Our mentees are all fundraisers with the talent, drive and ambition to be the next generation of fundraising leaders. They are learning and developing through their participation in our programme and all invest great energy and enthusiasm into their time with us to get the most from the opportunity.
Get to know some of our mentees:
Jenny is the Head of Community and Events Fundraising at Sense, a national charity that supports children and adults who are deafblind and have other complex disabilities. Managing both dispersed and office-based teams, she is responsible for raising over £1.5M of income across a range of events and income streams. She is passionate about delivering exceptional supporter experiences and building strong relationships that enable supporters to feel part of the charity. Before joining Sense in January 2018, Jenny had worked at Livability as well as in the London Volunteer Fundraising team at Cancer Research UK.
2020 was an incredibly difficult year for Community and Events Fundraising. Amy and the programme have helped me to build a plan to build back a stronger and more effective team. It has given me the structure to create a future focussed strategy while also dealing with continuing challenges.
Huda became interested in fundraising as a public policy student working with a school in Thailand that was boarding Myanmar refugees and migrants but whose funding was running out after 3 months. This made her realize that many organizations are doing great work worldwide but they sometimes lack the resources or skills to become financially sustainable. That’s where she wanted to help. Since then, Huda has helped non-profits fundraise in United States, Pakistan, Thailand and the United Kingdom. She is currently the sole fundraiser for Life Cycle UK and is developing the organization’s fundraising strategy for the next 5 years.
In these difficult times, I am extremely grateful to have the support of Tony Elischer Foundation. Conversations with my mentor has enabled me to be self-reflective; take a step back from day-to-day firefighting; and focus on the big picture – both in terms of organization’s long term strategy and my own professional goals.
Amy was recently promoted to Director of Fundraising at Focus Ireland, a national homeless charity in the Republic of Ireland. Previously she worked as their Partnerships and Philanthropy Manager and developed the major gifts programme for the organisation. Amy loves building long term strategic relationships with donors, connecting them with projects that resonate with them and help make real change in our society.
“Working with the Tony Elischer Foundation has been an invaluable opportunity for personal development. The programme and my mentor really encouraged me to be self-reflective and develop a deeper understanding of the type of leader that I would like to become, and supported me with my plan to work towards my goals. I’ve really enjoyed connecting with other fundraisers and developing peer support in different areas of fundraising.”
Louisa’s career in fundraising began as a student volunteer for the charity who later became her first employer. After six years as a fundraiser for international development organisations, she made a slight pivot to fundraising for fact checking. As Head of Fundraising at Full Fact, the UK’s independent fact checking charity, she supports donors who are frustrated with the accuracy and honesty of public debate to join the fight against bad information. She now leads a small team of philanthropy fundraisers, focusing on trust, major donor and corporate fundraising.
“I feel so fortunate to have the support of the Tony Elischer Foundation, my mentor, and the community of fundraisers created by the foundation. Having Beth’s support as I stepped up to a leadership role and created a new team was such a great help. It can be hard to prioritise personal development and make space for it, which makes the culture and energy created by the foundation’s work so rewarding and exceptional.”