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:
Patty began her career in fundraising working for MWL Foundation, an anti-human trafficking organisation in Tirana, Albania. After two years she moved to London where she now lives and works as the Trusts and Foundations Manager for WeSeeHope, an international development organisation committed to creating sustainable change for vulnerable children in Southern and Eastern Africa.
“When I started working in fundraising I had such a case of imposter syndrome and was so hungry to learn. The TEF mentorship programme gave me a mentor who is my biggest advocate and a cohort of like-minded fundraisers who are eager to learn and grow, just like me. Without this mentorship, I would not have had the tools or confidence to pursue my dream job which is proving to be the best professional move of my career.”
Kat is passionate about building meaningful relationships with people and organisations to raise funds within communities. She is the Community Fundraising Manager at King's College Hospital Charity, having recently moved there after six years building the community and events fundraising programme at Sarcoma UK. During this time she increased events fundraising from £50,000 to almost £300,000, and built a successful Funds programme to recognise and steward community groups.
Being a part of the Tony Elischer mentorship scheme has not only given me the opportunity to meet and learn from my peers, but the chance to spend time reflecting and strategising. Richard has helped me develop not just as a better fundraiser, but a better manager. He has helped me talk through difficult problems and find effective solutions. I feel really honoured to be part of the programme.
Katie began her career in fundraising in Community and Events before moving into Corporate Partnerships for NSPCC Scotland. She is regularly inspired by the fundraisers she meets, both professionals and volunteers. She is a dedicated relationship fundraiser and is always keen to learn more. Katie chairs the Scottish Community Fundraising SIG and sits on the Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel.
I am delighted to be one of TEF’s mentees. It’s a brilliant learning opportunity, it is fantastic to get the chance to take a step back when I sit down with my mentor and ask questions, bounce ideas around and get some useful feedback and reassurance. I also feel lucky to have met so many fantastic fundraisers through the cohorts!
Bradley French oversees fundraising and marketing for Team Kenya, an organisation promoting gender equality and preventing violence towards girls and women in rural Kenya. His passion for international development has seen him previously working for COCO and has led him to become a trustee for Children of Rwanda. Brad has recently joined the committee of the Institute of Fundraising North East.
Working alongside my mentor has provided a fantastic opportunity for me to plan my development, both in my existing role and in my career as a whole. Through TEF, I have also made some wonderful connections, who have been able to guide me in different ways.