Useful sector resources

Where to start?

There is a huge amount of free or low cost advice, resources, training and consultancy available to charities, social enterprises and not-for-profits. Below are links to a few we find useful and relevant.


People:
  • The Confidence Framework - a free interactive tool designed by Realising Ambition to support sector leaders and individual organisations to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.
  • Clore Social Leadership Programme* - develops future leaders in the social sector
  • Cranfield Trust* - matches charities up with pro bono business expertise from management consultants
  • HRNet - free Human Resources advice and information from Cranfield Trust for charities and social enterprises based in England and Wales
  • North East Skills Sharing- encourages and promotes skills sharing between local businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Tees Valley.
  • Pilotlight * -  free tailored strategic planning support for charities and social enterprises from senior business people
  • Reach Volunteering* - provides a free service for charities, recruiting skilled volunteers and trustees
  • Skillsbridge * -  supports voluntary and community sector organisations with a coordinated programme of professional volunteering
  • The Association of Chairs* - supports Chairs of charities and non-profit organisations to lead their boards effectively

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Evaluation, impact and learning:

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Finance:
  • Charity Finance Group* - membership organisation offering training to the charity sector to develop leadership and financial management skills, understanding of topical financial issues, networking and knowledge sharing.

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Social Investment:
  • Good Finance - website helping charities & social enterprises navigate the world of social investment

  • The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC) - social change strategy consultancy. Services include social impact assessment, charity revenue generation and business planning, investment readiness, and research.

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Social Enterprise:

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Digital:
  • Campaign Bootcamp* - supports campaigners with intensive training and networking
  • Cast - supports social technology ventures to grow and access finance and talent
  • Charity IT Association * - free independent tech advice for charities
  • Technology Trust - offers donated and discounted software, email marketing and foreign exchange services for UK charities.

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Communication and Campaigning:

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Diversity and equality:

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Environment and Food sustainability:
  • Julie's Bicycle - working with arts organisations to help them measure, manage and reduce their environmental impacts
  • Good Food at Work * - guidance from Sustain on how to ask your organisation to sign up to a healthy and sustainable food policy
  • Food Systems Academy * - an open education resource for sharing knowledge and increase the public’s understanding of our food system

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Sector supporters:
  • Arts Council England - funding, advice and tools for the arts sector in England
  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland- the funding and development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland
  • Arts Council of Wales - Wales' funding and development organisation for the arts
  • Association of Independent Museums* - connects, supports and represents independent museums and galleries 
  • Clinks *- supports, represents and campaigns for the voluntary sector working with offenders
  • Creative Scotland- the public body that supports the arts in Scotland
  • Directory of Social Change- provides training courses, publications, online funding databases and research for the charity sector
  • Locality* - national network for community-led organisations. Its Lifeboat programme supports member organisations in financial or organisational difficulty.
  • Museums Association* - the membership organisation for everyone working museums, galleries and heritage
  • NAVCA- national membership charity for local infrastructure
  • NCVO- research, resources and training for voluntary sector organisations in England
  • NICVA- support for voluntary sector organisations in Northern Ireland
  • SCVO- support for voluntary sector organistions in Scotland
  • Small Charities Coalition* - support for UK charities with income below £1m
  • WCVA- support for voluntary sector organisations in Wales

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*these organisations have been funded by a grant from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.