Since its foundation ten years ago, Cass CCE has been committed to transferring knowledge within the nonprofit sector to enable organisations and individuals to thrive.
Below, you can find Articles, Research and Thought Pieces that have been produced by a wide range of people over this period. Please note that the views expressed in these papers do not necessarily represent the view of Cass CCE.
Thought Piece Archive
The below features our archive of Thought Pieces from Cass CCE consultants past and present.
If the themes in these Thought Pieces resonate with your experience and that of your organisation, please get in touch. Our team of consultants can offer support and practical help. Find out more about our full range of our Advisory Services.
Collaborations and mergers
August 2013: Trust - the glue in effective collaborations
Julian Powe, Associate Consultant for Cass CCE, explores some important concepts around trust in collaborative working. He offers five frames and five action areas to support leaders in developing and sustaining the high levels of trust needed in such ventures.
April 2012: On board the merger bus
Mergers are not for the faint-hearted, but neither are they necessarily to be avoided. In this month's thought piece, Dr Mary Chadwick, Principal Consultant for Cass CCE, discusses some of the external influences that are driving the merger bus, and suggests that organisations should fully understand that both why and the how of a merger decision are critical to ensuring a successful outcome.
Articles Archive (2006-2010)
The below features our archive of articles from Cass CCE’s early Newsletters. Please note that the views expressed in these papers do not necessarily represent the view of Cass CCE.
If the themes in these Thought Pieces resonate with your experience and that of your organisation, please get in touch. Our team of consultants can offer support and practical help. Find out more about our the full range of our Advisory Services.
Boards that really work! (Word) Good Governance is always effective, not just in a crisis.
Ruth Lesirge and Hilary Barnard
The Founder Effect (Word) The power and the perils of a founder's legacy
Improving the performance of the Top Team (Word) One of the key tasks of the chief executive is to build an effective top team that will provide corporate leadership and will ensure the team's decisions are implemented throughout the organisation. In this article, George Levvy examines top team performance, the obstacles faced in team development and how these can be overcome.
Governance: It's not the 'what' it's the 'how' (Word) Julia Lever looks at some of the sector's Governance challenges and discusses how the Centre addresses them with Ruth Lesirge, Visiting Fellow and Head of the Governance Practice within the Centre for Charity Effectiveness.
Funding and income
Research Papers (2006-2013)
Funding and income
A staged research process began in 2008, with field research completed in 2009/2011. The Art of Refusal: The Experiences of Grant Makers and Grant Seekers (PDF) sets out the full research process and findings. The Art of Grant Refusal: Promising Practice for Grant Makers and Grant Seekers (PDF), presents the insights and practice possibilities and approaches, distilled from grant seeker and grant maker respondents, as promising practice and learning action points. These reports have now been published by the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School. The project was carried out by a team of researchers from the Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness who studied more than 100 grant making organisations and 40 grant seeking organisations.
Family Foundation Philanthropy (PDF) - a report by Cathy Pharoah, published in 2008 by the Centre for Charity Effectiveness
Distribution of Funds by Christian Charitable Trusts (PDF) by Stuart Barnes, The Sycamore Project, 2007
Social Enterprise: Is it a good idea? (PDF) Are you involved with a charity considering new "social enterprise" activities? If so, this guide has been prepared by Jean Barclay for the Centre for Charity Effectiveness to help you decide whether your social enterprise idea is a good one for your organisation. 2006. The guide also forms the basis of Jean's KnowHow NonProfit StudyZone course.
'First, Do No Harm': An exploratory critique of 'Disaster Grant making, A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations' (PDF) - a paper by Ian Williams and Professor Jenny Harrow, presented in the 2005 ESRC Seminar series