Empowering Charities on International Day of Charity: The Transformative Impact of Free Coaching

Paul Emslie
Paul Emslie
Sep 05, 2023

🤝🌟 International Day of Charity - 5th September 🌟🤝

Today is International Day of Charity. It’s not about the charity sector per se but rather about the themes of volunteering and philanthropy. The 5th of September was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the passing of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who devoted her life to helping others.

The wonderful world of executive and leadership coaching is also about helping others. Helping others to grow into the leaders they want to be, building their confidence, autonomy, and many other new skills along the way. Coaching as a form of personal development support often comes with a hefty price tag and is therefore left inaccessible for many who would really benefit from this valuable experience. Luckily there is a growing movement making a significant difference behind the scenes.

Picture a world in which every charity, regardless of size or budget, could harness the power of coaching to nurture its teams into exceptional leaders. This vision is swiftly becoming a reality, thanks to platforms such as "The Growing Coaches," which links experienced executives working towards their coaching accreditation with charity leaders committed to making a positive impact. There are over 300 coaches on The Growing Coaches platform, all coming from top-tier coach training providers like Henley Business School, and all eager to provide their support.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Growing Coaches platform to offer free coaching to ACEVO members. Our members are chief executives and senior leaders in civil society and coaching provides them with much needed space and the chance to step away from the day to day."

Charities at the Heart of Transformation

At "The Growing Coaches," we take pride in collaborating with outstanding organisations to provide low-cost and no-cost access to quality coaching experiences. No-cost access is provided to charity partners, including ACEVO, RSPCA, MS Society, Born Free Foundation, The Brooke and Bookmark Reading Charity. They receive complimentary access to our coaching platform where each person is matched with a coach and benefits from 6 x 90-minute coaching sessions completely free of charge, equipping them with the tools they need to excel in their missions.

🚀 Unleashing Leadership Potential

The teams within these charitable organisations devote their lives to creating a better world, yet they face distinctive challenges that demand tailored support. Through free coaching, they gain access to a treasure trove of knowledge and experience that assists them in unlocking their full leadership potential.

Coaching provides them with a secure space to explore their leadership styles, refine their communication skills, and enhance their strategic thinking. This empowerment resonates throughout their organisations, fostering a culture of growth and innovation.

After matching and working with a coach, one charity CEO described the impact, “I feel more confident and competent in my role” and “having a supported space to reflect away from the day-to-day challenges of being a CEO, and someone to hold me to account, was invaluable.”

Another charity CEO had a very clear message, saying “I would recommend every CEO give it a try!”

We are able to provide this free access due to the strong partnerships we have built with our corporate clients. Our corporate partners pay a fee to access the platform which enables their people to match and connect with a coach for 6 x 90-minute coaching sessions. Partners such as HPE, SAS, Screwfix, Social Work England, DAZN, Poundland, Demica, OpenText, Kingfisher, and QS have seen their colleagues benefit greatly from their coaching experiences.

Successful, multi-year partnerships

💪 Together, We Can

Consider the impact of diverting saved funds towards feeding the hungry, safeguarding wildlife, supporting children's education, or advancing medical research. Every penny that is not spent on coaching is a penny invested in changing lives.

"The Growing Coaches" is committed to extending the reach of this world-changing initiative to more charitable organisations. Together, we can amplify the voices of those dedicated to making the world brighter.

Join us in celebrating the true essence of charity, and let us continue to change lives, one coaching session at a time.