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:
Alex is a multi-disciplinary, systems-thinking fundraiser, with a passion for cross-functional collaboration, deep work, and proven strategic execution to supersede development goals. Until now, he’s worked on projects raising approximately $250 M and his current role is Associate Manager, Donor Experience at Heart and Stroke Canada.
TEF is a fantastic opportunity to condense years of expert learning and insight into a 12 month period. Success leaves clues and mentorship allows you to fast track on to the path of success.
At 15 years old Jordan fundraised for Teenage Cancer Trust after his own cancer diagnosis. He volunteered for numerous charities and decided he wanted to become a fundraiser. He’s now working for the incredible CLIC Sargent where every day is different, every day is rewarding and every day they make a difference.
It’s been fantastic to have someone pushing me forward and encouraging me to take opportunities. We’re currently in the running for charity of the year and that’s all because I saw something on Twitter and had the confidence to go for it.
Fern Haynes is Interim Head of Fundraising at Sue Ryder, South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub. After starting her career in the commercial world she moved into community fundraising in 2012. Fern is a skilled fundraiser with excellent relationship management skills. She has developed her career through a series of promotions at Sue Ryder and is continuing to develop her fundraising skills as a mentee at the Tony Elischer Foundation.
When I first met my mentor Claire I had just started my current role as Interim Head of Fundraising. I shared with her my ideas for the position and it was great to get her feedback. She recommended books for me to read about leadership and offered me a huge amount of sector insight - it is that insider knowledge which has really aided my development.
Darren has over 10 years' experience in corporate, event, trust, trustee and sole fundraising. He has a particular interest in smaller charities with little or no previous fundraising experience. He is a member of the IoF (Scotland) Professional Development Committee and is a Grants Assessor with The Short Breaks Fund.
Knowing there is someone there who you can reach out to is a massive positive - it’s about being able to talk honestly and voice those things that may be particularly difficult to talk about to a friend or colleague.”