Sometimes you can be too close to an issue to be objective. Seeking independent advice and speaking to someone with specialist knowledge and experience of a business area, can be extremely useful.
It encourages you think about things differently and help you to discover solutions you may not have considered.
Free management consultancy
Cranfield Trust provides free, tailored management consultancy support to welfare charities.
Free telephone advice
Advice on immediate questions and management challenges is available via Cranfield Trust On Call, our telephone advice service.
Working with a management consultant
Before you start work with an external consultant, Stella Smith gives some useful pointers.
BUSINESS PLANNING FOR YOUR CHARITY
Having a good business plan in place will not only help your charity to have a clear focus, it will also position you to attract new funders, volunteers and supporters.
Thinking about and aligning your charitable activities also gives you time to think about potential risks and opportunities. A well thought out business plan is vital part of building a robust and successful charity.
Build your business plan
Questions to ask to help you build your charity's business plan.
Business plan template
A template for a straightforward business plan, in Word and PDF versions.
In reviewing your activities and writing your business plan you may wish to consider your processes to ensure that they are efficient and contributing to a high quality of activity. This article on LEAN management provides some guidance.
Cranfield Trust offers mentoring for welfare charity leaders and managers, providing individual support.
Benefits of a mentor
CEO of Rydale Carers Support, Claire Hall, discusses the benefits of mentoring from a Cranfield Trust volunteer.
Managing through a crisis
Volunteer consultant Andy Bass looks at how to manage through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Matt Curtis, Cranfield Trust Project Manager North East, gives advice on managing through crisis.
Cranfield Trust volunteer Chris Kerr draws lessons on crisis leadership from world leaders.
Learning about leadership
Volunteer Chris Kerr describes what he has learned about leadership from volunteering with Cranfield Trust.
Is merger right for your charity?
Volunteer Matthew Wilkley, Director of Income Generation at Independent Age, considers merger as a strategic option, with particular reference to fundraising.