Management Consultancy, Mentoring, Peer to Peer Exchange, and On Call
- Your primary purpose must be addressing the welfare needs of people, including poverty, disability or social exclusion. Although we interpret this requirement fairly widely, our Management Consultancy, Mentoring, Peer to Peer Exchange and On Call services are are generally not available to animal charities, mainstream and independent schools, environmental charities, historic buildings or other organisations where work is not primarily focussed on human welfare issues.
- 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 available to work with our volunteers, who advise and facilitate, rather than taking the work away from you.
- You must be based in the UK, even if supporting work overseas. Any project undertaken must be agreed by your charity's trustees and CEO.
Management Consultancy FAQs
What is management consultancy?
In its most simple terms, management consultancy helps to improve an organisation's performance by solving problems and finding new and better ways of doing things. Our free management consultancy service provides tailored business advice and solutions exclusively for charities. Whether you need help with your charity's business strategy, governance, marketing or financial processes, we can help.
Is it really free?
Yes! We are able to offer all our services for charities free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the volunteers, trusts, foundations, corporate partners and donors who support our work. We do ask you to cover volunteer expenses (these should be moderate but it's a good idea to agree them at the outset). When your project has finished please do complete a short survey, so we can report back to funders.
Will I have to travel to meetings?
No! We understand that charity leaders are busy people and are often time poor. Our project managers and volunteer consultants will arrange to come and meet with you at a mutually agreed time and place or online via a video conference platform such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
How long does a project take?
Every Cranfield Trust management consultancy project is different. On average volunteer consultants spend about seven days with the charity they are working with but this can be spread over several months, depending on the needs of your organisation.
Do you operate throughout the UK?
We are able to offer consultancy projects throughout England, Wales and Scotland, but not Northern Ireland.
Do you work with international charities?
We support many charities that have beneficiaries outside the UK, but operate from the UK.
Setting up a new charity?
If you are a new charity and would like some advice on where and how to get help in setting up and structuring your charity, we can point you in the right direction.