To many, the charity sector is the ‘third’ sector in name and pecking order. Primarily seen as a provider of relief, ‘charity’ is frequently associated with voluntarism and inefficiency. It is often viewed with suspicion by both left and right. For those leading some of our best-known charities, their perspective is very different. Our purpose in April is to explore what a stronger relationship might look like and what it could deliver for the UK. Together, we will endeavour to bring to life a vision in which charities are respected partners to government and play their full role in helping to drive reform – getting upstream of complex problems, strengthening policy, and building public support for long-term change.

A series of essays by CRG members will kick start the conversation by examining different aspects of the relationship that are fundamental to reform and progress. These will be made available online to participants well ahead of the April gathering.