TRUST FUNDRAISING CLUB
For nine out of ten charities, trust fundraising is the income-generation activity that is worth building first of all. Returns can typically reach between £5 and £15 for every £1 invested. As a result, we have been helping charities in this area for many years.
However, we had no answer for helping charities that did not have the money to invest in such an area – by the time a Case for Support has been written and applications sent, a charity might have been waiting three to six months. Nor did we have a ready solution for charities employing expensive trust fundraisers during down periods when no large applications were possible.
We then took on a client that had extensive operations in India. They suggested that we reduce costs by employing Indian business people with degrees in English and related fields. These overseas staff could then take on the more administrative tasks, such as research and small applications, while experienced UK fundraisers could oversee the work and concentrate on the higher-level tasks.
This new approach has proved highly effective. As a result, we are now able to offer a service that is much cheaper than other options, such as employing someone directly or using a traditional consultancy, and also more productive.
1. JOIN THE TRUST FUNDRAISING CLUB
CASE FOR SUPPORT REVIEW
We will review your Case for Support or main proposal, giving feedback as to its strengths and weaknesses.
You will receive a newsletter with a mixture of fundraising news, tips and prospects to approach.
MONTHLY PROSPECT LIST
We will send a list of trusts and foundations that we have come across in our research and which fit your charity's remit.
GAIN ACCESS TO MEMBER SUPPORT PACKAGES
By joining the Trust Fundraising Club, you gain access to the packages listed below.
2. MEMBERS’ SUPPORT PACKAGES
£100 per month
We will find a minimum of 25 trusts a month to which you can apply using our database, various directories and the Charity Commission website. Relevant prospects will be listed in an Excel spreadsheet that provides details of giving policy, relevance to your charity, information on how to apply, and contact details.
FULLY OUTSOURCED TRUST FUNDRAISING
£2,000 per month
We will take responsibility for all applications to small and large trusts and foundations. We may need to ask you for information from time to time, but largely you can simply keep an eye on activity from our monthly management reports. Highly cost-effective, you will pay less than the cost of a junior trust fundraiser for a team led by an experienced trust fundraiser.
SMALL TRUST APPLICATIONS
£250 per month
We will apply to small trusts where a covering letter, a standard proposal, and a set of accounts is required. Typically, we will send between 20 and 30 a month. You will receive a monthly report giving details of these.
Where we come across trusts that require tailored applications, we will put these in an Excel spreadsheet so that you can apply directly.
CASE FOR SUPPORT REWRITE
A persuasive fundraising proposal is arguably the most important item that you will ever produce in terms of income generation. We are particularly skilled in this area and have created numerous innovative, exciting templates. Once we have finished – typically it takes 4-6 weeks – you can be confident that the proposal you are sending to funders is as effective as the best of them.
AD HOC BID SUPPORT
Sometimes a charity or educational establishment needs help at very short-notice, such as when a government-funding window suddenly opens. Members have priority access to our consultants.