Sarah Handley from New Philanthropy Capital explains why it's important measure your impact and where to start

Christine Wykes Driver tackles the thorny issue of mergers in advance of VAL's briefing session for Trustees Week 2015

Lillian Brown considers what charities can learn from the negative press recently being levelled against them

Tony Nickson asks what Lewisham charities can learn from Charities Aid Foundation's latest research

by Joanne Roberts


At the VCS Forum gathering on 23 July something clicked for me; I began to crystallise my role as VAL’s Development Support Officer – Communications, Information & Member Relations (gasp!).

As part of a new team of seven, including two other DSOs with specialisms in fundraising and project development; finance, governance and social enterprise and one soon to be appointed with a focus on policy and collaboration, I was feeling my way a bit.

Lillian Brown, Development Support Officer - Fundraising & Project Development at VAL, explains the importance of planning for fundraising