The Bulldog Trust Two Temple Place

The Engaging Experience philanthropy network has helped over 800 charities around London find new trustees and access a range of pro bono advice in business, HR, marketing, communications, IT, finance and law.

The Engaging Experience philanthropy network was launched in December 2009 by Dame Stephanie Shirley, the British Government’s Ambassador for Philanthropy. The network was set up as a way to inspire and connect interested professionals with opportunities to apply their skills to charitable benefit. Network members come from varied professions including finance, law, HR, management consultancy, media and the public sector as well as representatives from intermediary charities.

Engaging Experience events are held every few months at Two Temple Place, The Bulldog Trust headquarters.  Events offer individuals who are interested in using their knowledge and expertise to benefit the charitable/not- for-profit sector, the opportunity to meet, be inspired and connect with exciting charities and social enterprises.

  • 325 charities provided with strategic support
  • 180 charities provided with trustees and governance support 
  • 153 charities provided with branding, marketing and social media training or support 
  • 106 charities provided with media and communications expertise 
  • 51 charities connected with digital and IT advice 


“The Bulldog Trusts’ EEPN worked fantastically for me.  At our initial meeting my twin interests in the arts and young people were soon identified and I was quickly matched with The Big House Theatre Company, a new and wonderful charity… This has been a perfect and rewarding match, I can’t recommend it too highly.” Tim Wright.

Events consist of a series of short presentations from charities and talks from high profile, varied speakers. The Trust keeps in regular email contact with members and utilises its extensive contacts within charitable and social enterprise organisations to assist in matching members to suitable projects or causes e.g. trusteeships, strategy projects, marketing advice etc.

If you are interested in attending one of the events, or if you are a charity looking for some professional support or assistance, please contact us at:

Please click here for our information pack containing details of intermediary organisations which offer more specific ways to get involved. For a concise, introductory guide on being a trustee, please download our Trustee Introduction Guide.

Please refer to our Events page for more details of  both upcoming and previous events and our News page for press related matters.

Download Engaging Experience philanthropy network pdf summary


The Big House Theatre Company builds the core skills of young adults leaving the care system using the intensive, structured and supportive environment of theatre production, with award-winning results.  Since the first critically acclaimed production in summer of 2013, funded by GBT/BT, Big House has run three further programmes and won support from major donors including the Arts Council England.  Tim Wright, who worked at the London Stock Exchange Group for 18 years was introduced to Big House by the philanthropy network to help with strategy and became a trustee in 2013.

Photograph courtesy of The Big House Theatre Company