An Executive Programme for Leaders from Black, Asian, Multi-Ethnic & Refugee (BAMER) Nonprofits

10 Weeks

2h Weekly



While this years May to September programme has now begun, applications are still open for our next cohort. Apply here.

AVOCADO+ is an accelerator programme for Black, Asian, Multi-Ethnic & Refugee (BAMER) led charities, social enterprises and community groups. It is an intensive an innovative programme, designed to improve the Operational Efficiency and Funding Sustainability of charitable organisations that work with the most underrepresented communities in the UK. We know that they face numerous unique challenges; often taking many years to gain momentum and build capacity, despite the great needs they are meeting.

The 6 CAF areas are Purpose, Awareness, Effective Leadership, Well Networked, Financially & Operationally Fit and ImpactAVOCADO+ Lite is a 10 week Executive Programme supports six areas: financially 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 small charity or social enterprise (receiving less than £250,000 annual income) with majority (50%+) Black, Asian, Multi-Ethnic or Refugee led, looking to grow and become funding ready, we can help you!

The Perks

Our programme is the only one its kind in the United Kingdom. Qualifying Fellows receive:

  • Intensive capacity building support and one to one sessions with experienced consultants, enabling them to achieve sustainable growth and successfully raise funds for their work.
  • High quality training on planning, financial management, strategy development and income generation methods.
  • Fast track access to all BAMER HUB grant opportunities and Money4OU’s annual Dragons’ Den event.
  • A Diagnostic Review of their organisation and a bespoke development plan.
  • Regular networking opportunities with key grant-makers.
  • Lifetime membership of the AVOCADO+ Alumni community.
  • Opportunity to have an Intern placed to solve a pressing tech problem in your organisation.
    and more.

Upon completion of the programme, successful organisations would have increased their effectiveness, their impact on beneficiaries and their fundraising success.

Programme Details

The programme will provide the flexibility for you to engage in group coaching and learning, whilst offering structure and accountability to propel you forward and grow your networks for impact. The online sessions will run weekly for 2 hours via Zoom, preceded by an induction session to onboard everyone into the programme in the week prior to the programme starting,

Applications will be assessed and places offered on an ongoing basis until places are filled. There are a limited number of places so apply here now for the best chances of joining the programme.

Sample Programme Sessions and Headlines

  • Week 1: Induction Day and First Diagnostic Resilience Review
  • Week 2: Nonprofit Governance and Legal Structures
  • Week 3: An Introduction to Project Design & Product Development
  • Week 4: Fundraising Strategy and Case for Support
  • Week 5: Prospect Research
  • Week 6: Application & Bid Writing
  • Week 7: Community, Events & Volunteers
  • Week 8: Corporates & Major Donors
  • Week 9: Income Generation via Commissioning
  • Week 10:Accounting and Financial Literacy
  • Deadline for Final Diagnostic Resilience Check and Feedback Submission
  • Dragons’ Den: Graduation and Awards Ceremony
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.

Your Faculty

AmickyCarol Akiwumi MBE

Money4YOU CEO/Founder

Gillian Benneh

Money4YOU Programmes Manager

Hemant Misty


Hugh Stultz


Kemar Walford


Veronica Martin


FAQ and Answers

What is the difference between AVOCADO+ and AVOCADO+ Lite?

AVOCADO+ is a longer programme which runs annually from October to July. Now in its sixth year, qualifying groups receive intensive training and capacity building support over two days each month. In addition to the benefits of the AVOCADO+ Lite programme listed above, they are also supported by individual consultants attached to their organisations for the duration of the programme.

How much does AVOCADO+ Lite cost?

Nothing. Although the value is £1,000 per organisation, the programme is part of our own impact work leveraging funding from the City Bridge Trust and other partners. However, we ask organisations that have been accepted on to the programme to pay an administrative deposit of £50. This is refundable at the end of the programme, providing organisations satisfy the attendance requirements.

What does the application process look like?

The application process is simple. If this feels right for you and your organisation, apply for a place on the programme here. You can also schedule a call to speak to our Programme Team via training@money4you.org if you want to discuss your suitability for the programme.

Is the AVOCADO+ Lite Executive Programme online?

Yes. There is power in connecting and building with others from different geographical perspectives. Taking part in the programme online allows you to share ideas and collaborate with a national community of people.

Ready to take your organisation to the next level?

Yes! Apply Now

Have questions? Ask us here

The dates do not work but I would love to join a future session: Register your interest here for AVOCADO+ (from October - July)