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2027 Programme

The Problem

The Programme

2027 is a new, paid training programme that prepares brilliant professionals from working-class backgrounds for decision making roles in the grant-giving sector.

The grant-giving sector has a diversity problem. By 2027 we want to fix this.

In 2018, Koreo partnered with Ten Years’ Time, Ruth Ibegbuna and Baljeet Sandhu to launch a new programme called 2027. It is a 12-month salaried programme takes brilliant frontline workers from working-class communities and prepares them for decision-making roles in grant-making organisations. 2027 is the result of a collaboration between five of the UK’s leading social change organisations and leaders: Charityworks, Koreo, Ten Years’ Time, Ruth Ibegbuna, and Baljeet Sandhu.

We think more community power at the top of foundations and trusts can help these organisations make better decisions, while better representing the communities they serve. We also believe that by bringing foundations and working-class communities closer together, we can begin building a new funding model for a fairer society.

Join this groundbreaking initiative for its second year!

The Offer

Up to £22,000 salaried job where you’ll gain direct experience in a grant-giving role with a leading host foundation or trust.

Professional Development
You’ll undergo an extensive professional development programme led by industry experts. The programme will comprise group and self-directed learning, coaching, mentoring and a supported individual research. The programme will be facilitated by experts across the sector and run by specialist organisations in people development and social change

You’ll develop relationships with like-minded peers and key leaders in foundations and trusts, building your profile and knowledge of the sector.

Career Progression
At the end of the 12-month programme you will have the experience and skills you need to prepare for a decision-making position in a foundation or trust to influence real change in communities

In a grant-giving role, you will manage part of a host organisation’s grant portfolio and work to find fantastic new partners for your host organisation to work with. You’ll keep the trustee board updated on the foundation portfolio, make clear and confident funding recommendations, and analyse foundation performance to identify improvements. You will work with your foundation’s funder, to inspire their employees about the foundation’s work. You will also be responsible for ensuring the foundation meets all relevant legislative and compliance requirements. You will represent the foundation externally and apply learning from outside to your work at the foundation.

You will join one of our host organisations located in either London, Birmingham or Manchester depending on your preference.

For more information on hosting an applicant or applying to the scheme check out 2027.org.uk

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