Inspiring Impact NI is delighted to announce the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) including associates New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), Edgar Jardine and James Magowan following the recent invitation to tender for consultancy services to support the Programme’s ‘Engagement with Funders’ strand of work.
The PwC team will work with Community Evaluation NI and the Public Sector Engagement Group to research, develop and implement a pilot programme of support for a select group of statutory funders to VCSE organisations. This will draw on and use a range of support resources already developed by Inspiring Impact UK including the ‘Funders Principles and Drivers of Impact Practice’.
This will draw on and use a range of support resources already developed by Inspiring Impact UK including the ‘Funders Principles and Drivers of Impact Practice’.
As a result of this work we expect a cohort of public funders to become impact leaders and develop demonstration projects where they will apply an impact practice approach. It is hoped the learning from this process will be used to develop a guiding framework for applying an impact or outcomes focused approach to funding to the VCSE sector.
Inspiring Impact NI is a Building Change Trust initiative which will support VCSE organisations and their funders to better understand and embrace impact practice.
As the Northern Ireland partner on the UK board, The Building Change Trust has committed £500,000 matched by a further £188,000 from the Department for Social Development, to deliver an initial two year programme of work here in Northern Ireland.
Speaking about the appointment, Aongus O’Keeffe, Inspiring Impact NI Programme said:
“We are delighted to welcome such a strong team and wealth of knowledge on board to help us deliver this key strand. We feel that the team assembled by PwC will add real value to this strand of Inspiring Impact NI’s work.
“PwC have a strong track record in embedding and developing impact practice in the public and VCSE sectors. NPC has been at the forefront of the Inspiring Impact programme in the UK and will provide the team with an understanding of the issues from a wider UK perspective.
“Both Edgar Jardine and James Magowan have extensive knowledge of the Inspiring Impact NI Programme and the needs and challenges of statutory funders to the sector.
“We look forward to working closely with this team to identify barriers to applying an impact practice approach and support to key public funders to overcome some of these barriers”.