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
6th February 2018, 6.30pm-8.30pm
16th April 2018, 6:30pm-8:30pm
31st July 2018, 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
The International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC) is a not-for-profit that builds the skills and knowledge of civil society to be more effective in fighting poverty and inequality. Through policy research, mentoring, programme design and capacity building, INTRAC has helped organisations from Concern Worldwide to Freedom From Torture UK enhance their impact.
INTRAC is looking for a Treasurer and new trustees. For more information on these roles, download the Appointment of Trustee as Treasurer information pack or Appointment of Trustees information pack, or email Peter Allen at PAllen@intrac.org.
The Remakery is a community hub dedicated to re-use and upcycling. Through diligent voluntary work and plenty of re-purposed materals, an abandoned garage block in Brixton has been transformed into this vibrant space where disadvantaged members of the community can engage in enterprise, education and creativity. The Remakery houses workshop spaces, tools and donated materials with the aim of matching waste materials to projects, circumventing the need for landfill. It also runs educational courses, such as ‘Sew Easy’, which teaches young people how to make and repair clothes. The Remakery received a grant from The Fore in 2017.
The Remakery are looking for new Directors (similar to a trustee role) to join their board. The Directors carry out a range of tasks including strategy, budget planning, space logistics, promotion, and writing funding applications. They are also looking for new volunteers to help them maintain the space – ideally local people with an interest in DIY and an eye for logistics. For more information, email Sam Penn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Josephine and Jack is a charity exploring challenging topics such as health, sexual health and wellbeing with people who have learning disabilities. It does this through workshops with Josephine and Jack themselves – two life-sized, anatomically accurate cloth figures. Josephine and Jack help individuals tackle issues like pregnancy, STIs, cancer, contraception, mental illness, consent, appropriate behaviour and healthy relationships. Their services are in high demand, and licensing use of the Josephine and Jack figures provides the charity with a sustainable revenue stream. They received a grant from The Fore earlier this year.
Josephine and Jack are looking for a volunteer technical writer to help them update their curriculum manuals. This creative role would last about 6 months, and involve a mixture of interviewing, writing and editing. Ideally the individual would be based in Northern England, but this is not essential. For more information, contact Simon James on 0191 261 5555 or email@example.com
In Lebanon, one in every four people is a refugee. This is, proportionately, the highest refugee population of any country in the world. Seenaryo delivers theatre, music programmes and arts-based teacher training to refugees and host communities in Lebanon. Their participatory approach to education and the arts increases the life chances of refugees by supporting personal development, academic achievement and social cohesion. The art programmes are run by refugees themselves, providing high-profile advocacy opportunities (such as live-streaming refugee DJs at the Southbank’s Meltdown Festival). A 2018 grant from The Fore will enable Seenaryo to expand into Jordan.
Seenaryo is looking for two new trustees to join its board: one with legal experience, the other with accounting experience. The board meets quarterly and Skype participation for meetings is common. For more details contact Victoria Lupton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Big Draw is an arts education charity promoting drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention. Its flagship venture, The Big Draw Festival, is the world’s largest celebration of drawing. The festival has previously smashed two world records: the longest drawing in the world (one kilometre), and the greatest number of people drawing simultaneously (over 7000). It lasts for more than a month and attracts over 400,000 people each year. In addition, The Big Draw manages research projects, campaigns and conferences on visual literacy and the beneficial effects of bringing art into STEM subjects. The Big Draw is a 2014 grantee of The Fore, and its patrons include Andrew Marr and Sir Quentin Blake.
The Big Draw is beginning to use its popular festival to generate new revenue streams, unlocking significant growth. During this pivotal phase for the charity, it is seeking a new Chair. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker with previous trustee experience. If you are interested, email Kate Mason at email@example.com with a CV and cover letter. The deadline for applications is the 16th July.
The James Andre Godfrey Smartt-Ford (JAGS) Foundation is at the forefront of combatting youth violence in London. Founded after the tragic murder of the CEO’s son, JAGS draws upon first-hand experiences to save and transform lives through restorative justice workshops, therapeutic school programmes, gender-specific training and peer-to-peer support for bereaved families. JAGS understands the roles of culture, disempowerment, poverty and social exclusion in youth violence, and is also one of the few organisations to address the role of women and girls in violent incidents. It became a grantee of The Fore in 2017.
JAGS specifically seeks communications and marketing support, but the CEO would also welcome a mentor to support her in developing elements of the organisation’s strategy. JAGS is also looking for two new trustees with financial experience. For more information about any of these roles, please contact Tracey Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Settle is an award-winning charity tackling the causes of youth homelessness. It designs and delivers high impact support services to looked after children, care leavers, young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness, unaccompanied minors and ex-offenders who are moving into their first home. Settle has delivered 1:1 support programmes to over 100 young people across 12 London boroughs in partnership with 4 Housing Associations. To date, all beneficiaries have sustained their tenancies and avoided homelessness. Settle received a grant from The Fore in early 2018.
Settle is on the move for new trustees with experience in delivery and management experience in children’s services, social housing or homelessness, lived experience of homelessness or care or financial, accounting or legal qualifications. For more information, please click here. To apply, please send a copy of your CV of no more than two sides and a covering letter to Rich Grahame at email@example.com by 9am on Monday 16 July 2018.