London-based charity Pilotlight to start new capacity building programme for UK environmental organisations

Pilotlight, a London-based charity that amplifies the impact charities, business and individuals can bring to make a better world, is planning a new capacity building programme for environmental organisations, and is starting with a survey to find out their support needs.

Figures show the number of environmental organisations in the UK to be growing at around 3% per annum — with 6,204 voluntary organisations, according to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), and 1 in 5 social enterprises focusing on climate and environmental sustainability, according to Social Enterprise UK.

As the first step in the design of a new programme, Pilotlight is asking environmental charities and social enterprises to complete a survey to assess the overall needs for support in the sector.

Among the issues covered are:

o the: quality of governance and leadership;
o capacity of the team, including staff and volunteer skills;
o ability to plan, including handling data and reporting on impact; and
o diversity, equity and inclusion.

The survey launched on Earth Day on Saturday 22nd April 2023 and runs for six weeks, closing on Friday 2 June 2023.

The Environmental Funders Network and Garfield Weston Foundation are supporting the call for environmental organisations to complete the survey, while the work itself and any resulting report is funded by Pilotlight.

A spokesperson from Pilotlight commented:

““We are looking to create a capacity building programme to support environmental action, recruiting business employees to lend their time, expertise and passion to charities, so they can turn their ambitions into tangible action on climate and sustainability.”

Pilotlight’s survey is available to complete at this LINK.

Source: UK Fundraising