Our mentors are all experienced and successful leaders and managers who know how to help others be the best they can be in their roles. Many are fundraising experts but we also have others who specialise in areas such as innovation or technology both from within and beyond the not-for-profit sector. Their wide range of skills, knowledge, organisational experience and locations means we can always make a really productive match of mentor and participant.
Get to know a selection of our team:
Patrick Hafner is a fundraiser, storyteller and clown! He works as an independent fundraising consultant for Resource Development, Leadership, Lightness and as fundraiser for the Vienna University of Business and Economics. His dream: a world in which everyone unfolds her or his potential in a joyful way.
He has worked in the NPO world for more than 20 years and during this time he has been able to practice many areas of fundraising and to strategically advance as a manager. From 2006 to 2018, he worked for the international organization Light for the World. From 2016 to 2018, he headed the area of fundraising and communications with a team of 25 people and, as a member of the International Management Team, had business responsibility for the total annual income of 21 million euros.
For more than 15 years Patrick has also been a hospital clown! The emotional and intensive contact with more than 35,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors under challenging living conditions has taught him the way of joyful play.
“I was so lucky to have Tony Elischer as a mentor and a friend. He really taught me what it means to be a fundraiser with heart and head. As a mentor, I feel honoured to share what I got as a gift.”
Richard Sved is the Founding Director of 3rd Sector Mission Control. He has worked and volunteered for charities for over 25 years, has been a Trustee for a decade, and has led the fundraising team at seven national charities, including National Literacy Trust, Girlguiding and Epilepsy Society.
He also writes a somewhat leftfield blog about a wide range of aspects of the charity sector and is always agreeably surprised to hear people read and enjoy it!
“I’m a mentor because I really enjoy doing it! Beyond the expected feel-good aspects of helping someone else in our sector to develop their craft, I gain so much from it myself, including getting a refreshing perspective on approaches to work and be successful in the sector I love.”
Louise has acquired a wide range of experience during her 17 years in the charity sector. Starting her career as a Regional Fundraiser at the National Institute of Conductive Education, then ChildLine, followed by leading the British Heart Foundation’s Central England events team, before moving to Mencap, as Fundraising Manager for the Midlands, helping to organise several high-profile national campaigns.
In 2009, Louise joined Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where she has managed multiple capital appeals, led her team to triple fundraising income and in doing so raised the profile of the Charity. She attributes much of the growth to embedding a culture of fundraising throughout the organisation which was recognised when she became Director of Fundraising in 2014, and a member of the leadership team, a rarity in the NHS.
Tony supported Louise at a key point in her career. “He helped me to recognise my achievements, unlock my confidence and be courageous in stepping into the unknown. He also always made me feel that my contribution was adding value and this is something that I would wish for all mentees to cherish as well. As a mentor I aim to help individuals develop the knowledge and behaviours they need to flourish”.
Karen joined Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in 2016 as their first Director of Fundraising, with responsibility for developing and implementing a new fundraising strategy for high net worth individuals, corporates, philanthropic trusts and foundations.
Prior to joining LSTM, Karen spent nine years at the University of Liverpool, initially as Head of Alumni Relations and later becoming Director of Philanthropy & Alumni Relations.
In addition to her fundraising responsibilities at LSTM, Karen also leads on the HIVE (Health Innovation in a Virtual Environment), a pioneering virtual incubator, designed to accelerate new innovations for global health. Karen was amongst the first cohort to achieve the Advanced Diploma in Fundraising through the Institute of Fundraising in 2015.
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