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ABOUT US

We provide the money you need to do what you want

Vantage Fundraising is comprised of a team of professionals covering all aspects of fundraising and income generation. We work with a broad range of organisations from arts and education-based initiatives through to overseas development and medical research. If we have one speciality it is taking charities into the top 4% of income-generation  entities.

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‘Vantage Fundraising has shown what is possible with the fundraising strategy they wrote for us. As a result, we are now in the middle of developing and integrating four new fundraising disciplines over the next three years with their help.’

David Botha, Executive Director, The Royal College of Radiologists

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THE TEAM

Expertise to help realise your plans

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NICK RYAN

High-net-worth Individuals, Companies, Individuals, Leadership & Trusts

Nick is a development professional with a broad range of fundraising experience in both the charity and education sectors, having raised tens of millions of pounds of non-statutory funds and hundreds of millions of pounds of statutory income for good causes. Nick learnt the art of fundraising at blue-chip charities Help the Aged and the NSPCC, before heading the fundraising division at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust for seven years. His income-to-cost ratio during this period was over 20:1. He was the founder and CEO of Schools Funding Network which he ran for six years before setting up Vantage Fundraising. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Institute of Fundraising. His book Raising Funds for your School is the definitive education fundraising book and is available from the DSC.

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BARBARA AHLAND

Trusts

Barbara has a corporate background, with many years’ experience working for one of the Big 4 Accounting firms. She now runs a trust fundraising team at Vantage, where her financial acumen, attention to detail and organisational skills ensure a steady stream of grants accrue to clients. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Tax Technicians, holds an LLM in International Human Rights and Development and is fluent in both English and German with a working knowledge of Swahili, French and Spanish.

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MUHANNA CHOWDHURY

Companies

Muhanna has over 20 years of experience in Marketing, Advertising, and Sales, nationally and internationally. Fearless on the phone, she is enthusiastic, determined, and motivated. Generating leads via cold calling and building relationships quickly, she has always been among the top executives within her field and helps create long-term corporate partnerships for Vantage’s clients.

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LAURA DAVIS

Trusts

Laura has over 30 years of experience as a project lead and trusts and statutory fundraiser in the voluntary and higher education sectors.  She has worked with a wide range of voluntary sector and academic-led research and intervention projects, from the drawing board through project delivery, evaluation and donor stewardship. In this time she has secured up to seven-figure grants from a wide range of trust and statutory donors.  She has a Masters in Environmentalism and Society and a Cert. Ed.

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VERONICA MARTIN OBE

High-net-worth Individuals, Companies, Individuals & Trusts

Veronica has more than 25 years’ experience in fundraising and sales. She has advised and worked for numerous charities including Whizz-Kidz, Elizabeth Finn Care, the Brain and Spine Foundation, Motor Neurone Disease Association and was founding Chair and Trustee of Generating Genius.  She has a Degree in Marketing and Advertising and a Masters in Charity Marketing and Fundraising

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WENDY PIDGEON

Legacies

Wendy Pidgeon will lead on the legacy work. She has been responsible for legacy marketing at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSHCC), Havens Hospices and most recently, the National Osteoporosis Society, where she grew legacy income by 123% from £1.3m to £2.9m in five years. As a consultant, Wendy has developed Legacy Marketing Programmes for various charities, including Bath Cats and Dogs Home, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Charity, Alnwick Gardens, First Light, Hammersmith United Charities, People to Places, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Administration, Children with Cancer UK, Rethink Mental Illness, SRUK, Missio and The Landmark Trust amongst others. She holds the Certificate in Charity Legacy Administration (CiCLA) and has worked in legacy fundraising for over 17 years.

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ANITA ASHOK

Trusts & Research

Anita worked at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority before joining Vantage Fundraising. With a post-graduate diploma in business administration, Anita runs many of the back-office functions of the organisation saving clients time and money.

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JANE CURTIS

Community & Events

Jane is a charity fundraiser and event specialist with 20 years project, people and change management experience.  She has created and managed successful fundraising strategies and programmes at a variety of national and international charities. This has resulted in tens of millions of pounds being realised from events and community activities.

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JONATHAN CATHERALL

Trusts and Companies

Jonathan has nearly two decades of experience as a funder and as a fundraiser. On the grant-giving side, he has worked for the Wellcome Trust and the Museums Association in partnership with Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. On the fundraising side, he has raised over £20 million for local and national charities in the health, housing, advice, and social enterprise sectors.  He is an expert in project design and delivery, and how doing the design well can transform your fundraising.

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NIGEL TAILYOUR

Trusts & Companies

Nigel is a leading fundraiser, with a specific interest in trusts, community and volunteering support. After raising funds for a number of charities, including the Samaritans, Nigel set up and ran About Fundraising for many years. The latter merged with Vantage Fundraising in 2016. Nigel has numerous funding contacts and is also an expert in prospect research and database work. He is a published author, including a book covering Volunteering.

OUR VALUED CLIENTS

Past & Present

CHARTERED COLLEGE OF TEACHING

THE UROLOGY FOUNDATION

THE NUCLEO PROJECT

SEASIDE RADIO

ABANDOFBROTHERS

CPOTENTIAL

ST ANDREW’S CLUB

THE STORY MUSEUM

WATER CITY MUSIC

HERMITAGE PRIMARY SCHOOL

HARTSDOWN ACADEMY

THE MICHAEL SIEFF FOUNDATION

THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGISTS

INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION

SUPPORTING LIVES

HOPEFIELD ANIMAL SANCTUARY

ONE VISION

STEPPING STONE 4

THE HISTORY WALK

RADIOTHERAPY UK

SIR STANLEY MATTHEWS FOUNDATION

FASTN

CENTRAL FOUNDATION BOYS SCHOOL

MY BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL

AMIS

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AFRICAN STUDIES

NATIONAL PENSIONERS CONVENTION

OUR TIME

RHODES PRIMARY SCHOOL

SOCIETYLINKS TOWER HAMLETS

ST PAUL'S WAY TRUST SCHOOL

ST FRANCIS HOSPICE

THE FUNDING EXCHANGE

YMCA EAST SURREY

PAPA PARK

SUPPORT AFTER MURDER AND MANSLAUGHTER

SHARE COMMUNITY

LIFTING LIMITS

WHY WE EXIST

Purpose

  • Our purpose is to make the world a better place. We do this by enabling charities to fulfil their dreams through the building of robust income-generation machines.


Values

  • Constantly adding value to clients

  • Understanding the real, deep aims of our clients

  • Continually improving our client proposition and impact

  • Being productivity leaders

  • Being the best at what we do

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