The Alliance Mentoring Scheme matches member organisations with expert mentors who will work with them in a tailored, constructive and supportive way. Mentoring is a flexible process that includes feedback, planning and regular communication. Each relationship is custom-built to address the organisation’s specific needs, and work together towards developing a plan to address them, at a pace that suits the organisation.

Why Mentoring?

A mentor brings fresh eyes and a constructive approach to help an organisation become stronger and more effective. Mentoring can help organisations to:

  • Take a systematic look at what they are doing now
  • Reflect on organisational issues and question existing practices
  • Identify areas where they are doing well or not
  • Decide which changes are required
  • Plan and allocate resources over a realistic time period to implement these changes

Mentoring Services

Mentoring is available in a variety of  thematic areas including: Fundraising, Project Management and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. This support will be provided by our experienced mentors who have expertise in organisational development. This is available for all members. We offer up to 30 hours free mentoring, training and skills share sessions to Alliance members. This support will be tailored to the needs of the organisation and is available throughout the grant cycle.

Rates and Conditions

The mentorship rate is £30 per hour. The Alliance subsidises this rate according to the size of members, as shown in the table below.

Member Income Member Contribution  The Alliance Contribution
 £0-250,000  free  £30
 £250,000-500,000  £15  £15
 £500,000+  £30 £0

Keys to Success

  • Realistic and clearly agreed objectives for the mentoring relation
  • Commitment on the part of the organisation at large (staff, board, volunteers)
  • Clear agreement on the time that the organisation is willing to devote to the mentoring relation
  • Being open to give and receive honest feedback – and to be challenged
  • Mutual respect and punctuality

Meet Our Mentors

Information on each Alliance mentor is available on this page.


For further information on our Mentoring Programme, please contact Philippa Ramsden.


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