Charity Sector Success

Helping non-experts make sense of impact and evaluation in non-profit work with DIY solutions

Alexa Sage

Founder, Charity Sector Success

  • Impact and Evaluation Specialist
  • Over 10 years supporting the not-for-profit sector
  • Worked with dozens of charities across the UK from Frontline Workers to Senior Management and CEOs to Boards of Trustees
  • Winning £000,000s for charities
  • Perspectives as a grant funder and a grant recipient
Are you one of the 880,000 people working in the charity sector in the UK? Or are you one of the 20 million+ people who volunteer their time each year? Or perhaps you’re like me and are both?

We all set out to change the world to some degree, whether it’s influencing government policy, advocating for people or animal rights, or simply meeting with someone for a couple of hours each month to bring some cheer to their world.

Our work is hugely varied and our goals may be different, but we all face the same questions.

“How do we know we’ve actually made a difference?”

“What if we could make a bigger difference by doing things differently?”

“How do we get people to believe that what we’re doing matters?”

Sometimes we’re asking ourselves those questions.

But more and more often those questions are being asked of us: by our beneficiaries, our colleagues, our trustees, our partners, our donors, our funders, our commissioners.

And we need to be able to answer them.

Becoming an impact leader…

After nearly ten years of austerity, cuts to local government funding of almost 50% and Brexit dominating the agenda since 2016, more people are needing our help than ever.

But at the same time, most of us are trying to meet an increased demand with reduced levels of resourcing, and even less certainty about what the future holds.

It can be an unnerving time for those of us supporting the non-profit sector.

The good news is that any of us can play a role in ensuring that our charities and community groups continue to grow by becoming impact leaders for our organisations.

That means taking responsibility for answering the questions that the funders, donors, commissioners, supporters are asking of us about our impact by up-skilling ourselves to provide credible evidence about the difference we make in response.

And you don’t need to be an impact specialist to start this journey.

Charity Sector Success has been developed to be accessible to people working at any level within an organisation.

We produce free, easy-to-understand resources that take you through the basics and develop your knowledge and expertise to a point where you can take responsibility within your organisation for demonstrating the impact of the work you do. And for those who want to take it a step further, for demonstrating the impact of your whole team or organisation.

Just sign up to the newsletter today to take advantage.

In the future…

We are also developing an online programme for a one-off fee for those who want to work through a step-by-step process at a speed that suits them. You’ll also have access to a community of people in the non-profit sector who are going on the same journey.

This will be available later in the year.

By demonstrating impact with credible and engaging evidence, you can make successful funding applications, convince more people to donate, win contracts, generate pride in your organisation amongst staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, and most importantly be confident that you’re doing the most good that you can with the resources at your disposal.

Too many organisations have lost out on opportunities and even had to close because they haven’t been able to do this.

Take responsibility and become the person who helps ensure their organisation can keep doing the work it needs to and be there for those who depend on it far into the future.

Help lead your charity to success.