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Paul Baird, MInstF(DIP)

            Fundraising Consultant



What are the benefits of employing a fundraising consultant? 


A consultant is a resource for you, available to address the issues which you identify but also to bring an experienced eye to audit your current systems and recommend possible improvements.


You may need help in devising strategies, require short-term operational support, want to resolve an ad hoc problem

or benefit from an external person offering mentoring and/or facilitation of training for your current team. 


A consultant brings a wealth of experience of life and work. In my case:


  •    I have had considerable success as a fundraiser with local, regional and national charities

  •    As well as a fundraiser, I have served as CEO, Chairman, trustee and volunteer with a range of different charities

  •    I have devised and executed major fundraising appeals and campaigns for project, capital and core funding

  •    I have led active appeals using community and events fundraising, HNW Individuals, corporate partnerships and             Legacies, as well as bids to Trusts, Foundations and the Lottery funders   

  •    I have managed relationships with Local Authorities and national government departments

  •    I have worked with European agencies in Brussels and bid successfully for EU funding on several occasions

  •    I have built and co-ordinated partnerships of charities and submitted joint bids to funders

  •    I have delivered fundraising training workshops to more than 300 organisations around the UK

  •    I have mentored CEOs, managers and fundraisers, trustees and volunteers

  •    I have facilitated meetings of management, trustees, staff/volunteers, and supporters

  •    I also bring a wealth of life experience to any task. As well as being a skilled professional fundraiser, I am an                  ordained priest and have worked as a professional musician, a teacher, a counsellor (specialising in                          relationships, stress, and stress in the workplace).

Before any work begins we will, of course, establish clear and achievable objectives and agree working methods, timescales and costs, all of which will be detailed in our contract.

As a fundraising consultant I will work for your organisation but, positioned outside your management structure, my judgements and recommendations will be independent, objective and frank. 

All work will be carried out in accordance with the guidelines of the Institute of Fundraising.

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