Institute of Fundraising awards free consultancy support to three charities

Annie Clarke, head of learning development at the IoF, says the awards will help small charities that would not usually be able to afford professional business advice

Annie Clarke
Annie Clarke

The Institute of Fundraising has announced the three charities it has selected to receive free consultancy support worth £5,000 each.

The IoF invited charities with annual voluntary incomes of £1m or less to apply for help from the Cranfield Trust, which provides pro bono management consultancy to voluntary organisations addressing issues of poverty, disability or social exclusion. The help offered was designed to improve the charities’ fundraising.

It announced this week that the three successful charities, chosen from about 20 applications, were the Hertfordshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Letchworth, Blackpool Carers’ Centre and the Burwell Community Print Centre in Cambridge.

Annie Clarke, head of learning development at the IoF, said it decided to run the awards for small charities that would not usually be able to afford professional business advice. "We know that this help will enable a small charity to make big things happen for its community and workforce," she said.

The main focus of the consultancy will be to support the charities to develop their business planning skills.

Mary Hammond, chair of trustees at Burwell Print, which trains people with learning difficulties to work as printers, said: "We are a small charity and, like many organisations, have found it hard in this recession. This valuable award will make a huge impact in our quest to combat social exclusion and provide a quality training service for our users."

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