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Our story

In 1989 HRH The Princess Royal challenged, MBA students and alumni of Cranfield University to use their skills to benefit the voluntary sector.  With much enthusiasm the Cranfield Trust was established, with a vision for all voluntary organisations to have the management expertise they need to thrive.  

Nearly 30 years on, the Cranfield Trust still operates with the same enthusiasm and passion to provide valuable free business advice, guidance, and skills to thousands of charities across the country every year. As Patron of the Trust, HRH The Princess Royal, continues to be an active supporter and advocate of our work. 

About us

Cranfield Trust is a national charity and the UK's leading provider pro bono business support for the voluntary sector. For nearly 30 years we have been adding value to the lives of people across the country, by providing free business skills to help build successful charities.

Every year our network of over 1,000 highly skilled volunteers from the commercial sector share their knowledge and experience with charities by  providing independent advice and support on everything from business planning, to charity governance, and financial management.  

Over the years we have developed services to meet the growing needs of the voluntary sector. To complement our flagship Management consultancy service, we also offer tailored HR advice, mentoring and a series of topical masterclasses. We are able to deliver all of our valuable services for free, thanks to the generous support of volunteers, charitable trusts and foundations, individual givers, major donors, corporate supporters and legacies. 

Our mission

Our mission is to provide free business skills to build successful charities. 

Our vision

Our vision is for all voluntary organisations to have the management expertise they need to help them thrive.

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