AVOCADO Pilot Project

Delivering operational excellence and funding success with BAME groups

September 2016 – August 2018

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What is AVOCADO?

AVOCADO was a unique and exciting opportunity for small charities and social enterprises to develop and achieve sustainable growth, funded by the Tudor Trust.

Developed by Carol Akiwumi and the IOF Black Fundraisers UK (BF-UK) team, this pilot programme was for Black Asian and Multi-Ethnic (BAME) led registered charities, CIOs or CICs, with an annual income of less than £50,000.00 and working with marginalised groups.

What did we offer?

High level capacity building and consultancy which enabled the chosen organisations to achieve sustainable growth and to successfully raise funds for their work. This was carried out by consultants who offered 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 expected groups to have increased their effectiveness, the impact on their beneficiaries and their fundraising success.

Why did we call it AVOCADO?

We named the programme AVOCADO primarily because despite being high in nutrition and flavour, the eponymous fruit 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 reflected the kind of organisations that were supported and the approach taken.


Carol Akiwumi – Project Director
John Mensah – Consultant
Doreen Osborne – Consultant
Amanda Paul – Consultant
Hugh Stultz – Consultant
Julian Thompson – Consultant
Kemar Walford – Consultant
Dawn Morris – Consultant

AVOCADO (2016-2018) and AVOCADO-Lite* (2017-2018) organisations:
Afruika Bantu Saturday School
Artistry Youth Dance
Birmingham community association
Goldenn Hope
Melville Almond Stratten Grey Foundation
Aleto Foundation
Rastafari Movement UK CIC
Sangayi Association
Sistah Outlets Community Cultural Stores CIC
The Hope Atrium
Mahola Health Foundation*
Sickle Cell and Young Stroke Survivors*
Surrey Minority Ethnic Foundation*