Become a charity partner

We work with ambitious charities and social enterprises who want to develop their organisation.

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Do you need help getting to the next step in your journey?

Pilotlight transforms the lives of disadvantaged people in the UK by offering charities and social enterprises access to the strategic business support they need to become more efficient, effective and sustainable. We do this by harnessing and matching the talents of our members - we call them Pilotlighters - to charities through our programmes.

Since 2003 we have helped nearly 1,000 organisations go from good to great, become more resilient and deliver more effective and efficient services. Our support is free of charge.

How does it work?

How does it work?

Our programmes can vary from a long-term project looking holistically at your organisation, to a short-term engagement focussed on a specific need. They are all project managed by experienced Pilotlight Project Managers who drive for the best outcomes for both our Charity Partners and our Pilotlighters.

As our support is free of charge, we expect our partner organisations to commit a certain amount of time to working with us. In general, this means at least a day a month for the length of the engagement, though the more time an organisation can put in, the more it’ll get out of our programmes.

Selecting a Charity Partner

Selecting a Charity Partner

Our programmes work best when working with organisations that are open to change and challenge. They are open to leaders of any charity or social enterprise that tackles social disadvantage in the UK.

We do not work with organisations that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other similar categories or organisations who proselytise to service users. Organisations working with predominately BAME service users or addressing issues in BAME community are encouraged to apply.

Programmes open for applications

We are currently open for applications for our Setting Directions and Unlocking Insights Programmes. Please scroll down for more information.

Adhering to current social distancing guidelines, these programmes will be run remotely via Zoom. We will continue to monitor government advice and will respond to any changes as appropriate.

To apply, please complete our Digital Application Form and include this Proposed Project Information form as an attachment to the application form.

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, however the deadlines below are final.

All applications will be reviewed by our experienced team for both programmes to ensure that you are matched to the programme that best fits your needs. Please feel free to indicate which programme you feel is more relevant to you, however if you are unsure, please submit a application for our review and we'll select the most appropriate programme for you.

We encourage you to give us as much detail and information as possible in your application to help us ascertain which programme is more appropriate for your needs.

Further information on the application process.

Please contact our Charity Partnerships team on 07483 014783 or charitypartnerships@pilotlight.org.uk if you have any other questions about this process.

If your organisation is based in the Midlands or North of England or Wales you may be interested in applying for the Weston Charity Awards, run in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation. Winners receive £6,500 unrestricted grant funding alongside a place on the Pilotlight Programme. Applications for the Awards open on 30th November. Find out more on the website.

SETTING DIRECTIONS

SETTING DIRECTIONS

Setting Directions, a programme run in partnership with prominent UK businesses, will look at a specific strategic challenge or opportunity your organisation faces. Over 6-8 weeks, a team of senior executives, will work through the chosen issue, and provide you with high-level, actionable recommendations to develop your organisation. Charities and social enterprises from England, Wales and Scotland are eligible to apply.

Deadline for applications: 11th December 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Programme start dates: January 2021 onwards (exact dates to be confirmed)

UNLOCKING INSIGHTS

UNLOCKING INSIGHTS

Unlocking Insights, a programme run in partnership with Barclays, will see a team of business executives work with you to help solve a specific business challenge or opportunity you face. Over 10-12 weeks, the team will carry out extensive research and analysis to provide evidence-based recommendations and tools to support immediately actionable outputs for your organisation. Charities and social enterprises from England, Wales and Scotland are eligible to apply.

Deadline for applications: 11th December 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Programme start dates: February 2021 onwards (exact dates to be confirmed)

How We Are Funded

How We Are Funded

Our members pay an annual membership donation to take part, which allows us to offer our programmes free to charities and social enterprises. There are two types of members, those who make a personal donation to us and those who are sponsored by their employer. The donation not only supports the charity projects Pilotlighters are placed on, but also contributes towards our project work across the UK. We aim to meet 80% of our operating costs through our members, with 20% coming from Trusts and Foundations.

Creating Change

Develop your charity

Being a Charity Partner means taking the first step in developing your strategic ambition.

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