We're working with City Bridge Trust to help build successful charities. 

STRIVE offers free management consultancy projects providing 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 over 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. We also offer mentoring to charity leaders and managers. 

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. 

Mentoring and Peer to Peer 

At the Cranfield Trust, we recognise that being a Charity Leader is rewarding but can sometimes feel isolating. 

Mentoring from the Cranfield Trust can offer a senior level ‘critical friend’, someone who can share their knowledge and experience,  whilst supporting you to consider your leadership decisions and impact. You'll receive highly skilled insight, innovative ideas, challenge, and reinforcement from a Cranfield Trust Mentor over 1-2 hours, every 4-6 weeks.  A mentoring relationship is confidential and supports your development needs and that of the organisation you lead.

Peer to Peer provides a confidential, neutral thinking, and group problem solving space to explore leadership challenges.Cranfield Trust volunteer facilitators help to create a space for charity leaders to support each other, sharing challenges, discovering solutions, and enabling each other to move their organisations forwards.


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. Cranfield Trust works directly with individual charities and at no point do we share with City Bridge Trust which of their grant holders we have worked with. 


  • You must be a City Bridge Trust grant holder whose primary purpose is addressing issues of poverty, disability or social exclusion. Unfortunately, we are unable to support animal  charities, schools, environmental charities, historic buildings or other organisations whose primary purpose in not focused on people issues/human welfare.
  • 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 are advisers, rather than taking the work away from you. 
  • 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

Get in touch on 01794 830338 or email [email protected] to find out how STRIVE can make a difference to your charity.

Investing in ourselves, investing in the sector

In February 2018, the Cranfield Trust and City Bridge Trust hosted an event in London, bringing together charity leaders and funders to discuss external support for the voluntary sector. From discussions on the day and a nationwide survey of charities, we have produced a report showing the findings and offering recommendations to help shape the future of funder plus services. 

We have published a report Funder Plus support: Investing in the sector, investing in ourselves

Read report

Registered Charity No: 800072 | Scottish Charity No: SCO40299 | Company No: 2290789 | Telephone No: 01794 830338
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