Nova Fundraising – “Helping Charities Shine Brighter”
I started my fundraising career over a decade ago, working for large household name charities. I learnt a lot about best practice and fundraising in general.
The real learning came though, when I joined a small local charity with an ambitious plan to implement a new fundraising strategy on a shoestring budget. There are lots of challenges that small charities face: competition, lack of resource, lack of money coupled with an urgent need to get funding through the door. I learned that with passionate people, a strong cause, clear strategy and a professional approach to fundraising it is possible to achieve great results.
I have worked for small and medium-sized organisations, helping them to establish new fundraising strategies and review existing programmes, utilising their existing resource.
Helping charities on their path to fundraising and getting transformational results is what I truly love and this is why I decided to start Nova Fundraising in 2017 – to provide professional fundraising solutions that will help charities shine brighter.
I started fundraising as a volunteer bid-writer for an Environmental charity whilst I was studying at Sussex University. Little did I know that this first exposure to fundraising would be the start of a career spanning over a decade and become a real passion of mine.
Since that volunteering role, I have worked for a diverse range of cases, from very large international organisations, to being a sole fundraiser for small charities.
I have implemented and delivered fundraising programmes covering all key areas of fundraising, from events, to trusts and individuals, plus everything in between. For the last five years I have focused working for small charities, often as a sole fundraiser, successfully establishing and implementing new fundraising strategies for organisations with little or no fundraising history and who also have little available resource.
Having experienced working for small charities I can really empathise and understand the challenges they face.
My most recent role was working for a new charity, where as Head of Fundraising I was responsible for developing and delivering a sustainable fundraising strategy for the organisation’s UK, Australian and US entities.
As well as hands-on experience, I come highly qualified, holding the Institute of Fundraising’s Diploma and International Advanced Diploma in Fundraising.
I believe in giving back to the fundraising community and hold a number of voluntary roles including: Board Member of the Institute of Fundraising Chilterns; Mentor for the Small Charities Coalition and Charity Advisor for the FSI.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
My Fundraising highlight:
Getting the small local charity I worked for a meeting with a large national breakdown company. We may not have gotten a large charity of the year partnership, but we got noticed, raised awareness of the cause and gained some specialised support from them.