STRIVE programme

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Working together to build successful charities. 

Launched in March 2017, STRIVE is an 18-month programme funded by City Bridge Trust, which will be delivered by the Cranfield Trust

STRIVE provides independent, confidential business advice and guidance to City Bridge Trust grant holders whose primary purpose is addressing the issues of poverty, disability or social exclusion.

The Cranfield Trust has been working with charities for nearly 30 years, delivering management consultancy projects that support charities with everything from strategic planning to improving financial processes, building a strong board or creating an effective marketing plan. 

Projects generally cover four main areas: 

  1. Leadership and strategic direction - Governance, business planning, mentoring, and marketing.
  2. People management - Organisational structure, recruitment and retention processes, merger and collaborative working. 
  3. Financial management and sustainability - Process improvements, understanding costs, forecasting and scenario planning.
  4. Performance and impact - KPIs, impact reporting, and developing performance tools. 

Confidentiality

City Bridge Trust think it is important that STRIVE is completely confidential, to allow charities to be open and transparent and get the most out of the programme. The Cranfield Trust works directly with individual charities and at no point share with City Bridge Trust which of their grant holders we have worked with. 

Eligibility

  • You must be a City Bridge Trust grant holder whose primary purpose is addressing the needs of poverty, disability or social exclusion. Unfortunately, we are unable to support animal Call us now on 01794 830338  charities, schools, environmental charities, historic buildings or other organisations whose primary purpose in not focused on people issues/human suffering.
     
  • You must be a formally constituted non-profit with a board of trustees, such as a registered charity or Community Interest Company (CIC).
     
  • You need to have sufficient time to devote to a management consultancy project - our volunteers provide mentoring support, rather than taking the work away from you. 
     
  • Your charity must be based in the UK (even if supporting work overseas).
     
  • Any project undertaken must be agreed by your charity's trustees and senior management team. 

Interested in finding out more?

Applying for STRIVE couldn't be easier.

Simply read our Guide to getting started, take a look at our FAQs, then get in touch with us to apply. 

Call us now on 01794 830338 for an informal chat and to find out more about how STRIVE can make a difference to your charity. 

​​Strive launch event