Can't help thinking that this is yet another example of the sector trying to over complicate things further.
Only from where I am sat I believe so much of this is already done locally by many community foundations and whilst I accept with more dedicated resource there is no doubt we could be shouting louder about it, at least in Oxfordshire this is definitely how we are trying to lead the challenge for transformation.
Timely too with the UKCF Conference in Glasgow next week as I will be speaking about the need for ever more collaboration and the pursuit of Our Common Good which includes proactively seeking out every opportunity to work together rather than compete. Surely making best use of existing and available resources would help the sector move at pace and achieve greater impact by finding solutions to the real challenges we are all facing as a society right now?
The agency would also support "peer reviews" of charities, whereby executives and trustees for other charities visit an organisation and provide feedback on their work, Corry says in the paper. Funding could be provided by both the government and the sector, the paper says, or it could be entirely self-funded. Umbrella bodies could be represented in the agency, the paper says, but with mostly independent governance and led by someone with "cross-sector credibility, including from charities, funders, infrastructure bodies or organisations representing beneficiaries". Corry previously raised the idea of a Civil Society Improvement Agency at NPC’s annual conference last year, where he said that such an agency would act as "an instigator, a depository of knowledge and an advocate for change".