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Small Charity Week: Award-winner “felt like Dorothy on the yellow brick road!”

It’s Small Charity Week, and at Pilotlight we know how these organisations play a crucial role in providing support to those that need it – whether they are giving young people the opportunity to see what they can achieve or helping veterans build confidence and get into employment. Despite an ever increasing need, it is a tough world out for there for them right now. It’s no surprise, then, that the charities who won this year’s Weston Charity Awards overwhelmingly agreed that funding was their biggest challenge.

Sharing their experiences at the Awards’ launch last week, they identified core funding as a particular issue. Other challenges included capacity to grow and recruiting staff. They saw opportunities to tackle these issues through engaging with the business sector, building up their reputations and expertise in the work they do and the continue…

Creating Value Together: From Partnerships to Mergers

The Pilotlight conference is one of my favourite days of the year: it is an opportunity both to celebrate what we have achieved over the year with our friends and partners and to get our collective minds working on some thought-provoking topics. This year we packed out the splendid City Hall venue with leaders from the private, public and third sectors, to discuss partnerships, collaboration and mergers.

Geraldine Blake from London Funders kicked us off by telling us that there are over 160,000 registered charities in the UK, but in 2016 there were only 51 mergers in the sector. For many of our Pilotlighters (the senior business leaders who support our partner charities), this small number of mergers was a shock. How could this be, continue…

The journey so far: The Weston Charity Awards

It’s nearly time! On Wednesday 14th June, we’ll be celebrating a cohort of winners of the Weston Charity Awards for the fourth consecutive year.

This year we’ll be in Birmingham as the 17 charities from across the North and the Midlands that will be receiving funding and strategic support are brought together. Their journey is just about to begin – but how did we get here? It's been many months in the making…

September to December: The task begins

Last year’s cohort was just continue…

“I have learnt the art of persuading someone to do something, rather than just telling them”

Tom Ward is our longest-serving Pilotlighter in Scotland, joining us in 2008. Here he tells his story about why he came to Pilotlight in the first place and why, after all this time, he’s still committed to the work we do.

Being involved in the third sector has been an important part of my life since university. When I joined Pilotlight, I’d come to a point in my career where I was looking for a way to use the skills I’d acquired in business to help create real and long-lasting impact for charities. I’d spent most of my career building a large continue…