mind to attempt policy and practice change. The respondent will put Oxfam's experience into a wider framework for campaigning success, especially with causes that are not so widely welcomed.

Growing leaders through internal executive coaching – 1 March 2017

Wednesday 1 March 2017, 6:00pm- 9:00pm (6:00pm for a 6:30pm start)

  • Paul Breckell, Chief Executive of Action on Hearing Loss
  • Christine Fogg,­­­­ Consultant, Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School, City, University of London

In any organisation, especially a successful charity, leadership development is a crucial, and executive coaching can play a big part – but how to afford it? Action on Hearing Loss led by Paul Breckell, is one of a tiny handful of charities developing an internal peer coaching programme which saves money on expensive external coaches; gives middle managers a chance to operate as a coach, hugely beneficial in itself; and offers other staff the experience of being coached to help them in their leadership development. Neat or what? Christine Fogg will put this experience into the wider context and comment on how others can follow suit.

How to make fundraising effective, legitimate and ethical – 3 May 2017

How to make fundraising effective, legitimate and ethical

Wed 3 May 2017 at 6 for 6.30pm

  • Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Stephen Lee, Professor of Voluntary Sector Management, Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School, City, University of London

After the many legitimate criticisms of charity fundraising, how have charities responded to the increased formal and informal regulatory environment? In particular how have they maintained and hopefully increased income? Lynda Thomas, a fundraiser before being appointed to her post and someone with influential evidence and opinions to the critical debate, will address this from Macmillan’s perspective. Stephen Lee will respond giving more broadly based advice from his extensive practical and academic knowledge.

This talk was not filmed, if you have any questions please contact CassCCE@city.ac.uk

Charity Turnarounds – changing ahead of curve – 19 July 2017

Charity Turnarounds - changing ahead of the curve

Wed 19 July 2017 at 6 for 6.30pm

  • Julie Bentley, Chief Executive of Girlguiding
  • Caroline Copeman, Consultant, Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Cass Business School, City, University of London

Charity turnarounds are usually attempted after things have gone too far, the organisation is in dire straits and the cure can be terminal. How do you judge when and how to persuade a charity that it must change before it realises it needs to, i.e. “ahead of the curve” to use a concept promoted by Charles Handy? Julie Bentley has led a change programme at Girlguiding and she will explain how, whilst Caroline Copeman will talk more generally about how organisations might think differently about reinvention and getting ahead of the curve.

This talk was not filmed, if you have any questions please contact CassCCE@city.ac.uk