Our story

There’s a well-known parable which says that if you drop a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will immediately try to climb out. However, if you place it in warm water and turn up the heat very slowly, it doesn’t perceive the danger it’s in. The frog stays in the saucepan and eventually boils to death*.

The moral of this story is that it isn’t just frogs which sometimes fail to detect change until it’s too late.

Today the temperature of the voluntary and community sector ‘saucepan’ is rising.  The Boiling Frog is for small and medium-sized charity  ‘frogs’ seeking to understand and adapt to the challenges we face.

There is just one goal, which is to help you succeed. This blog is about sharing learned strategies so that your organisation can make that leap to a more sustainable future.

*Biologists have disputed how true this is, but we love frogs so please don’t try it at home. . .

Troubleshooting a tired or difficult board of trustees

I have been lucky enough to work with – and on – some good boards in the charity sector. That may surprise you, given that trustees generally come in for a lot of flak – not least from their own CEOs and senior managers. The thing is, good boards don’t happen overnight. You achieve them with patience, care and forethought.

February 25th, 2020
storm and rain

Every Charity Needs a Business Continuity Plan. The Havoc Caused by Recent Storms Proves That.

My sympathy to all organisations having to cope with flood damage after recent storms. I know what it feels like because I have been there. I was responsible for putting a recovery plan in operation for a charity when its offices and community centre suffered flooding just a few years ago.

February 17th, 2020

7. Charities Are No Longer Relevant in the Digital Age

Charities are no different to any other sector in that they are being challenged by the rise of digital. But their slowness to adapt means they face being left behind.

November 5th, 2019

Thought of the week

Charities are no different to any other sector in that they are being challenged by the rise of digital. But their slowness to adapt means they face being left behind. Whatever the size of your organisation, the time to engage is now.

6. Charities Have Lost Their Moral Compass

It once seemed that charities could do no wrong, but in recent years the misdemeanours of a high-profile few has put the whole sector on the back foot with the public.

October 29th, 2019

5. Charities Spend Too Much on Admin

Charities are often accused of frittering money on unnecessary ‘admin’. Are donors right to favour charities that have the lowest administration costs?

October 22nd, 2019

4. Are There Too Many Charities?

People complain that there seem to be hundreds of charities often working for the same cause. Surely the sector would be more efficient if there were fewer charities. . .

October 15th, 2019

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