Inside out, Outside in – a comment from Alan Freeman

Sound policies are based on sound evidence, and nowhere is its definition, procurement and interpretation more complex than in the field of Culture, where the benefits of a good decision are outweighed only by the risks of making a bad one. Sarah Thelwall’s ‘Inside-out’ methodology aims to unpack the ways in which financial data is aggregated, Read the full article…

How do you look at your data – Inside out, or outside in?

Data that makes you go hmmm? Here at MyCake we spend our days developing tools and services to help non-profit organisations make data and evidence informed decisions. In particular we specialise in making financial data (both yours and others) easier  to bring into conversations about: Future strategy Your business model Opportunities for growth and development What your risks Read the full article…

Community Businesses and the Poverty Trap

We are familiar with idea of the working poor as individuals and being stuck in a poverty trap of poor education and reduced opportunities. We are also familiar with the idea that the lives of families in the working poor are fragile houses of cards and if, for example, one carefully constructed set of child Read the full article…

Why benchmarking is good for you

It’s all very well knowing that turnover is vanity and profit is sanity (and of course, that Cash is King), but how do you evaluate whether the profit that you are successfully making – assuming that you are breaking even and making that holy grail of profit on a monthly basis – is as much Read the full article…

Free benchmarking tools and advice for National Portfolio Organisations

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Today sees the launch via The Audience Agency of the new Audience Finder project, an ambitious national initiative to drive innovation in audience development. Sarah has penned an article for The Guide on 10 expert tips to get started with benchmarking. The Guide is a resource within the Audience Finder web presence featuring articles, toolkits Read the full article…

No pain no gain for Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations

The DCMS cuts to the arts budget over the next two years will be passed on to all Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations. A reduction in funding of 1% in the year 2013/14 and 2% in the year 2014/15 will be issued across the board to enable Arts Council England to achieve the £11.6m Read the full article…

BIG Assist offers £6 million support to UK third sector

Last October the NCVO and the Big Lottery Fund launched the BIG Assist support programme to provide infrastructure organisations in the charity, fundraising and voluntary sector with access to financial assistance via a voucher scheme as well as to peer to peer support from the UK third sector community. Changes in the voluntary sector environment Read the full article…

Benchmarking avoidance tactic no 2 – we already know what our finances look like

As we talk to more and more organisations about benchmarking there are a few classic excuses that people give for not adding benchmarking to their to do list. Now don’t get me wrong I’m all in favour of being cautious about what else one chooses to take on but some of the reasons given just Read the full article…

Free benchmarking workshops for the Non-Profit Culture Crowd

With a growing crowd of users of the RFO Benchmark, the Culture Benchmark and the new Charity Benchmark we thought we’d run a series of free workshops around the country to help you make the most of these resources. We’re just working on the details but they will happen in June and you’ll be able Read the full article…

Responses to benchmarking and our approach to it

We’re gathering quite a collection of supporters and advocates of our benchmarking work and approach to it. We want to share some of the recent comments below as news of the launch of the Charity Benchmark registration process picks up momentum. “Opening up data is all about liberating it from a single use and allowing Read the full article…