What is Charity Next?

Charity Next gives you, as a future leader, the opportunity to contribute your skills, experience and enthusiasm to key posts in the not-for-profit sector. Your placement will immerse you for six months in an engaging, high-level project in a charity, not-for-profit or social enterprise, where you will be challenged to learn in new environments, renew your sense of purpose, and make a real and lasting impact.

Charity Next is a cross-sector collaboration scheme established by The Prince's Charities Foundation in 2008, and run by The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG) since 2010. In November 2017, Charity Next celebrated its 10th anniversary at Clarence House, hosted by his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. WIG is an independent charity and membership organisation with a mission to improve collaboration and understanding between the private, public and not-for-profit spheres. 

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales celebrating Charity Next 10 year anniversary
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales celebrating Charity Next 10 year anniversary 


Since its inception, Charity Next has facilitated 469 secondments and benefited 182 not-for-profit organisations. Charity Next currently works with six of the Specialist Civil Service Fast Streams as well as the Generalist Fast Stream. These are Commercial, Digital Data and Technology, Finance, Project Delivery, Science & Engineering and Statistics. For more information relating to the way we work with any of these streams or details on different types of secondment roles, please contact the Charity Next team.

Are you a potential Charity Next host interested in finding out more about the scheme?

  • How does it work?

    The Charity Next team at WIG:

    • Seeks and partners with a wide range of UK based not-for-profit organisations, supporting a broad mix of causes with varying sizes and structures, aiming to be a truly representative sample of the breadth and diversity within the sector.
    • Supports organisations to put together viable six-month projects with tangible deliverables that meet their business needs, offering exposure to specific skills such as commercial, digital, project delivery, finance and communications.
    • Shortlists applications. This currently takes place twice a year corresponding with two cohorts of secondees in spring and autumn.
    • Matches host applications with secondees' individual development needs.
    • Facilitates an introductory meeting between the host and secondee. 
    • Supports hosts and secondees for the duration of their secondment, acting as a trusting sounding board and source of advice. 
    • Evaluates the quality of the secondment and measures its impact, on individuals and organisations. 
    • Charges a brokerage fee to hosts once they are matched to a successful placement. (Secondees remain officially employed by their home organisation throughout the duration of their secondment.)
  • What are the benefits?

    By going on a Charity Next secondment you will:  

    • Make a real difference and improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable groups in society, by delivering a key project that is a priority for a charity, social enterprise or wider not-for-profit organisation. 
    • Experience six months in a different organisation and working environment, alongside colleagues driven to make a social impact.
    • Be challenged to demonstrate real leadership and see the societal impact of your decisions.
    • Gain a greater understanding of how the not-for-profit sector operates and how it interacts with business and government.
    • Transfer knowledge from the not-for-profit sector into your organisation, to inform future policy and decision making.

    Charity Next Director Lydia Garrett shares the benefits of the scheme

  • Who's it for?

    Currently Charity Next is built on a partnership with the Civil Service Fast Stream programme - offering secondments as development opportunities to individuals participating on its different streams. At the moment Charity Next works with the Generalist, Project Delivery, Finance, Statistics, Digital, Data and Technology, Science and Engineering and Commercial streams. 

    The Charity Next host network is made up of around 300 organisations from across the not-for-profit sector  - including social enterprises, charities and wider not-for-profit organisations (such as housing associations and policy think tanks). Participating organisations include: WWF, NSPCC, Parkinsons UK, Catch22, Breast Cancer Now, Care International, Plan International and Small Charities Coalition. For a full list of hosts please download our Charity Next Partner List. 

    Charity Next is open to new partnerships. If you are affiliated or involved with managing a graduate scheme and would like to discuss incorporating a Charity Next secondment, please get in touch with the team. 

Hear from a secondee


Meet the Charity Next team: 

  • Maria Fernanda (Mafe) Leon Amaris

    Charity Next & Talent Executive

    Mafe works across the Talent Team where she helps with the delivery of the Charity Next programme, as well as the wider Talent offering. She supports the team with the completion of specific day-to-day responsibilities across our recruitment, mentoring, secondments, and Charity Next work. Prior to joining us, Mafe built her experience in the not-for-profit sector through placements in charities and NGO's such as the Planeta Rural Foundation in Colombia. Additionally, she recently graduated from King's College London with a BA degree in International Relations. Outside of WIG, you will find Mafe devoting her time to her 3 favourite activities: playing sports, creating art and spending quality time with her family & friends.


Get in touch

If you would like to find out more, speak to Charity Next team. Call us on 020 7222 1166 or email using the link below

My Charity Next experience enabled me to take up non-executive roles in the voluntary sector and advisor roles in central government. I have gone on to start my own business which depended on the network that Charity Next helped me to develop. Rachael Wallach