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:
Following a successful career in catering, Edd decided he wanted a change; to feel that his work was actually meaningful. This lead him to the voluntary sector and fundraising. Gaining vital experience over six months volunteering, his first role was working for Bristol Zoo on the Wow Gorilla Project. This sculpture trail and auction went on to raise £427,000 for gorilla conservation. His role developed into Corporate fundraising and has taken him to charities such as St Peter’s Hospice and Above & Beyond in Bristol. Edd has a passion for local organisations, making an impact on the community he lives in. He is now Head of Development at Caring in Bristol, an organisation aiming to solve homelessness in Bristol.
Being part of the TEF Mentoring scheme has been amazing. It has not only provided me a mentor who I can discuss ideas and develop my skills as a leader in the industry but has given me a confidence to push myself further, to aim higher and move into a role which is the perfect one for me. It has also given me the opportunity to grow a network of brilliant fundraisers nationally who are there as a support and a group to bounce ideas off.
Raluca is a fundraiser with a long career path at international NGOs including Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages, and now CONCORDIA Social Projects. In 2016 she took on the management of the Institutional and Foundations Fundraising Department, a multi-million yearly target and a portfolio of dynamic partnerships. In her work she is a story teller, and a bridge builder between people and organisations connected by the idea of doing good!
The TEF mentorship helps me to discover and use more effectively my personal strengths. Together with Patrick, we work on strategies and yearly plans for fundraising growth, but also simulate presentations with high-potential donors. Patrick is a professional clown as well and his figure "Doctor Disco“ teaches me to stay kind, curious, passionate and fearless in any situation in fundraising.
Joely is passionate about the power of relationship building in community fundraising. She started her fundraising career volunteering with the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children and Barnardo’s before becoming a volunteer coordinator at a disability charity. Joely is the Interim Head of Hospice Fundraising at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, having previously been a Senior Community Fundraiser and Community Fundraiser within the team.
Being part of the TEF is a true privilege, with many unique opportunities for development. Time with my mentor allows me to take a step back, reflect and be more strategic in my thinking. Beccy’s wonderful ability to get me thinking differently has helped me develop in my role and grow in confidence.
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.