Our mentors are all experienced and successful leaders 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.”
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”.
Tracey is currently Director of Fundraising at Rennie Grove Hospice Care, joining the team in 2018. She has worked in a variety of organisations, primarily based in the healthcare sector, and in particular hospices, holding senior roles at Thames Hospice and Sue Ryder.
Her experience covers all areas of fundraising, particularly focussing on community and corporate work, and has vast experience in strategy development, objective setting and planning and managing teams through change.
Tracey is passionate about mentoring and the positive impact this can have, and has enjoyed being a mentor for the Rank Foundation as part of its Sharing Good Practice initiative. ‘I’m really excited about helping the next generation of fundraisers to develop and succeed and hope that sharing my knowledge and experience will help to do this. I am delighted to be part of the TEF Programme and look forward to working with the mentees.’
Grahame is a proven strategist and all round fundraiser with over 20 years experience. He balances strategic thinking with practical knowledge of key fundraising areas, ensuring that strategies can be closely tailored and implemented to an organisation and its cause. As an ex Director of Fundraising he understands people, structures and cultures, and has planned and led many change programmes. Grahame began his fundraising career after working in marketing in the commercial sector. He started out as a corporate fundraising manager at the beginning of the year 2000 and, whilst he has experience across fundraising he is considered to hold a deep specialism in corporate fundraising. He is passionate about the development of the fundraising profession and is a mentor to several fundraisers. "As a mentor I love seeing people with talent grow and flourish. It is very rewarding to play a part in helping someone realise their potential".
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