Develop your charitable organisation holistically

Supporting charity leaders to think strategically and plan for sustainability

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How it works

How it works

Over two-hourly meetings once a month, together with a team of 4 Pilotlighters, you will create between 2-4 project aims you will work together to achieve. These are responsive to your organisation’s needs and can include: vision and mission setting; governance and leadership development; strategic business planning; away day planning/facilitation; income diversification; and improved impact measurement.

At the end of the programme you could have created a robust future-looking strategy, a refreshed governance structure, revised vision & mission statements or an action plan for key operational improvements.

Depending on where your organisation is based, our longer programmes run for different lengths of time. This is, however, the only difference:

• If your organisation is based in England and or Wales, we are able to offer our Pilotlight Programme, which is 10 months in length.

• If your organisation is based in Scotland we are able to offer our Leading Change programme, which is 6 months in length.

As our support is free of charge, we expect charity leaders to commit at least a day a month for the length of the engagement, though the more time you and your organisation can put in, the more you’ll get out of it. We also expect your board of trustees to be fully engaged with the programme and for the Chair to attend meetings with the charity leader where possible.

Our longer programmes are currently run through a blend of in-person and virtual meetings, via Zoom.

Please submit your application by Wednesday 17th November, and you could start working with us from early December 2021

What kinds of organisations we're looking for

What kinds of organisations we're looking for

These 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 registered in the UK that tackles social disadvantage.

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.

Our programmes are most successful when working with:

Organisations that:

  • are open to and embrace change and challenge
  • have a turnover of between £100K and £5m
  • have been delivering services for at least 2 years
  • have at least 1 full-time, paid leadership position
  • are able to demonstrate a degree of financial stability to engage in the Pilotlight process
  • are no longer in a start-up phase

Leaders who:

  • have been in position for at least 6 months
  • have the capacity to dedicate time to the programme

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We're running a short digital information session for charities who'd like more information before they apply.

Current Charity Partners

Through our various programmes we are currently working with the following charities and social enterprises.