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Insights

Our team shares valuable insights, tips and resources to help keep you informed of the latest trends across the charity and recruitment sectors.

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Recruitment
Charity team recruitment: how we help...

We don't just recruit trustees, CEOs and directors. We can help with fundraisers, marketeers, HR professionals and more.

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Case Study: Veterans Outreach Support

“Working with Charisma on our recent trustee recruitment campaign has been an extremely rewarding and professionally satisfying experience"

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Charisma supports networking event in Sheffield

We're looking forward to sponsoring an event next month in Sheffield, as part of our commitment to the region and sector. Find out about this special event and grab your FREE place by reading more...

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Six ways employers can attract engage and retain top Gen Z talent

We explore ways that you can attract candidates from Gen Z and make your charity an exciting and attractive proposition. 

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2023 year round up

We celebrated a successful 2023 with a rebrand, new team members, and successful placements across the non-profit sector. We look forward to continued growth and supporting clients and candidates in 2024 with new systems in place to help us achieve even more, with the same levels of profressionalism and engagement that we've always had. 

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Trustees Week 2023

This week marks Trustee Week, and the Charisma team is pleased to totally recommend the Festival of Trusteeship which runs all this week from our friends at Getting On Board. The event is packed full of insightful and thought-provoking online sessions, check out the programme via this link.

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Faith
Case Study: Alive Church

Alive Church is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church whose vision is to provide opportunities for people to come to know and passionately follow Jesus. Acts Trust was founded by Alive Church in 2006. Acts Trust’s vision to see every neighbourhood within the city of Lincoln thriving as people are empowered and better connected to those around them.

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Interim
Faith
Case Study: London City Mission

We've enjoyed working with London City Mission on multiple roles in the last 18 months. These placements include the Head of Major Gifts, Evangelism Content Manager, Content Manager, Interim Church Engagement Manager, Community Engagement Manager, HR Advisor, Financial Accountant, Systems & Process Transformation Manager, Interim Head of Fundraising and Head of Marketing.

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Heritage
Case Study: Imperial War Museums

In late 2019, IWM, renowned for its captivating exhibitions and enduring commitment to preserving the memory of conflict, stood at the precipice of a new era. Having successfully concluded a momentous capital appeal for Phase Two of its Regeneration programme, the museum was poised to embark on an ambitious vision for the next decade.

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Faith
Recruitment
Overcoming recruitment challenges in faith-based organisations

When the job market is experiencing a skills shortage across multiple sectors, acquiring talent for Christian charities, adds another dimension to the challenge. Faith-based organisations have this additional layer of difficulty as they desire a unique individual.

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Health and social care
Case Study: Macmillan Caring Locally

Macmillan Caring Locally is a small charity based in Christchurch Dorset. Their primary aim is to provide funding for the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital, which is a Hospice, a specialist palliative care ward and a centre of excellence. 

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Fundraising
Case Study: Headway Southampton

Headway Southampton stands as an orgnaisation of hope and support for individuals affected by acquired brain injuries. With an unwavering commitment to improving lives and promoting independence, Headway Southampton has touched the lives of countless individuals and their families.

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Recruitment
Interview tips and techniques for the charity and non-profit sector

You have applied for your dream job and have been invited for an interview. This can be a nerve-wracking process, but preparation can go a long way to allay some of your worries.

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Fundraising
Case Study: Wildheart Trust

In the heart of the conservation movement, The Wildheart Trust (WHT) stands as a beacon of hope, tirelessly working to rescue animals from harm, combat exploitation and abuse, and make a profound impact on the biodiversity of the natural world. With an unwavering commitment to protecting vulnerable creatures and preserving the delicate balance of ecosystems, WHT sought the expertise of Charisma Charity Recruitment, a recruitment consultancy renowned for its dedication to finding exceptional individuals who embody the values and aspirations of its clients.

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Charity talent acquisition - interview experience

Our Principal Consultant, Katherine, used the term 'experiential interview' in a meeting the other day, and it got us thinking!​

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Recruitment
Top 5 ideas for recruiting in a tight market

When job markets are challenging, we must think differently about recruitment as trying the same methods will only yield the same results. It’s still a candidate-driven market and we can’t avoid the news feeds on talent shortages and numerous open vacancies.

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My work experience at Charisma

We were delighted to welcome Kayleigh from Kings' School in Winchester to spend a week of work experience with us. Kayleigh was a real asset to the team in the short time she was with us, bringing fantastic creativity to some of the projects we are currently working on.

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Recruitment
Securing your first CEO role

To lead an organisation that is committed to changing lives and serving others is clearly a position of great responsibility. Part of what we do at Charisma is a discernment process that looks far beyond a CV and considers individuals who may not have had previous experience as a CEO.

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How to develop an effective onboarding process

When an organisation decides to hire, issuing a job description and contract, in addition to an interview process, is simply not enough insight into the day-to-day role and exactly what will happen once your hire joins the team.

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Board and trustee recruitment
Case Study: Hestercombe Garden Trust

Hestercombe Garden Trust were in need of a new Chair of Trustees and were recommended to Charisma by the Chair of Cogges in Witney, for whom we had successfully recruited a number of Trustees. Following an initial virtual meeting with the CEO of Hestercome and the Charisma consultant, a full proposal was put together that fully met the brief of the organisation.

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A new brand for Charisma

This week marks the first year anniversary of Adam Stacey at the helm of the business, although he had worked at Charisma for 3 years prior to taking full ownership. We felt this was the perfect time to think about what Charisma does and where we are headed, so it was time for a rebrand.

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A new chapter for Charisma

We’re delighted to announce that Executive Director Adam Stacey, who has been on the management team at Charisma for almost three years, has acquired the company and will continue to lead the business with the same values-driven approach that the team have delivered since 2002.

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Interim
Case Study: St Mary le Strand

St Mary le Strand has been at the centre of parish worship and London life since the early 18th century and is a widely recognised landmark building. In recent decades, the church has been trapped on a traffic island with its splendour hidden to passers-by. With the advent of the Strand Aldwych pedestrianisation scheme, the area is set to become a global creative and cultural quarter with the church wishing to be part of the regeneration.

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April 2023, stress awareness month

In many organisations, hybrid working patterns have become the norm and therefore with the reduced contact time, leaders need to rethink how they stay engaged and remain aware of their employee’s well-being.

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Recruitment
Six questions you should ask a potential recruitment partner

Often when an organisation turns to a recruiter, they have already tried to recruit internally but the process has failed to deliver the right candidate. The recruitment process can be time-consuming and stressful.

Case Study: Archdiocese of Birmingham

Archdiocese of Birmingham covers a huge geographical area, nurturing the spiritual lives of its parishioners and extending a compassionate hand to those in need. With unwavering commitment to the safety and well-being of children and vulnerable adults, the Archdiocese sought the expertise of Charisma Charity Recruitment, a recruitment consultancy renowned for its unwavering dedication to finding exceptional individuals who embody the values and aspirations of its clients.

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How to write a great cover letter

Whilst a CV contains all your headline facts and initially opens the door, for a potential employer, your cover letter or supporting statement is an opportunity to create a document that is well structured, and persuasive and clearly evidences your suitability for that specific position.

Case Study - Spurgeons

Following the successful placement of several senior appointments, both interim and permanent at Head of and Director level, including an Interim Director of Finance and an Interim Financial Accountant, we were delighted to work with Spurgeons once again.

Charisma was retained by Spurgeons Children’s Charity to secure a new, permanent Director of Fundraising. Spurgeons, who have been supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families for 150 years, believe that every child deserves the opportunity to live a hope-filled life; and that no child should face abuse, neglect, or uncertainty.

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Health and social care
Case Study: Emmaus Colchester

At Charisma, we’re passionate about helping charities find the right people to lead and grow their organisations. That’s why we were thrilled to work with Emmaus Colchester in late 2022 to help them find their next Chief Executive.

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Recruitment
Unlock your charity's hiring potential with a recruitment specialist
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Empowering our candidates in the face of imposter syndrome

Developing an intuitive recruitment process for our candidates is for us about building a relationship with opportunities for them to voice concerns or misgivings about roles.

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Faith
Case Study: Viva - Together For Children

In the expansive realm of humanitarian endeavours, Viva - Together For Children stands as a beacon of hope, empowering networks of churches and organisations across 42 cities in 27 countries. When the time came to seek a visionary leader to guide this remarkable organisation into the future, Viva turned to Charisma, a recruitment firm renowned for its expertise in identifying exceptional leaders who embody the values and aspirations of their clients.

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Creating a standout CV for charity and not-for-profit roles

Writing a CV is something we have all done or will need to do during our careers. Whilst there is plenty of generic content online giving tips and guidance, the sector you are seeking to enter is also a factor in how you compose this important document.

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Board and trustee recruitment
Case study: Black Cultural Archives

Black Cultural Archives (BCA) is the only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving, and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in the UK. Through its learning resources, collections, and research, including online and gallery exhibitions, educational programmes, public engagement events and its extensive and unique set of archives, museum objects and reference library, it inspires and give strength to individuals, communities, and society. The Board approached Charisma as a recommended specialist, to conduct an accessible, transparent, and robust search campaign with plans to secure up to 4 new Trustees. Specialist skills were sought in HR, marketing, legal and finance.

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The power of goals: achieving our best potential

I came across this quote from Tony Robbins and shared it on my LinkedIn profile recently:

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible”

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Executive Search
Case study - Dogs for Good

Following the appointment of an Interim Public Fundraising Manager at the end of 2021, the Chief Executive of Dogs for Good contacted Charisma to manage the search and selection of a new Director. It was an exciting opportunity for the organisation and enabled them to create a post to lead the Fundraising, Communications and Marketing function, more weighted to Income Generation that ever before, including commercial/trading opportunities. During the search process 59 candidates were engaged, via headhunting and direct applications.

Following two successful appointments, and with the planned retirement of the current Chief Executive, the charity appointed Charisma once again to manage a robust recruitment campaign for a new Chief Executive.

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Diversity of thought leads to improved recruitment

Ensuring your recruitment process is inclusive whilst still attracting talent that meets your organisation’s needs can be tricky. The job of the recruiter, HR manager or talent acquisition specialist to evidence fair processing seems increasingly challenging.

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Health and social care
Case Study: Solent Mind

At Charisma Charity Recruitment, one of our core values is to always put people first. That's why we were delighted to work with Solent Mind, a charity that shares this same ethos and works to improve the lives of those affected by mental health issues in the Solent area.

Recruitment
Board and trustee recruitment
Recognising the potential in trustee recruitment

Charities and causes are set up for meaningful work that changes lives and achieves clear goals. The individuals that steer these organisations, therefore, are an integral part of this success.

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Recruitment
How do you get the right people for your charity?

Charities and not-for-profit organisations are centred around improving the lives of people or animals, therefore no matter the cause, the people who drive it forward are the critical factor in its success.

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Heritage
Case Study: New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

At Charisma Charity Recruitment, we pride ourselves on finding the right people for the right roles. That's why we were thrilled when New Theatre Royal Portsmouth approached us in Spring 2022 to help them find a new Chair of Trustees.

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Board and trustee recruitment
Case Study: Solent Mind and Mayfield Nurseries

At Charisma Charity Recruitment, we are committed to finding the right people for the right roles. We believe that a strong partnership between a charity and its trustees is essential for success in achieving its mission. That's why we were thrilled to be appointed by Solent Mind and Mayfield Nurseries to search for new trustees.

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Health and social care
Case Study: Minstead Trust

Minstead Trust works on empowering individuals with learning disabilities to lead fulfilling and independent lives. With an unwavering commitment to providing innovative and impactful services, Minstead Trust sought the expertise of Charisma, a recruitment firm renowned for its ability to identify and place exceptional individuals who embody the values and aspirations of its clients.

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We're 20 years old!

Charisma is celebrating a special birthday this year, we have reached the milestone of 20 years partnering with not-for-profit organisations to find charity leaders and their teams. Not only that, but we have been supporting individuals find great roles whose career choice is to work in the charity sector.

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Heritage
Case Study: Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) is the independent charity that looks after treasured landmarks like the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, and Kensington Palace. With an unwavering commitment to safeguarding these iconic sites and sharing their captivating stories with the world, HRP sought the expertise of Charisma, a recruitment firm renowned for its ability to identify and place exceptional individuals who embody the values and aspirations of its clients.

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A reflection: 2021 and beyond

The rollercoaster that has been 2021 has brought both multiple challenges and significant opportunities to the charities that Charisma supports.  From the uncertainties of the early months of the year, we have witnessed great optimism, energy and innovation amongst charity leaders and their senior managers to maximise their capacity to develop their services.

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Board and trustee recruitment
Trustees' Week 2021

As Trustees' Week 2021 draws to a close I wanted to share some of my reflections and experiences of working with multiple organisations seeking suitable trustees. It's been a fantastic week with so much engaging content made available that has really shone the spotlight on how rewarding a trustee role can be.

Case Study
Case Study - Hearing Dogs For Deaf People

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, a beacon of hope for those living with hearing loss, found themselves at a crossroads. Their long-term Director of Finance and Technology was poised for retirement, leaving behind a void that needed to be filled with the utmost care and precision. Seeking a partner to navigate this crucial transition, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People turned to Charisma, a recruitment firm renowned for its expertise and unwavering dedication to finding the perfect fit.

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Charity CEO celebratory networking event

We were thrilled to welcome charity CEOs to our celebratory networking event held in partnership with Sarasin & Partners last week. How lovely to meet with people in a face-to-face environment for the first time in over 19 months and, for many, the first trip back in to central London since last year.

Case Study
Interim
Case Study: RedR

​It's no secret that finding the right candidate for a role is a challenge, especially when it comes to senior and specialist positions. That's why we were thrilled when RedR UK chose us to help them secure four vital roles, including a Head of Fundraising and Communications on a maternity cover contract, Corporate Fundraising Manager, Fundraising Officer, and Development Manager.

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9-months in charity recruitment

We were so pleased to welcome Katherine to the team in September 2020​, having joined us from working in senior development roles in the third sector.  Katherine shares more about her first few months here at Charisma.

Case Study
Board and trustee recruitment
Case Study - Enham Trust

As a leading charity recruitment consultancy, Charisma is proud to have successfully placed a Chair of Trustees and a general trustee with a clinical background for Enham Trust. This is an organisation that has supported disabled people for over 100 years and continues to make a difference in the lives of over 6,000 individuals each year.

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Heritage
Case Study: Dorset County Museum

Following an in-depth briefing from the Chair and Executive Director of Dorset Museum, Charisma was instructed to search for five new Trustees bringing specialist experience in finance, income generation, volunteering & safeguarding, and education to add value to the existing Board. It was also deemed helpful to find a Trustee who was well respected in the local community and who could engage with major donors and supporters of the work of the Museum. The excitement was rising for the new Museum to be launched in May 2021, and The Chair hoped that these new Trustees would be part of the launch to the general public.

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Sarah Clements tells us about her first 12 months

At the end of 2019 Winchester Cathedral asked for our support on finding a new Head of Human Resources to join the organisation, a search that Adam Stacey took the lead on at Charisma. He recently caught up with Sarah who took on the role.

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Fundraising
Case Study - Live Music Now

In the heart of the vibrant arts scene, Live Music Now, a charity dedicated to enriching the lives of people through the power of music, found itself seeking exceptional executive leaders to guide its mission forward. Recognising the need for expertise and personalised support, Live Music Now turned to Charisma, a recruitment firm known for its discerning eye and unwavering commitment to finding the perfect fit.

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Executive Search
A Successful CEO Appointment - The Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) is one of the world’s oldest photographic societies. With a new HQ in Bristol, and a new Royal Patron, The Duchess of Cambridge, the RPS have laid the foundation for widening the opportunity for educational engagement with the public and reinforcing their place in the world of photography.