COVID-19 response

All of our part-time charities master’s degreesprofessional development programmes and events are being delivered online during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We will be using different platforms and programme formats in order to ensure that all our programmes offer a high-quality, varied and engaging learning experience.

The latest information about City, University of London’s response to the pandemic can be found on the students and visitors page.

Our staff, consultants and faculty remain dedicated to supporting our clients during this challenging time; please feel free to reach out with any questions or requests to

Upcoming events

Charity Talk: Leading through uncertainty

Wednesday 24th February 2021
From 17:30 for an 18:00 start
Where: Online event

Margaret HeffernanMargaret Heffernan, businesswoman, author of Wilful Blindness and other publications, and Professor in Practice at the University of Bath.

Drawing on her latest book Uncharted, Margaret explains why ‘ineradicable uncertainty remains inherent to human life’ and never more so than during a pandemic. Through an exploration of people and organisations who are not daunted by uncertainty, she will share what skills and behaviours are needed to navigate the future successfully with agility and creativity.

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Webinar: Demystifying Social Finance and Social Investment

Wednesday 10th March 2021
From: 17:15 for an 17:30 start
Where: Online event

Demystifying Social Finance and Social Investment book coverIn this webinar, Mark Salway and Jim Clifford will discuss their recently published book ‘Demystifying Social Finance and Social Investment’ and introduce a forthcoming series of related learning events about social finance and social investment for nonprofits. Please join us to find out more about the opportunity social investment offers, and how this could help your organisation on its journey to greater sustainability, impact and change.

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About the book

Social finance and social investment are not challenging concepts to grasp. They use commercial-style investment tools to create a social as well as a financial return. The application, however, is not always as straightforward. ‘Demystifying Social Finance and Social Investment’ brings the work on these concepts up-to-date and focuses on how charities and social enterprises can use them.

‘Demystifying Social Investment and Social Finance’ has been the product of five years of conversations and thoughts; authored by Mark Salway at The Business School (Formerly Cass) and with significant input from Jim Clifford (CEO at Sonnet CIC). The reader is helped to understand the topic from different angles: introducing social investment, discussing social investment and taking a ‘deep-dive’ into it to bring it to life. This unique book takes the reader on a journey from first principles to detailed practical application. This book examines the policy context and asks why social investment - a very old concept - has only recently become so popular. This is linked to the agenda of making charities more ‘business-like’, set against the changing face of investment, as charities can no longer rely on donations and grants as guaranteed income. The work they do is more important than ever and social investment, used with care, offers a new opportunity that is further explored in this text.

About the speakers

Mark Salway Mark Salway FCA is the Managing Director of Moore Kingston Smith, Fundraising and Management, and a CCE visiting lecturer.

Mark’s specialist areas are sustainable finance and charity accounting. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds their postgraduate diploma in charity accounting.

Mark has worked extensively with, amongst others, Age UK, Depaul, the Wellcome Trust and the Dunhill Medical Trust and he sits on the Board of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor. He also delivers CCE’s Building Financial Sustainability & Re-imagining Organisations professional development course.

Jim CliffordJim Clifford is the founder and CEO of Sonnet. With over thirty-five years’ experience in advising social enterprises, charities, public agencies and private sector organisations he is known for his creative problem solving, analysis and radical solutions. An accountant and corporate financier by origin, with specialisms in strategic consultancy, valuations, and social sector transactions, in 2006 he started to focus on impact planning and measurement wanting to make it less costly and more useful. With over 130 impact evaluations over the last decade, he has also contributed to the field through academic research, in lead authoring the EU’s Impact standards, and serving on the equivalent group for the G8.

In addition to his professional qualifications, Jim has an MSc with Distinction in Charity Financial Management, and teaches Impact Measurement and Impact-based design on the combined Masters programme. He was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to Social Investment.

Webinar: Respond, reset, recover: COVID-19 and the VCSE sector, 12 months in and what lessons have we learnt?

Tuesday 23rd March 2021
From 17:15 for a 17:30 start
Where: Online Event

Professor Daniel King12 months in, what are the key lessons we are learning about the way that the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is being impacted by and has responded to COVID-19?

In this presentation, Professor Daniel King will highlight some of the key lessons being learnt from the ESRC project being conducted with NCVO, bringing out the implications for theory, policy and practice.

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About the speaker

Professor Daniel King is the co-director of the People, Work and Organisational Practice research centre at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. His research seeks to reimagine and broaden understanding of business and management to include workplace democracy and alternative forms of organising.

Professor King is the Project Lead for the current Covid-19 VCSE impact barometer research, an ESCR-funded collaboration between Nottingham Trent, Sheffield Hallam and the NCVO, providing real-time data about how the pandemic is impacting the working practices, operations and responses of voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises.

Webinar: Lived Experience on nonprofit boards

Thursday 15th April 2021
From 15:45 for a 16:00 start
Where: Online Event

Caroline Copeman (Senior Visiting Fellow), Fiona Ash (Visiting Fellow) and Jacqueline Williams (CCE consultant), from CCE’s governance team, explore Lived Experience on nonprofit boards, marking the launch of new CCE resources on this important topic. The discussion will consider the benefits and value to boards of including trustees with lived experience, and how to overcome some of the barriers and issues that may be encountered.

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Charity Talk: Derek Holder Memorial lecture

Wednesday 23rd June 2021
From 18:00 for an 18:30 start
Where: More details coming soon

Register your interest in this event and we will then contact you when more information is available.

About CCE Charity Talks

Hear charity leaders share their expertise on the challenges facing the sector. This evening lecture series has welcomed over 10,000 attendees since it was founded 25 years ago.

Recent Charity Talks

Charity Talk: Closing with dignity

Wednesday 18th November 2020 18:00-19:45

Hosted by Alex Skailes

Speakers: Cassie Robinson, Iona Lawrence, Caroline Lien

Watch a recording of the event.

Read the results of the short poll carried out at the start of the talk.

Read Cassie and Iona's blog in which they share what they've learned through their inquiry so far with input from over 100 people.

Format of Charity Talks

Our Charity Talks are split into the following three sections:

  • 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.

Charity Talks Archive

Professional Development Programmes

Take a look at our wide range of professional development programmes offered throughout the year.