What is Charity Next?

Charity Next, established by The Prince's Charities over 10 years ago, is an initiative to improve understanding between the sectors through secondments. The scheme, managed by The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG) since 2010, gives organisations in the not-for-profit sector the opportunity to benefit from hosting and nurturing emerging talent through short-term, project-based secondments. Secondees have the opportunity to contribute their skills and enthusiasm to these key posts, and to experience life in another sector, in turn facilitating an exchange of expertise, building greater mutual understanding and encouraging closer working. Since its inception, Charity Next has facilitated over 550 secondments and benefited over 200 not-for-profit organisations.

Aleema Shivji, CEO of Humanity and Inclusion shares her experience of being a Charity Next host:


Are you a Civil Service fast streamer or potential secondee interested in finding out more about the scheme?

  • How does the Charity Next scheme 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.)
  • Benefits of hosting
    • Benefit from the skills and ability of a talented future leader.
    • Hear from a valuable external view point that will undoubtedly bring a fresh and useful perspective into your organisation. 
    • Add a substantial and practical contribution to your organisation’s strategic and operational goals.
    • To date:
      • Over 90% of participating organisations have said that a key project or service could not have been delivered without a Charity Next resource, leaving a lasting impact on host organisations and their beneficiaries
      • 100% of hosts would apply again to the scheme.


    Learn more about the benefits of the scheme from Charity Next Director Lydia Garrett

  • Generalist v Specialist

    The Charity Next Scheme currently works with a number of Civil Service Fast Streams such as: 

    Please click the above links for some further reading on the streams, or email the Charity Next team for more information.


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

For our first experience of a Charity Next secondee we weren't sure what to expect, but we couldn't have been happier. He adapted quickly to our workplace and produced high quality work which has been really well received by our Senior Leadership Team and Board. Jo Royden-Turner, Beanstalk