As a experienced charity consultant I’ve worked with some rather wonderful charities over the years. Some favourites have included Alzheimer’s Research UK, Bible Society, Meningitis Now, Tearfund and Trussell Trust, to namedrop but a few. Although I’ve enjoy working with large, established charities, I have a particular soft spot for small and medium-sized organisations.
African Lion & Environmental Research Trust
Age Concern Dorset
Alzheimer’s Research UK
Baptist Missionary Society
Blind Veterans UK
Brighton Youth Centre
British Lung Foundation
British Science Association
Cambridge Community Church
Camphill Village Trust
Care Home Volunteers
Chelsea Community Hospital School
Christian Blind Mission
Crossroads Care Surrey
Curriculum for Life
Ditch the Label
Door of Hope
Esher Green Baptist Church
ERIC the Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity
Genetic Alliance UK
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust
Home-Start Camden & Islington
Institute of Fundraising
Kentish Town City Farm
Kidney Research UK
Leo Baeck College
London Borough of Camden
Mind Brighton & Hove
Mental Health Research UK
New Philanthropy Capital (NPC)
North East London NHS Foundation Trust
People’s Trust for Endangered Species
Plymouth University Law Clinic
Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)
Reach Community Project
Red Horse Foundation
Research Institute for the Care of Older People
Royal Cornwall Museum
Rooftop House Group
Sight Research UK
School of Storytelling
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Trust
Southmead Hospital Charity
Splitz Support Service
Stepping Stones DS
St Christopher’s Fellowship
The Churches Conservation Trust
The Nature of It
The Richard Meins Charitable Trust
The Recovery Course
The Trussell Trust
Transport for All
Tyne Rivers Trust
Women in Prison
Worcester Park Baptist Church
Young Lambeth Cooperative
“We recently asked Sarah to carry out an audit of our trust fundraising and to seek her professional advice about how we could make some improvements to this area of our work. We found Sarah to be an excellent resource, combining her wealth of experience, her strategic insights and her warm and engaging manner. Inviting a consultant in and exposing organisational weaknesses can be a rather daunting exercise but we found that Sarah brought empathy and understanding which made it far easier to go through the process. At the end of three days’ work, Sarah delivered a comprehensive report which covered a range of issues from the strategic to the operational and raised some key areas where change was needed. We hope to be able to further engage Sarah as we work through her recommendations and just wanted to say a huge thank you.”
Mary Oakes, Director of Development, Innovista.
“Thanks to Sarah’s support over the past year, our team now has the skills, confidence and systems in place to fundraise from grant-making trusts. Sarah has helped us write trust applications that are clear, concise and compelling. Her support has been very valuable.”
Jill Nelson, CEO of People’s Trust for Endangered Species.
“Sarah’s expertise across the fundraising spectrum has been so helpful to help us think about what opportunities exist, how to professionalise our fundraising and how to portray our work differently for donors. Thanks so much, Sarah.”
Sonya Ruparel, CEO, Women in Prison.
“Working with Sarah during the past 6 months or so has been a genuine revelation in terms of understanding what makes a credible bid for funding.
In challenging times, it has really helped to have Sarah’s confident, direct guidance and expertise informing our approach. Thanks to Sarah we recently secured a grant of £120,000, which will make a huge difference to us and our service users.”
David Derbyshire, CEO of children’s continence charity ERIC.
“Sarah has supported us in so many ways including: writing a case for support, creating a detailed list of grant applications, reviewing our current fundraising and giving input into our new website. Sarah has been extremely flexible with her time and fits the work around our schedules. She is also a really lovely, kind person who is passionate about the work she does, is extremely encouraging and is genuinely interested in the work we do at Oasis Belgium. It feels like she is a part of the team. “
Emma Gooding, Director, Oasis Belgium.
“I began working with Sarah as someone new to trust fundraising to gain insight into the process of successful bid writing. Sarah has reviewed many of our bids across a wide range of projects, including both the proposition and the budget and asking pertinent questions which helped us to focus our strategy. It’s wonderful working with Sarah, she provides detailed feedback and a really friendly ear. Sarah’s support has been invaluable.”
Katie Short, Fundraising Officer, Christian Blind Mission (CBM).
“We started working with Sarah in 2020 to get her help to develop a focused fundraising strategy for the organisation. Through clear communication, insight, experience and a strong dose of reality, we now have a robust fundraising plan in place. We look forward to continuing to work with Sarah over the coming year.”
Jonathan Morton, CEO, the Royal Cornwall Museum.
“Sarah’s friendly and knowledgeable approach has really helped me develop my skills as a trust fundraiser and build my confidence in tackling larger bids such as HLF. Having worked with her we now have a much clearer idea of our organisational aims and expectations for the future.”
Hannah Stockwell, Fundraising Manager, People’s Trust for Endangered Species.
“I have learnt so much from Sarah. She is genuine and passionate. She cares about making a difference to charities and she is very skilled at writing. I also think it incredible how quickly she seems to ‘get’ the cause she’s working with.
With Sarah’s support over the past three years, our income from major giving grew significantly.”
Amy Tatum, Major Giving Team, Alzheimer’s Research UK.
“Meningitis Now asked Sarah to do a three day audit of the charity’s trust fundraising. We were so impressed that we asked her to manage our Trust Fundraising on an interim basis. One year on Sarah remains a highly valued member of the team. Her expertise and diligence have combined to achieve great results. She’s successfully secured several major grants including £480,000 of Lottery funding and will leave a legacy of improved trust fundraising processes and capabilities. She has built strong relationships with our existing trust supporters and has helped us identify new funding opportunities. Sarah is a pleasure to work with and I thoroughly recommend her.”
Beth Bottrill, Director of Development, Meningitis Now.