Engaging Experience offers a wide range of strategic skills, mentoring, or non-executive governance support to charities. Originally set up by The Bulldog Trust, the network has successfully connected over a thousand charitable projects with specific pro-bono expertise to date.
Participants currently include hedge funders, bankers, lawyers, top civil servants, entrepreneurs, technology and media leaders, and other industry experts. Engaging Experience’s popularity has helped hundreds of people realise that using skills for charity is personally and professionally rewarding and can easily be achieved alongside a full-time career.
Participants are invited to a number of events at Two Temple Place, giving them the opportunity to meet charities, social enterprises and each other face-to-face. In addition regular emails are circulated with opportunities to connect with specific charities and projects. Events are frequently co-hosted with other organisations including New Philanthropy Capital, Big Society Capital, and the Small Charities Coalition.
All business professionals are invited to join and participation is free. There is also no charge for charities to use the service. For more information please contact email@example.com
8th January 2019, 6pm-7:30pm
26th March 2019, 6:30pm-8:30pm
All recent requests for pro bono support from small charities and social enterprises are listed here. Information on how to get involved and who to contact can be found below
Wessex Social Ventures (WSV) develops innovative ‘business in a box’ solutions for people living on under $2 a day. Its ‘business in a box’ products so far include solar powered lamps (replacing dangerous kerosene lamps that are usually used), composting latrines that create fertiliser, and sustainably produced sanitary towels (coupled with courses to overcome social stigma). WSV’s local entrepreneurs gain a livelihood for themselves while providing vital products and services to their communities, creating widespread impact. This exciting model of development uses business principles to create sustainable change. To date, WSV’s portfolio has already impacted over 25,000 individuals.
WSV is looking for legal support. Due to its recent success, the organisation is now looking at restructuring as it considers various options of investment to unlock scale. They would be particularly keen to hear from someone with a legal background preferably with experience working with Community Interest Companies. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!
Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries, where 80% of the population rely on farming to survive. Productivity remains low, however, due to ineffective farming methods and severe soil erosion. Tiyeni is a charity that helps Malawian farmers radically improve their harvests by teaching them new farming techniques to prevent soil erosion. It helps farmers increase their incomes and improve their food security, eventually lifting them out of poverty. Central to its approach is to train only those farmers who have requested its help, so its methods are never imposed. Tiyeni’s intervention can double crop yields for these farmers, dramatically improving their lives.
Tiyeni is looking for a qualified accountant who can help with their UK accounts. If you would like to help, please email email@example.com.
Reverse The Trend Foundation has a simple goal – to reverse the trends of rising childhood obesity and poor mental health. It has worked with neuroscientists to develop a pioneering new intervention that creates healthy habits for children. Their programmes, co-designed with children, adopt a ‘gamified’ ‘whole-school approach’ to embedding healthy habits. Its pilot campaign worked with over 18,000 children and families across the UK and recorded significant impact, including a 22% increase in the regular consumption of fruit and vegetables and a 45% increase in afterschool physical activities. This highly innovative organisation has the potential to significantly improve the health of children across the UK.
Reverse The Trend Foundation are looking for new trustees. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Toylikeme was founded when journalist Rebecca Atkinson started modifying mainstream toys so children with disabilities could better identify with them. She created princesses, fairies and superheroes that sported cochlear implants, wheelchairs, guide-dogs, eye-patches and more. Photos of these modified toys went viral online. Toylikeme has since started influencing major companies, so that they represent disability in their products. Its petition calling Lego and Playmobil to represent diversity secured over 700,000 signatures, resulting in Lego unveiling its first ever figurine that used a wheelchair.
Toylikeme is beginning to mass-produce and sell its own toy modifications, bringing in new revenues and allowing its work to reach many more children. They are looking for pro bono marketing support to help advertise their products – in particular, someone who could help them shoot a short promotional video. If you are interested, email email@example.com.
On Purpose is a non-profit social enterprise that develops leaders who will help bring about an economy that works for all – one that allows nature to thrive and everyone to lead a dignified, fulfilling life. It runs one-year, full-time leadership programmes in London, Paris and Berlin that equip participants to be “agents for a new economy” for the rest of their careers. The programmes combine two 6-month paid placements in a wide range of organisations with half a day per week of training and regular mentoring and coaching.
On Purpose is preparing for an exciting step change in its impact, which will affect both the organisation and its board. It is now looking for a pro bono Company Secretary to support the organisation’s governance in this exciting new phase. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mobile Education Partnerships (MEP) trains teachers in marginalised communities in Myanmar and adjoining refugee centres in Thailand. Children in these refugee camps and migrant communities have lower life chances because teachers are untrained and lack qualifications. MEP’s team trains 50 teachers annually, who teach 2,000 children per year. This highly cost-effective intervention helps some of the most disadvantaged children in the world achieve their potential.
MEP is looking for advice from someone with experience running social enterprises overseas (specifically, with regard to setting up new social enterprises, and what the legal and tax requirements are).
Additionally, MEP is seeking support from someone with financial experience, to advise them on organising their finances more effectively.
If you are interested in either role, email email@example.com for more information.
The London Early Years Foundation has promoted the care and health of disadvantaged children in London for over 100 years. A social enterprise that runs 37 community nurseries across London, the London Early Years Foundation also campaigns on key issues such as government funding for childcare, the role of men in childcare, and childhood obesity. Its goal is nothing less than “to change the world, one child at a time.”
The London Early Years Foundation are looking for new trustees. In particular, they are recruiting an Operations Trustee to focus on developing the business side of the social enterprise, and a Finance Trustee with accountancy experience. These are excellent opportunities to shape an impactful social enterprise, with a time commitment of only 1-2 days per month. If you’re interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or read the job description here.
Many Minds is a Bristol-based mental health charity that uses theatre to put people experiencing mental illness in the driver’s seat. The creative space of theatre engages creativity, builds support networks, improves confidence and reduces stigma. Through its weekly workshops, Many Minds devises and creates high quality contemporary performances that facilitate lasting change.
Many Minds is going through an exciting period of growth, and is therefore looking to recruit new trustees. It is particularly interested in hearing from anyone interested in becoming a treasurer. For more information, contact Olivia at email@example.com.