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:
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!
Konna found his love of fundraising at university whilst leading a Kilimanjaro team of sixty at Plymouth RAG. After working in sales for two years he worked for Meningitis Research Foundation in the Student Challenge Team, growing sign ups by 25%. Now in Corporate and High Value Fundraising for TREE AID his passion for exceeding income can continue to grow.
I have learnt far more from my mentor than I thought possible, by helping me to think differently and how to apply that thinking in a very personal way. I can honestly say that I am a better Fundraiser and on the career path of my dreams now thanks to the TEF scheme.
Oli is the Community Manager at Motor Neurone Disease Association. He started his fundraising career as the senior volunteer for Loughborough Students’ Rag, helping to raise over £1M in their first year. He went on to work internationally in the challenge event market, in regional fundraising and in community fundraising within the medical and hospice sectors. Oli is passionate about bringing innovation into community fundraising and identifying and building relationships with key influencers.
TEF have been fantastic in finding me a quality mentor as well as providing unique opportunities and facilitating networking with other up and coming fundraisers. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor in Simon, both in terms of personality and in terms of his unique position within the industry.