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Celebrating 25 years of Cass CCE’s Charity Talks

Professor Ian Bruce CBE reflects on how the charity sector has evolved.

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The Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness (Cass CCE) is celebrating 25 years of its popular Charity Talks.

Professor Ian Bruce CBE, President of the Centre for Charity Effectiveness and the founder of Charity Talks reflected on how the charity sector has evolved in a talk entitled, ‘Good Practice Now – what have been the effective changes to running charities over the last 25 years.’

Professor Bruce has chaired over 150 charity chief executives and responders to Charity Talks and gained unique insight into the changes and progression in nonprofit management and leadership over the past 25 years.

25 years of shared knowledge

He shared lessons learned and conclusions on trends which are and should be directing charities today.

Professor Ian Bruce says, “The talk draws on listening to many charity leaders talk about how their charities were run, in front of over 10,000 charity staff and trustees over the years.

“As well as fascinating insights from the past 25 years, I will also be looking at growing concerns about government outsourcing services and how outsourcers, such as non-profit organisations, (NPOs) including charities, could offer more.

“Many have pioneered welfare services for the state and could offer their expertise if tender processes were adapted to encourage more charities to bid and existing charity bidders to do more. This would improve things for the people we are here to serve and would increase charity revenue streams.”

Charity Talks Series

Charity Talks are one of CCE's most popular offerings, with over 10,000 attendees since they were founded 25 years ago. The current series was launched in October 2017 and runs until July 2018.

Two more Charity Talks will take place in 2018:

  • Wednesday 25th April 2018: Managing and leading inside nonprofits, with Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive, Stroke Association and Professor Marianne Lewis, Dean and Professor of Management, Cass Business School
  • Wednesday 11th July 2018: (Topic to be confirmed) with Helen Stephenson CBE, CEO, Charity Commission and Caroline Copeman, Consultant, Cass CCE
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