Free consultancy support –

Free Consultancy Support for Small Charities (well an income under £1 million!) FROM INSTITUTE OF FUNDRAISING) DEADLINE TO APPLY 16 JULY We are delighted to be able to offer three small charities access to free consultancy through our Office for Civil Society (OCS) project. Building on the success of the award made to Support Dogs in Year 1 of the project, we are offering a further three small charities access to the consultancy skills of volunteers from the high profile management consultancy The Cranfield Trust. The Cranfield Trust is a nationally respected charity providing free management consultancy for charities and social enterprise groups involved in issues of poverty, disability or social exclusion. Highly skilled managers from the commercial sector act as Trust volunteers throughout the country. If you are anticipating change and need one to one support in planning and managing your organisation and services, Cranfield Trust volunteer consultants will work alongside you, providing advice and mentoring. Their skills cover a wide range of issues, including Reviewing strategic and business plans Financial management and forecasting Feasibility plans for income generation activities Marketing and communications Developing IT systems Human Resources and staffing The award will see three small charities receiving tailored management support from a Cranfield Trust volunteer consultant in developing or updating a strategic business plan. This support will be between 5 to 13 days worth of support depending on the needs of the organisation and has the monetary value of at least £5,000. What will the award include? Organisation health check and review of financial position and operations Action planning to manage through the challenges of the coming 12-24 months One to one tailored support from skilled volunteer consultant through business planning process working with Chief Executive, Board and staff as appropriate Access to free learning through the Institute of Fundraising’s OCS project What are the eligibility criteria to take part in the programme? Organisations must be able to show that: They have an annual voluntary income of £1million or less They are working to address issues of poverty, disability or social exclusion How to apply Please complete this application form and send to sm********************@in**********************.uk by 5pm on Monday 16th July 2012. Applicants will be informed as to whether they have been accepted onto the scheme the week commencing 30th July 2012. If you have any queries or wish to speak to someone regarding your application please contact Annie Clarke, Head of Learning Development on 07585 967678 or email an***@in**********************.uk