We know. Charities and social enterprises like yours work tirelessly to tackle disadvantage, and you and your team put heart and soul into your cause. But, with competing pressures and opportunities, sometimes it’s difficult to know which direction to take.
That’s where we come in. Our programmes see empathetic business experts share their expertise with charities, bringing new perspectives, diverse skills and vast experience to bear on the challenges they’re facing. Since 1996, we’ve helped more than 1,000 charities to amplify their impact, reach more people and contribute to a better world. We’ve seen it all, and we know how to make an intervention work.
This is no one-size-fits-all solution. We have a range of programmes depending on the type of organisation you are and the situation you find yourself in, and within each programme your dedicated team of mentors - we call them Pilotlighters - and our experienced staff make sure that you have focused, individualised support.
Our support is free of charge to charities and social enterprises.
We are currently open for applications to all our programmes. Take a look at the deadlines to apply here.
The Weston Charity Awards
Created in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight, the Weston Charity Awards celebrate and support ambitious front-line charities working in the fields of Community, Welfare and Youth.
Open for applications each year in November, the Awards offer a package of support worth over £22,000 to up to 20 charities. Supporting small charities to thrive and not just survive, the Awards help charities to plan for sustainability, development and growth over ten months.
If you lead a charity based in the North or Midlands of England, or Wales, you could be eligible to apply.
If you are an ambitious charity based in the UK, we can help you reach the next level. Take a look at our eligibility criteria and how to apply for support. Need to know more? Read the experiences of other charities just like yours below.
From the outset I remember thinking, 'What will make the Pilotlighters the right people to provide support? What are they going to be like?' I was hoping for an analytical, outside perspective, and that's what I got. I felt from the first meeting that everyone was on the same page.
Having only become the CEO of The Felix Project relatively recently, it's been invaluable to receive this input on a challenge the charity is currently facing. I am very grateful for the recommendations we have been given from the Morgan Stanley Pilotlighters.
Pilotlight 360 was invaluable for me as a leader. Not only do I now have a five-year business plan, a new mission, social objectives, business objectives and narrative, I'm more confident in my role.
Taking part in the Pilotlight Insight was incredibly useful for MumsAid. The Pilotlighters were really committed to ensure we had useful and useable outcomes. Thank you!
The input we have received from the Pilotlighters has been invaluable. It's helped guide our thinking at such a critical time for Volunteer It Yourself.
The process was very useful for me. I was led to question my assumptions around different possibilities for our future.
We now have the tools to create real growth which is so exciting.
Generation Success is a social enterprise founded by current CEO James Adeleke in 2015. It aims to increase social mobility and provide young people from diverse backgrounds access to the UK and Ireland’s corporate sectors.
QPR in the Community Trust (QPRCT) is the charitable arm of QPR Football Club, based at Loftus Road Stadium in West London, and uses the power of football and sport to help young people achieve their potential.
Our Make a Difference in a Day programme sees teams of skilled business professionals working together to find solutions to a specific operational challenge a selection of charities face in just one day.
Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) is a not-for-profit CIC (Community Interest Company) working with young people aged 14-24 who are not in education, emp
Rowan Alba (RA) was founded in 2005 and supports some of the most vulnerable people affected by homelessness in Edinburgh, many with complex, long term issues such as poor mental health, and drug and alcohol abuse.
The Super Power Agency aims to improve the lives and literacy skills of some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people.
Croydon Mencap was established in 1952 to support local people with learning disabilities and their carers. Croydon Mencap's team reached out to Pilotlight for help to define a development strategy and to develop the Board. In hindsight, what the team really needed was permission to trust themselves!