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Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness hosts NACC Conference.

On the 16th July, several members, including the Master Elect, all of whom had been involved in various initiatives at Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness (Cass CCE) over the past few years attended a Company sponsored reception at this Conference. Alex Skailes describes the whole conference:  

Cass CCE proudly hosted the first Nonprofit Academic Centers Council Conference (NACC Biennial Conference) to be held outside North America since the organisation was established in 1991. The theme of the biennial conference in 2019, Building the Global Nonprofit Education Community: Diverse Perspectives Strengthening the Whole, was discussed by dozens of delegates in a range of formats across the two-day event, led by Professor Paul Palmer, London Programme Chair. Dr Helen Stephenson CBE, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, opened proceedings at the conference by explaining why effective charity regulation matters to both charities and the public.

Following Dr Stephenson’s welcome plenary, delegates were invited to attend various sessions throughout Day One of the conference.

The first day of the conference concluded with a reception at Mercers' Hall, generously sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants and facilitated by Bob Harris, where the President of City, University of London, Professor Sir Paul Curran, the Master of The Mercers’ Company, Hugh Stafford-Smith and our Master, John Corneille addressed delegates and their guests.

Master Elect Denise and Professor Sir Paul Curran

As well as hosting the NACC’s first conference held outside North America, the Cass CCE Charities master’s programme is the only programme outside North America to be accredited by the NACC.

Day two of the conference was opened by Sir Stuart Etherington, outgoing CEO of the National Council for Volunteer Organisations (NCVO), who discussed the context and challenges of the UK’s voluntary sector and delegates were again invited to attend sessions on a range of topics throughout the second day of the conference, which concluded with a lively reception overlooking the Thames at the UK Houses of Parliament hosted by Baroness Pitkeathley.

Alex Skailes