FAQs - General


Where do your volunteers come from?
Our volunteers are business professionals, often with over 10 years’ experience in their area of expertise. Many are recruited through our MBA alumni programmes and partnerships with professional bodies. 

Are your services completely free?
Our consultancy service is free to voluntary organisations, but we ask that you cover our volunteers’ expenses.  These should be moderate, but it’s a good idea to agree them at the outset.

Registering with our HRNet service is also free to charities and social enterprises.  

If your services are delivered by volunteer consultants, why do you need donations?
As with any charity, core funding is necessary to cover central staff costs and overheads. This allows us, for example, to provide the services of regional Project Managers, who are responsible for identifying the right volunteer for each assignment and supporting the project to completion.

Are you a registered charity?
Yes, the Cranfield Trust is a Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 800072 and a Registered Charity in Scotland No. SC040299. We are also a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales No.2290789. Our registered office is Cranfield University, MK43 0AL

How are you funded?
We receive funding from sources such as grant-making trusts, companies and individuals.  Some grant-making trusts provide us with funding as a means of helping their grant holders become more effective and sustainable. We also have a highly engaged group of major donors who offer their time and money to help us succeed.

Are you part of Cranfield University?
No.  The Cranfield Trust was founded at Cranfield University in 1987 and became an independent Registered Charity in 1988.

Are you funded by Cranfield University?
No, Cranfield University helps promote the Trust to its alumni but does not fund us.  

Do you need to be affiliated with Cranfield or alumni of Cranfield to help advance the work of the Trust?
No, we welcome support from everybody regardless of University affiliation.