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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Lakeland Mind exists to support anyone and everyone affected by mental ill health in South Lakeland (Cumbria). Its team of staff and 80+ volunteers support more than 400 people each year with counselling and peer support, as well as delivering over 100 events, campaigns and training courses to empower everyone to improve their wellbeing. It recently received funding from the Fore to expand its training programme, magnify its impact, increase understanding of mental health, and generate new income to expand its counselling and peer support services.
South Lakeland Mind is seeking support from a business development specialist so that it can realise the opportunity to develop and deliver a significantly expanded training programme and enable more individuals to improve their wellbeing. Individuals with skills and experience in marketing new services to businesses would be particularly welcome. Please email email@example.com for more information.
The British Exploring Society was founded in 1932 by a survivor of Captain Scott’s last expedition, and is the oldest society of its kind in the world. Since then it has become an incredibly effective youth development charity, taking young people (particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds) on world-wide expeditions that are life-defining, character-building and awe-inspiring. The programme has a significant impact, with 95% of participating young people not in employment or education finding a job or training within 6 months of completing their expedition.
The British Exploring Society are looking for a new Chair. This is an excellent opportunity to work alongside a talented and dedicated CEO and board, and help shape a remarkable organisation. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fieldworks is a UK social enterprise which empowers small NGOs working in international development. Overseas aid is a field dominated by big brands – Fieldworks is working to change that. Its online platform removes barriers between small NGOs and progressive funders, enabling more funding to go to impactful, grass-roots solutions for poverty in low-income countries. Small NGOs build online profiles which funders can view, reducing the time, risk and overheads associated with funding small organisations. There are over 10 million small NGOs offering alternatives to the big international brands. Fieldworks hopes to empower as many of them as possible to achieve lasting change.
Fieldworks are looking for a copy writer/communications specialist to help refine their strategy and develop their pitch to various potential stakeholders. For more information, email email@example.com.