The Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School (Cass CCE) is a leading nonprofit and philanthropy centre in the UK.

For over 30 years CCE has drawn on sound research and the shared experiences of our academics, consultants and clients to offer support and guidance to nonprofit leaders who want to drive significant change – be this governance, strategy, leadership. In this time, we have been enhancing the performance of hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals across the nonprofit sector.

25 years

of Charity Talks

5

Charities Master's

100+

consultancy projects per year

Our purpose

We aspire to see a voluntary, community and social enterprise sector constantly extending its own knowledge boundaries and driving performance excellence – whilst developing and inspiring the next generation of leaders.

Our mission

Our enduring mission is to drive transformation in the sector. We constantly seek to innovate and to deliver sustainable change through our charity training, events, our consultancy and business services and our applied research to support the sector in the UK and internationally.

We are the nonprofit sector’s academic hub. We are the place where charity leaders can gain world-class Charities Master’s Programmes, and meet and network with peers and share their experiences and ideas.

Our inspirational alumni lead some of the UK’s most successful charities and return regularly for professional development programmes, consultancy services and networking events. They are core to delivering our ongoing mission to drive transformation within the sector and society.

Our values

Our values set us apart and are fundamental to everything that we do:

  • We deliver independence of thought and action
  • We show integrity in maintaining our position as critical friend to our colleagues, clients and users
  • We are outcomes-led focussing on the best interest of the learner, their organisation and in particular its users and beneficiaries
  • We are consistent in our approach whilst adopting a loose / tight mentality to ensure clients’ needs are always met or exceeded
  • We will turn down opportunities which we believe do not support our values

Our history

CCE was formed in 2004 through a partnership between Cass Business School and The Worshipful Company of Management Consultants. It is based on the vision of its founding director, Professor Ian Bruce, who wanted the voluntary and community sector to enjoy the qualities of leadership and management development that he had experienced in the private sector.

Professor Paul Palmer took over as Director of the Centre in January 2010 bringing a wealth of academic and practitioner experience. CCE is currently led by Professor Palmer with Alex Skailes, Director, Consulting and Professional Development, and Dr Peter Grant, Director of the Charities Master’s programme.

Events

Professional Development Programmes

Consultancy and Business Services

Charities Master's programmes