Entries by rosalind

Is Financial Resilience a myth?

We’re busy analysing our feedback and other data to produce the next Charity Mentors Oxfordshire Impact Report (coming soon!). We’ve already noticed that a common issue that crops up for our Charity Mentors is that of financial resilience. Many charities and voluntary organisations feel their situation is quite the opposite – an almost permanent state […]

Financial sustainabilty at SOFEA

Ruth and Richard Kennell set up SOFEA (South Oxfordshire Food & Education Alliance) in 2014 to help disadvantaged young people aged 14-24. In only 5 years, they have helped 200 young people back into full-time education or progress to full-time employment and grown SOFEA to reach a turnover of £1 million. Charity Mentors’ Roz Warren […]

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Our Mentors: Jens Tholstrup

In each issue, we will introduce you to one of our Mentors by telling you a bit about their experience and giving you their answers to 3 questions, to include their own ‘top time-saving tip’?! Jens Tholstrup Jens is Managing Director of Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION), Development Director SQW Group and Senior Advisor, Oxford […]

How does strategy help a charity?

“Things are changing so fast, an organization needs to be nimble and pick up on opportunities. A strategy can stifle innovation.” “We’re a small organization. We rely on a couple of key funders. We’re very focused on what we do and what we provide. We have limited resources and we’d rather use them to deliver […]

How strategy helped HENRY

CEO of HENRY, Kim Roberts was one of our first mentees. Here, Kim talks to Roz Warren about how strategy helped secure the future of HENRY, at a very critical time. HENRY is a preventative health charity. It works with parents to help them give their children a healthy start in life and reduce the […]

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Our mentors: Sam Clarke

In each issue, we will introduce you to one of our Mentors by telling you a bit about their experience and giving you their answers to 3 questions, to include their own ‘top time-saving tip’?! Sam Clarke Sam has been an active mentor, a previous Trustee and is now Chair of Charity Mentors. His main […]

Making it work – The Relationship between Chairs and Chief Executives

Good leadership is important in any organisation, and the relationship between the Chair and the Chief Executive is pivotal to success. When it works well things can fly, but when there are problems life becomes very difficult. This is a particular problem for small organisations as so much is riding on getting this right. Chief […]

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Our mentors: Joanna Simons

In each issue, we will introduce you to one of our Mentors by telling you a bit about their experience and giving you their answers to 3 questions, to include their own ‘top time-saving tip’?! Joanna Simons Joanna has been the Chief Executive of a national charity and two local authorities, including Oxfordshire County Council […]