Funding Local Causes

Building Effectiveness 2018

November 2017

We are looking for 10 high potential organisations to benefit from a tailored, supported development programme.
If you would like to have expert independent support and guidance to:
  • Identify how your organisation can perform better

  • Implement an improvement plan that addresses the issues that will make a difference

  • Challenge your thinking, bringing together your board and senior manager(s)

We want to hear from you!

We want to hear from organisations who are open to change, have realistic ambitions, and who are prepared to commit time and energy into this process.

Hertfordshire Community Foundation (HCF) introduced the Building Effectiveness Programme last year - an innovative development project to help the Hertfordshire voluntary sector to thrive. The ten organisations selected for the 2017 Programme continue to work really hard to implement their development action plans, and have been full of praise and enthusiasm for the opportunity to participate in Building Effectiveness.

“Herts Young Homeless is delighted to have been part of the 2017 Building Effectiveness Programme. It came along at just the right time for our organisation and has supported us in developing our strategic thinking and future planning. The Programme has been challenging for us, but we have been well supported by our business mentor and the HCF advisor in learning how to create long term self-sustainability.” Helen Elliott, Chief Executive. Watch this video to hear more about how Herts Young Homeless has benefited from Building Effectiveness.

“Being part of the Building Effectiveness Programme has given us the opportunity to evaluate our charity as a whole, the tools to develop an action plan and the support to achieve our aspirations.” Emma Power, Home-start Watford and Three Rivers

Ten more high potential Hertfordshire voluntary organisations will be selected to participate in the 2018 Programme. The selected organisations will:
  • Complete a comprehensive assessment of their capabilities across all key functions

  • Produce and implement a bespoke development plan addressing the identified priorities

  • Work with a business mentor on their main strategic objective

  • Participate in a series of leadership workshops

  • Be shortlisted for the ‘BE Better’ awards, rewarding the best development journeys

This project is being delivered by HCF Training and Development in collaboration with the Cranfield Trust. The project will initially run for two years with ten organisations taking part each year. It is funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation, and Will Hobhouse - the High Sheriff for Hertfordshire for 2017, and is free to all participants. Watch this video to hear from Will about this programme.

How to apply:

For further information about the programme including the eligibility criteria, terms and conditions and to download the application form – visit the Building Effectiveness 2018 web page. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 4th December 2017.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your application, contact Sarah Elliott; 01707 251 351;
We were delighted to be selected for the 2017 Building Effectiveness programme. It has been very enabling and it has helped us put together theory and practice giving us a forward strategic plan. I would highly recommend it to any charity in Hertfordshire. Give it a go and put in an application!
Helen Elliott - Chief Executive, Herts Young Homeless

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