Consultancy and training
City Bridge Trust: The Bridge Programme
Funder-plus support to a learning disability organisation through The Bridge Programme. Strategic business planning and fundraising consultancy including: reviewing and further developing the business plan for a multi-faceted service delivery area; guiding and supporting the fundraiser to develop the organisational infrastructure for fundraising (e.g. understanding and managing data, supporter insight, funding strategy, establishing fundraising communications, working with trustees, corporate fundraising policy).
While working as Sustainable Funding Consultant at NCVO in 2013/14 I worked with Boards and charity managers across arts, youth and social welfare organisations conducting financial sustainability reviews and developing funding strategies.
I now work as an Associate Consultant and Trainer, and am currently developing delivering funding training for open courses and specific clients (e.g. Premier League Charitable Fund): Key Principles of Fundraising in the Voluntary Sector; Funding Strategy and Income Diversification; Developing your Case for Support Toolkit.
Working primarily with the CEO and Partnerships and Impact Manager in this fantastic performing arts education charity, I have: led the development of their case for support toolkit, conducted funder research, written successful funding applications, advised on major giving, and supported the scoping of a new digital product.
Reporting to the interim fundraising director and CEO, I have delivered various projects, notably: a property options appraisal and corresponding budgets; advising on external communications; undertaking a Health & Safety process review for fundraising events; carrying out a review of retail activity; and writing case for supports.
As Head of Development I developed a new fundraising strategy and restructured the team to diversify the income portfolio around major donor and corporate giving, while increasing the organisation’s profile and driving up individual and trust & foundations income. Key successes included working with service colleagues to develop a tri-borough service into a pan-London service, and securing six-figure, multi-year corporate funding from new corporates to deliver this.
Friends of the Earth
While Business Development Manager I introduced three key income streams: sporting and challenge events (including an in-house London to Edinburgh bike ride) the organisation’s first gala event which was a finalist at the Peer Award’s Customer Engagement category, and corporate fundraising.
Working across strategy and innovation at RNIB I helped to set up the organisation’s innovation framework and engaged fundraising colleagues in using it. This included focused idea generation workshops, enhancing existing products and supporting managers to develop their business case for investment. I also managed the business planning and reporting framework for the fundraising group (£60m income/pa).