Raising money is tough. Increased competition, reduced statutory funding, rising public scrutiny and critical media coverage are all bringing challenges to charities.
We have 20 plus years of direct experience in fundraising, which included increasing the income of Help the Hospices six fold in seven years.
Added to this is the perspective gained from being a charity CEO, Trustee and a Non Executive Director, enabling us to see income generation in the wider perspective of an organisation’s mission and services.
Whether it be setting up a new fundraising operation from scratch, a full review of your activities, or running a one day workshop, db associates can bring this experience and expertise to help you.
Oakhaven Hospice is based near Lymington and serves the New Forest, including parts of Hampshire and Dorset. Despite having a catchment area population of just around 170,000, it provides a full range of hospice services, runs a well being centre and has a successful domiciliary care agency.
However, like all hospices, Oakhaven is having to review its activities in light of Covid and the impact on income streams such as events and retail. CEO Andrew Ryde asked db associates to lead a review of its fundraising.
‘David engaged with a wide range of staff and trustees and took time to learn about our culture and approach to fundraising. His many years of experience in proved invaluable in benchmarking our current performance, seeing where our strengths are and identifying areas we could improve.'
'We now have a series of recommended actions to consider, based on sound evidence and examples of good practice. As a hospice serving a small, largely rural community and with relatively low levels of NHS support, we have to work really hard to fund our care. David’s report will enable us to do this even more effectively. I happily recommend him to others.’
db associates worked with the Terrence Higgins Trust to provide an independent expert critique of its income generation strategy.
"This was a vital project as we needed to demonstrate to our Board that we could raise the funds to implement our new organisational strategy. David’s report combined careful analysis with sound arguments and strong evidence. We are very pleased to recommend him to other charities."
CEO Ian Green
Portsmouth Cathedral had never had a general fundraising function. db associates worked carefully and closely with both clergy and lay staff to draft a case for support, develop a strategy and recruit their first Head of Fundraising. Portsmouth Cathedral is now well placed to fundraise to support its mission.
"Outside capital appeals for the Cathedral, we had never really undertaken any pro-active fundraising. David’s experience, listening skills and his ability to understand our culture quickly secured our trust and confidence. He led us through a process of analysing the needs of the Cathedral, producing a strategy and recruiting our first Head of Fundraising. We are now in a position to really get going in our fundraising and have hugely benefited from David’s support.’"
Peter Sanders, Chapter Clerk.
Mary Stevens Hospice
Mary Stevens Hospice wanted a top line review of its current fundraising activities to help develop a strategy. Using a couple of simple but effective models to analyse performance and gauge potential, db associates led a one day workshop. This produced the backbone of the strategy which the CEO and the Head of Fundraising could then develop and present to their Board.
"David has been a tremendous help to us at Mary Stevens Hospice, bringing his many years of experience as a CEO and unrivalled expertise as a hospice fundraiser to assist in putting together a coherent fundraising strategy and an effective implementation plan. He is a delight to work with and a highly capable consultant. If you need help with your fundraising strategy I would strongly recommend David."
CEO Stevan Jackson