Simplified access to free support for small charities

A new initiative to make it easier for small charities to access free professional support has been launched during Small Charity Week by 19 organisations, all members of the UK Pro Bono Association.  LandAid are proud to be one of these charities.

Seven out of ten small and medium-sized charities say that they are actively looking for pro bono professional skills to support what they do – but only four out of ten find it. The new initiative will close this gap, with the charities (including LandAid) offering pro bono and free support and services running a mutual signposting and referral service online between themselves to ensure that charities find their way to the most appropriate help that they need.

LandAid, alongside other the members of the UK Pro Bono Association, founded by Cranfield Trust, Pilotlight and Reach Volunteering, are making a pledge that: “when charities or social enterprises come to any of us needing pro bono support that we are not able to give or that others could give better, we take steps to guide them to the support that they need.” 

Research by Pilotlight suggests that together, pro bono providers have engaged professionals to support 8,300 charities and social enterprises over the last year. For many, a shift prompted by the pandemic has been from in-person volunteering to the opportunities of virtual volunteering.

There is a wide array of support open to small charities, if they can find their way to it. This new initiative should help, because if charities are in touch with any one provider, they have a supported pathway to others. It will be like having a guide by your side, wherever you are in the forest.
Ed Mayo, CEO of Pilotlight
This initiative will provide a much clearer and more accessible pathway for small charities who want and need vital support but don’t currently know what is available and how to find it. Members of the UK Pro Bono Association bring together thousands of volunteers to share their skills and knowledge free of charge, working alongside charity leaders. This initiative will help them find the right support.
Amanda Tincknell CBE, Cranfield Trust CEO

LandAid are delighted to be members of the UK PBA and to have this new resource that we hope will enable us and our generous corporate partners to support even more deserving charities with their property-based needs.

Alongside LandAid, the other founder members of the Pro Bono Association signed up to this are: 

•           Charity Excellence Framework

•           Charterpath

•           Cranfield Trust

•           DataKind UK

•           Digital Candle

•           Ella Forums

•           Ethical Angel

•           ICAEW

•           Inspiring Scotland

•           LawWorks

•           MarketingKind

•           Media Trust

•           Pilotlight

•           Pro Bono Economics

•           Reach Volunteering

•           Scottish Tech Army

•           The OR Society

•           Whitehall Industry Group

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