Carol Akiwumi


Carol is a social entrepreneur, consultant, trainer and inspirational speaker with a passion for Stewardship and tackling inequality; helping individuals and organisations to unlock their potential in those areas. Her expertise includes creating bespoke strategies, programmes and tools for capacity building and resource mobilisation, as well as developing high level partnerships with major donors, community groups and business leaders on four continents.

She has an MA in Economics and Finance from the University of Leeds having started out her career as an investment banker. In 2012, she set up RAA Solutions, an ethical, creative business development consultancy and training agency. Carol is the founding Chair of Black Fundraisers UK, as well as a Fellow, Trustee and Vice Chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CIoF). She is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals USA. She has been the Chair of the CIoF’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee since 2019.

Carol is the founder and CEO of Money4YOU, an organisation delivering financial education, entrepreneurship and capacity building training across the world. She hosts the weekly podcast: Four minutes in Fundraising and her work prioritises young people, girls, women and disadvantaged communities. Money4YOU runs the AVOCADO+ Accelerator Programme for black, Asian, multi-ethnic and refuge led UK non profits. This programme is designed to improve their Sustainability, Fundraising Capabilities and Leadership. In developing nations, the AVOCADO programme is run as an Incubator programme, designed to kickstart and bootstrap entrepreneurial initiatives and small businesses.


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