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Supporting a Start-up

Equidem is a charity that protects, promotes and advances the human rights, including labour rights, of vulnerable people, including communities of migrant workers both locally and globally.

Global Recourse assisted us from our inception through to Charity Commission application submission and onwards into organisational structure.

We partnered with Annekatrin Madlung of Global Recourse who joined us as Strategic Operations Consultant. She worked closely with the Chair of the Board and the CEO from the very outset, and eventually led on linking the strategic vision to building the infrastructure of the new charity, including governance and operations to deliver an executable strategy.

Advice and support we sought from Annekatrin included:

  • Collaborating on the development of the short- and medium-term Business Plan, including financial forecast and risk assessment.
  • Developing key policies and processes that would support the application process and later the transition process from Equidem Research and Consulting to Equidem Charitable Organisation. Policies she developed included our Fundraising Policy, Reporting Policy, Recruitment Policy and Processes, Conflict of Interest Policy, Diversity, Equity, Equality and Inclusion). Annekatrin ensured compliance, duty of care and a human-centred design for all of these.
  • Drawing up a budget for core funding to support the young charity once set up.
  • Proposing and recommending people who would complete the expertise and skills on the Board of Trustees, building the Board governance structure and supporting initial meetings.
  • Assessing the capabilities required to run an organisation and to enable growth, resilience and health, ensuring compliance, duty of care and a human-centred design, and the delivery of value to beneficiaries. This included:
    • Identifying and defining required capabilities.
    • Prioritising capability and capacity requirements against value and effort matrix.
    • Identifying consultants and managed service providers to design and implement the prioritised capabilities and building operations and the actual organisational structure to run the charity.
The organisation, structure and discipline provided by Annekatrin was superb. Annekatrin really gave us the initial boost that we needed to get things off the ground and into the direction that we wanted to take the organisation.

Annekatrin brought energy, wise counsel, and a great wealth of experience in setting up organisational structures (especially the required infrastructure needed to ensure a sound basis for the future of our organisation). She introduced us to excellent contacts in specialist areas that we needed for additional support. Furthermore, she was easy to work with and got our vision which helped enormously.

We received our charity commission approval! Thank you again, Annekatrin, for your big part in making it happen and all the hard work you put in.

We thoroughly recommend Annekatrin and her organisation Global Recourse as a partner in an organisation’s development.

Paul Watson

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