Reflections on public benefit and impact readiness for faith-based organisations

For charities and many other not-for-profit organisations, delivering public benefit is central to their existence. Understanding and communicating that benefit is fundamental to achieving accountability, sustainability and change.

In the face of rising demand for services and increasingly restricted resources, it can be easy to lose focus of your organisation’s purpose. In this session, we invite you to take a step back and explore the following issues with us:

  • Public benefit – a refresher on the legal principles and obligations. Do these look different for a faith-based organisation?
  • Impact measurement – what is it, why do it, and how does it look with a faith-based overlay?
  • Top tips for measuring the impact of a faith-based charity.


Jim Clifford OBE, Head of BWB Impact

Jim heads the Impact team at BWB which works with clients to identify, optimise and deliver their impact targets through:

  • research into outcomes, impacts, theories of change, values brought to stakeholders, perceptions and other matters.
  • market analysis and service development, spanning new models for pricing and delivery that suit increasingly outcomes-focused commissioning (Payment by Results) and markets environments.
  • financial planning, funding and fund-raising, spanning conventional and social investment markets, including new forms such as social investment bonds and social impact bonds.

Jim is currently a Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, lecturing on Social Investment and Impact Measurement as part of six charities Masters degree programmes. Further details on these courses can be found here

He is a technical/academic expert member of the European Commission’s “GECES” advisory group on the development of social business and investment in Europe, and is the Chair and lead author of the European Commission’s Impact Measurement standards for charities and social businesses.

Jim is a Chartered Accountant, corporate financier, insolvency practitioner, and holds qualifications in charity advisory work, including an MSc with Distinction in Charity Accounting and Financial Management from Cass Business School.

Lucy Rhodes, Charity & Social Enterprise

Lucy is a Solicitor in BWB’s Charity & Social Enterprise team for whom helping clients to understand their legal and governance obligations to deliver public benefit and impact is a regular and live concern. In her wide-ranging portfolio, she assists charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations on all sorts of legal matters including charity formations, governance and constitutional issues and regulatory compliance.  

Lucy is a leading supporter of BWB’s Faith-Based Organisations group which works to address the particular needs of those organisations as they deliver their work within a largely secular social landscape. This group pools the expertise of BWB’s EmploymentCharityReal EstateImmigration and Dispute Resolution lawyers and Advisory and Impact teams.


8:00am Registration and breakfast

8:30am - 9:30am Seminar