We work with clients to establish new, or improve existing, trust fundraising programmes. There are typically three key steps to the process:
The case for support
We will review existing content and work with key staff to develop new content to create a compelling case for support for your organisation and/or project(s). Key aspects include:
- The need the charity/project is addressing, how it has been identified and what evidence there is it exists.
- The solution proposed by the charity i.e. the aim, outcomes, indicators and activities.
- Monitoring and evaluation – how the charity will collect evidence that the outcomes have been achieved.
- Sustainability plans – how the work will be able to continue beyond the initial funding.
- Why the charity is best placed to deliver this proposal, their track record, partnerships, case studies and stakeholder endorsements.
- Budget breakdown and funding needs.
We identify the most appropriate trusts to approach by undertaking desk research, making initial enquiries by phone where possible and producing a prioritised list of prospects with key details such as their giving history and application process. Where appropriate the list of prospects can be shared with your board and key supporters to identify any relationships that could support the process.
We can then bring together the first two steps to prepare a tailored funding application to each prospect. We will work with key staff to gather any additional information required. All applications receive a peer review from a second consultant and will be subject to sign off by our main contact at the charity.
Some of our clients have requested that we work with them on an ongoing basis so they can benefit from our experience and expertise, with greater flexibility and often at a lower cost than employing a full-time fundraiser with comparable experience. This service is typically charged on a day rate basis. The number of days required will depend on the number of funding priorities, amount of funding required and the number and type of applications to prepare.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS GREAT BRITAIN
Special Olympics Great Britain provides a year-round programme of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, through its local volunteer-led clubs around the country. Despite reaching over 10,000 people each year, they have a small national office and very limited internal fundraising resource. We work with Special Olympics Great Britain to help them identify appropriate funding opportunities, develop proposals for a range of projects and services, develop tailored applications to secure new grants and build long term relationships.
We have been working with KEDA for a year - the quality of work is always high standard and we now have a focused grants fundraising programme. As a relatively small charity with tight budgets KEDA give us peace of mind that every penny invested into fundraising is being worked as hard as possible!