What is AVOCADO?
AVOCADO is a unique and exciting opportunity for ten groups to develop and achieve sustainable growth over the next two years. Developed by Black Fundraisers UK and funded by the Tudor Trust, this programme is for BAME-led registered charities, CIOs or CICs, with an annual income of less than £50,000.00. The groups would be either working with marginalised groups or based in Lambeth, Southwark or Birmingham.
What are we offering?
High level capacity building and consultancy which would enable the chosen organisations to achieve sustainable growth and to successfully raise funds for their work. This will be carried out by consultants who would offer a mix of mentoring, training and diagnostic work to identify strengths, development needs and fundraising (particularly bid writing) skills. By the end of the programme, we expect groups to have increased their effectiveness, their impact on beneficiaries and their fundraising success.
Why have we called it AVOCADO?
We have called it AVOCADO primarily because despite being high in nutrition and flavour, Avocados can be quite challenging to grow. Sometimes Avocado plants will begin growing fruit after they are 3 or 4 years old, others take 15+ years to grow fruit, and some never do. It helps to have several Avocado trees growing together to aid with pollination. This very much reflects the kind of groups that we are supporting and the approach we are taking.
The BF-UK AVOCADO Team:
- Carol Akiwumi - Project Director
- John Mensah - Consultant
- Doreen Osborne - Consultant
- Amanda Paul - Consultant
- Hugh Stultz - Consultant
- Julian Thompson - Consultant
- Kemar Walford - Consultant
Congratulations to the following organisations that were successful in getting on the 2016 AVOCADO programme:
- Afruika Bantu Saturday School
- Artistry Youth Dance
- Birmingham community association
- Goldenn Hope
- Melville Almond Stratten Grey Foundation
- Powerlist Foundation
- Rastafari Movement UK CIC
- SANGAYI ASSOCIATION
- Sistah Outlets Community Cultural Stores CIC
- The Hope Atrium