Top 10 blogs of 2019

In 2019 we published over 120 blogs, not only written by the ACEVO team but also by our members, partners and fellow leadership enthusiasts and key players in the social sector. As we know that it can be difficult to keep up with so much content, here you will find a list of the 10 most popular blogs in 2019 – content that you definitely don’t want to miss!

We want to change the world. But how?

On 2 September our new website and brand refresh went live. In this blog, our CEO Vicky Browning told why she decided that was time for a refresh and how the ACEVO team did it.

From Paternalism to Participation: Labour’s new civil society strategy

ACEVO’s head of policy, Kristiana Wrixon, shared her thoughts on Labour’s new civil society strategy, launched in June.

Collaborating rather than competing

One of the blogs of the series about the 12 habits of successful change-makers, by SMK CEO Sue Tibballs. This one is habit #9, on the advantages and obstacles of collaborating.

Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. No two organisations are going to align completely. Have trust in your colleagues and in others that together we’re capable of shifting the dial further, and with greater strength.

Sue Tibballs

Charity leaders’ pay

In August, Kristiana Wrixon wrote a response to the article published in the Daily Mail about the pay of CEO and senior leaders in the charity sector. 

Chicken costumes and political leadership

Another blog from Kristiana, in which she asks if dressing up like a chicken to mock opposing politicians the standard of democracy we should accept, and how do we get more good leaders and when those leaders enter politics how can they be encouraged to stay and progress.

Governance with a splash of lime

Darren Knight, chief executive of Bolton CVS, talks about why and how the organisation decided to transform its AGM into a fun and engaging event.

We’ve worked hard to make our AGM an event not for us, but for our sector, for our members. We make it a celebration, a destination and an attraction and people enjoy it.

Darren Knight

A golden formula for generating trust

CLIC Sargent CEO Kate Lee explains why judging charities by comparing pennies-in-the-pound spent on the frontline is pointless.

Every charity has to make a choice. For charities delivering services, for example, it’s: how many people do we reach? Balanced with: how much of a bigger or deeper impact can we have? And balanced again with how much we should spend and on what.

Kate Lee

Making diversity count: what are the barriers?

This blog by policy officer Maisie Hulbert summarises some of the problems and barriers identified in the Making Diversity Count project literature review.

Studying for an MBA in the charity sector

Clare Tarling, business development manager at Dorset Advocacy, writes about her experience of undertaking a Business Administration MBA and shares some advice on how to cope with academic work while working.

I had a lightbulb moment after working in small, local charities for 15 years. Charities are businesses. Businesses are collections of people who get things done.

Clare Tarling

Why strategy matters

James Blake, chief executive of YHA, wrote about the importance of thinking long-term and in-depth.

What does our strategy mean for which programmes, partnerships and activities matter most? Should we seek breadth or depth in our impact? How do we resource for change while maintaining the commercial discipline that’s underpinned our success?

James Blake

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