AVOCADO+ is a one-year accelerator programme offered to a limited number of Black, Asian, Multi-Ethnic & Refugee (BAMER) led charities and social enterprises. The one-year course supports six areas: financial fitness, operations, impact, effective leadership, networks and awareness. This is based on research carried out by the Charities Aid Foundation on the key components for resilience and sustainability, essential for smaller non-profit organisations.
If you are a very small charity or social enterprise (receiving less than £150,000 annual income with at least one founder of either Black, Asian, Multi-Ethnic or Refugee (BAMER) origin looking to grow and become funding ready, we can help you!
This is an intensive and innovative programme, designed to improve the Sustainability, Fundraising Capabilities and Leadership of UK registered BAMER charities and social enterprises. We know these organisations face numerous unique challenges; often taking many years to gain momentum and build capacity in spite of the great needs they are meeting.
Our accelerator programme is the only one of its kind in the United Kingdom:
- Qualifying groups receive intensive capacity building and consultancy support which enables them to achieve sustainable growth and to successfully raise funds for their work.
- It is facilitated by consultants with extensive experience of working with BAMER organisations.
- It offers a mix of training, governance, finance, coaching and income diversification interventions.
By the end of the programme, we expect groups to have increased their effectiveness, their impact on beneficiaries and their fundraising success. This year, successful organisations will receive:
- A Diagnostic Review of their organisation and a bespoke development plan.
- Intensive Training Sessions on Non-Profit Essentials, Financial Literacy and Income Generation, run by industry experts.
- A dedicated consultant, offering practical (including bid writing and fundraising support).
- Networking opportunities with key grant-makers.
- Coaching and Mentoring.Access to fundraising networks and events.
- Fast track access to all grant opportunities and annual Dragons’ Den event.
- Lifetime membership of the AVOCADO alumni community, and more.
Community OneAnsar Hussain
“We learned a great deal throughout the AVOCADO+ course. Each session was a learning curve for us at Community One.
Our greatest learning was treating our organisation as a business regardless of the volunteering aspects. What I mean by this is the learning of different types of documentation including our vision, mission, project plan, funding strategies, inputs, outputs and elevator pitches.”
Sickle Cell & Young Stroke Survivors (SYCSS)Angie Ojo
“The AVOCADO+ course was immensely beneficial for SCYSS. It came at the right time when an overhaul in the management was required to cover the loss of its CEO. With close contact with our consultant and several #BootCamps with different professionals, we believe that we are stronger and more knowledgeable now when compared to before the course.
Overall, I would recommend this course to charities that need the knowledge and the help...in fact, I have already!”
Black Women’s InitiativeJuddy Otti
“I particularly applaud the program’s organisers for transforming this program into an online version. This enabled me to attend in the comfort of my home as I balance home and business life. The content was of extremely high quality, with boot camps that gave us insight into different topics as well as 1:2:1 sessions with our consultants and small groups.
I have built a network of people I can reach out to for support and work in partnership with to see our vision of BAMER organisations become visible and sustainable in the charitable sector.”
The Money4YOU AVOCADO+ Accelerator Programme is worth £3,000 per organisation and this will be offered for free to up to 20 successful organisations, thanks to our partners.
In return we expect:
- Absolute commitment to all training dates
- At least two regular attendees from your organisation to join the monthly training and development (Friday and Saturday) #BootCamp sessions.
- Submission of outputs on time
- Timely communication with your consultant and course administration team – should any challenges arise
ℹ️ Please note: All organisations accepted on to the programme would be required to pay an administrative deposit of £50. This is refundable at the end of the programme, providing they satisfy the attendance requirements and do not miss any submission deadlines.
Qualifying organisations will be invited to register as applications are received, on a first come first served basis until available spaces are filled.
ℹ️ Please note: that at least two senior members of your organisations need to attend all the course dates
#BootCamp: This will involve 2 days monthly, the first day (Friday) is composed of training and the second (Saturday) activities exclusively with fellows and consultants both from 10am to 2pm.
- 2nd December 2022 (10am-4pm)
- 13th & 14th January 2023
- 10th & 11th February 2023
- 10th & 11th March 2023
- 14th & 15th April 2023
- 12th & 13th May 2023
- 16th & 17th June 2023
- 14th & 15th July 2023
Previously these have covered topics such as:
- Choosing the Right Legal Structure & Creating Partnerships that Work
- An Introduction to Project Design & Product Development
- Creating a Robust Income Generation Strategy & Case for Support for Your Nonprofit
- Introduction to Grant Makers & Prospect Research
- The Art of Writing Successful Applications / Bid Writing
- Income Generation via Trading, Commissioning & Sales
- Income Generation from Voluntary Sources: Community Events, High Net Worth Sources
- Nonprofit Financial Management & Annual Reporting
Graduation & Dragons Den – 20th October 2023
AmickyCarol Akiwumi MBE
Carol is a social entrepreneur, consultant, trainer and inspirational speaker with a passion for Stewardship and tackling inequality; helping individuals and organisations to unlock their potential in those areas. Her expertise includes creating bespoke strategies, programmes and tools for capacity building and resource mobilisation, as well as developing high level partnerships with major donors, community groups and business leaders on four continents.
Carol has an MA in Economics and Finance from the University of Leeds having started out her career as an investment banker. In 2012, she set up RAA Solutions, an ethical, creative business development consultancy and training agency. Carol is the founding Chair of Black Fundraisers UK, as well as a Fellow, Trustee and Vice Chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CIoF). She is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals USA. She has been the Chair of the CIoF’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee since 2019.
Marie Josee Abbet
Programmes Support Officer
Marie Josee is a financial inclusion professional with the vision to reduce financial literacy and poverty in the world, especially in low-income countries. She is passionate about what she does and loves international development work. She worked in several multicultural organisations and recently participated in the implementation of a fintech in West Africa with the mission to make Africa, the first cashless continent and to design suitable financial services accessible to everyone, especially poor households, and women.
Marie Josee has an MSc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Leeds. She started her career working in a bank as a customer service officer and an assistant treasurer in a multinational.
An accomplished equality and diversity specialist with track record in delivering diversity and inclusion programmes and projects in all sectors for over 40 years. Hemant has substantial experience of successfully managing and distributing over £11million annually of European funding and over the past 5 years has worked closely with BAME sector to build their capacity succeed.
An experienced Fundraising Consultant with a history of working in the fundraising industry. Kemar is skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Social Enterprise, Business Planning, Partnerships, and Coaching. Developing the KN Walford Consultancy, Kemar aims to provide much needed support services in the increasingly competitive world of grant, trust and foundation funding. The aim to leave small, medium and large charitable organisations in the third sector in a better position.
Hugh has 20+ years charity sector experience. Hugh worked for 10 years as a grants manager for a local authority and spent 4 years as a policy and learning officer with the then Big Lottery Fund where he delivered training and supported dozens of organisations to strengthen their Reaching Communities bids. Hugh has worked on the AVOCADO+ and CBT Bridge programme capacity building programmes. Fundraising experience includes helping a local authority secure over £350K in funding and securing over £100K for Age UK (Westminster) Covid response funding. Hugh has significant grant assessor experience and works as an assessor on the Social Enterprise Support Fund in 2020.