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Times of uncertainty

These are uncertain times. Who knows the short and longer term impact of Brexit for charities. This context demands a more rigorous and flexible approach to fundraising, by charities, churches or heritage organisations. Successful fundraising during politically or economically uncertain times depends on Read more…

Celebrating the First 60 years

Craigmyle is the longest established fundraising consultancy company in the UK and to mark its 60th anniversary this year, Craigmyle has published Craigmyle – The First 60 Years, which charts its remarkable story and, alongside it, of post-war fundraising in Britain. Written by Read more…

Mayoral investment in Mary Ward Centre East

The Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners Capital Fund has awarded £5.6m to the Mary Ward Settlement Group to help move its specialist adult educational centre from Camden to Stratford, East London. The move is part of the Settlement’s plans to expand its Read more…

Wendy Foreman joins the Craigmyle team

We are pleased to announce that Wendy Foreman has joined the Craigmyle team, adding a new dimension as she brings over 30 years’ communications experience in the private and public sectors. With the energy and drive to deliver excellence in strategic communications based Read more…

HLF New Strategy Bulletin January 2019

Introduction The Heritage Lottery Fund has a new name and brand – National Lottery Heritage Fund. This is clearly aimed at raising the profile of the National Lottery as a mechanism for funding good causes, in the ambition that this will help sell Read more…

Christine Buccella Joins Craigmyle

We are happy to announce that Christine Buccella has joined the Craigmyle Consultant team. She has an impressive breadth of experience across the non-profit sector, including five Director-level fundraising positions and many years of experience as a self-employed fundraising consultant and project manager. Read more…

The Budget, Autumn 2018

Austerity is nearly over, according to the Chancellor’s Budget speech yesterday. He made a number of welcome announcements aimed at alleviating the administrative burden on charities, summarised below. There are also measures of more indirect interest to charities of various kinds, across the Read more…

New Facilities at Coleshill Parish Church

New facilities for the local community and congregation are being used for the first time at Coleshill Parish Church as phase one of a £1.05 million remodelling and restoration project is completed. The large Grade I listed parish church is an active focal Read more…

Siân Newton Joins Craigmyle

We’re delighted to welcome Siân Newton to the Craigmyle Consultant team. She brings a wide range of skills and experience, most recently as Appeal Director of the £6.9 million campaign at Guildford Cathedral. Over 20 years Siân has worked in local and national Read more…

Worcestershire Royal Hospital Breast Unit

Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has officially opened the new Breast Cancer Haven at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital’s state of the art Breast Unit. Craigmyle consultant Geoff Howard worked for several years on the campaign to build and equip the unit which opened Read more…

These are uncertain times. Who knows the short and longer term impact of Brexit for charities.

This context demands a more rigorous and flexible approach to fundraising, by charities, churches or heritage organisations.

Successful fundraising during politically or economically uncertain times depends on setting firm objectives and making a clear case for support.

“Many organisations fail to make the most of their fundraising. When belts are being tightened, it’s vital to define your goals, present your case well and make sure you meet funders’ criteria.” Craigmyle Director, Gill Moody.

Too many charities and churches use economic uncertainty as an excuse for failures in fundraising or as a reason not to embark on appeals in the first place. The needs don’t go away, however, and careful and realistic planning can reduce the impact of lean times.

Craigmyle offers a few useful tips:

  • Many of those who might be approached for major gifts will have protected themselves against a downturn
  • Offering a range of options for giving may reassure those who are nervous about job security, so the more personal approach to potential donors, the better
  • Companies may better be approached for gifts in kind and employee fundraising.

For more than six decades – in both good times and uncertain times – Craigmyle has offered strategic advice and practical support to charities and organisations.

If you’d like to discuss how we can help you in 2020, please get in touch.