To support you in your role as a Cranfield Trust volunteer, we are pleased to share extensive links to information on our website and also other useful information. You may also find this Glossary /common terminology helpful when first starting out. 


Cranfield Trust does not offer specialist fundraising advice and support, because Cranfield Trust volunteers are primarily from the commercial sector, but many of our activities feed into and support fundraising or income development, please see the following sections:
Strong financial information 
Well-articulated future plans 
Demonstrating impact 
Development of a social enterprise

Cranfield Trust website including resources on charity accounting and tendering

Institute of Fundraising provides training, resources, membership, consultancy

NCVO has information on funding and fundraising

Charity Excellence Framework has a large database of funders

Funding Central is a database of funders - free to charities with an income under £100,000

Strategy development and business planning

Cranfield Trust consultancy supports over 100 charities with business planning projects each year 

Cranfield Trust website has useful resources on business planning

Our wide range of webinars cover business planning 

Pilotlight offers different programmes of support on strategy development and strategic issues

Mentoring for CEO and leadership support

Cranfield Trust offers training for mentors and has an very active mentoring programme for charity leaders and managers https://

Kilfinan Group provides senior managers as mentors for charity Chief Executives 

Financial management

Cranfield Trust management consultancy 

Cranfield Trust finance webinars

Cranfield Trust information resources on financial topics

Charity Finance Group provides good practice in financial management

Good Finance provides advice on social investment

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (volunteering programme)

Charterpath also places accountants as volunteers


Cranfield Trust consultancy management consultancy and governance

We also run regular masterclasses on governance and effective board working and you can also view recordings of previous webinars

ICAEW offers free, online trustee training

Reach Volunteering has a large trustee placement activity and also offers guidance on the trustee recruitment process 

The following organisations also provide useful guidance and advice on getting volunteers: 

Trustees Unlimited also provides useful information how to find a trustee

Do IT - for recruitment of trustees

Getting on Board

Media Trust  - for someone with marketing experience
Women on Boards

Data, impact and evaluation

Cranfield Trust management consultancy and resources on impact and evaluation

Pro Bono Economicssupports charities with help on data, evaluation and impact through support from volunteer economists

DataKind brings teams of volunteers to work with charities on data science

Marketing and Communications

Cranfield Trust management consultancy and marketing and PR resources 

Media Trust provides communications and digital support for charities, provided by volunteers from the media industry 

Pimp My Cause provides marketing support from volunteers with marketing expertise

Charity Comms is a membership organisation and shares good practice in communications


ACAS provides free employment advice for employees and employers

RootsHR CIC is an HR service specifically for Social Sector employers

NCVO members can access free HR, employment, and health & safety advice through the Croner Business Support Helpline. They also have their Knowhow main advice and support website, which includes a range of HR resources and template policies

Cranfield Trust management consultancy on organisation development and change management 

Law Works provides advice on employment law issues

Go to Trust Law to see information on the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s pro bono legal programme, connecting social enterprises with law firms and corporate legal teams to provide free assistance

IT and Digital

Charity IT Association (CITA) brings together volunteers with IT expertise and charities

Digital Candle offers one hour of free digital advice

Charity Digital helps charities to save money on software purchases

Superhighways offers advice, training and IT support for small charities and community organisations (NB London only)

CAST support charities to embed digital in their services

Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) offers pro bono support on IT issues

Legal advice

Law Works matches charities with law firms for pro bono support

Trust Law (Thomson Reuters Foundation) also matches charities with law firms for free support

It is also worth checking the charity’s own insurance, as this may include legal cover. 

Setting up a charity

For information and advice in this area, please take a look at: 

Charity Commission and Charity Set-Up (Run by NCVO as the Small Charities Coalition is now closed)


Ethical Property Foundation offers free help, training and affordable consultancy on property matters


Operational Research Society are good for data analysis, options appraisal 

You can also try local universities and/or Reach

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