About us

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So you’re named after a book?!

That’s right. It all started over 40 years ago at a kitchen table in Maida Vale, London, where Michael Norton our founder sat down to research and write ‘The Directory of Social Change’. A directory, the first of its kind, full of ideas, information and contacts for those wanting to explore alternatives for creating better communities and a better society.

And then what?

Four directories were published on community, education, housing and women. In 1977, Michael organised his first fundraising training and started publishing practical information on fundraising, marketing, management and legal issues for charities.

In 1984, looking for a more sustainable source of income, Michael created the first “Guide to Company Giving” and then asked Luke FitzHerbert to create a “Guide to the Major Trusts”.

This was how the Directory of Social Change started, adopting the principles of social enterprise in structuring how it operated and was funded.

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Helping you to help others?

DSC has helped make tens of thousands of charities stronger since our Maida Vale moment, and we continue to help you today. Debra Allcock Tyler, our present day leader, possesses a similar drive, gusto and passion to Michael.

We’re all here for you. Every single member of our team works for DSC because we have a passion for what you do, the incredible changes you make for others in the world every day.

But what do you do?

Put simply, we provide training courses, publications, online funding databases, research, conferences, a bookshop and lots of free resources on our website such as top tips and best-practice articles. If you work for a charity we aim to support you in everything you do.

We’re also fighting your corner through our policy activities – working hard to make the UK a better environment for charities to thrive in and help those you’re there for.

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