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SUCCESSES
 
 
Over the last seventeen years we have worked with over 180 clients on over 200 assignments. In that time we have helped our clients to raise over £20m. This includes four seven-figure and many six figure grants and gifts.


From time to time we do have contracts that fail, but our failure rate is less than three per cent and we learn valuable lessons from any problems that arise with our clients. Our two-stage approach is designed to minimise risk. Since failure is most often defined as an inability to reach the target, this should be apparent at the end of stage one, before any hands-on fundraising work is undertaken. Here is a selection of the grants, gifts and sponsorship we have secured or directed on behalf of our clients…
 
 
Gifts in kind from local companies, including books and a washing machine for a small school trust in West Oxfordshire

£15,000 from Arts Council England - the first grant for an emerging physical theatre group

£16,000 in-kind support, an EU bid currently at second stage for a London based visual arts organisation

£28,000 grant from a local charity for a faith school in south London

£30,000 over three years for an employment and skills development project in east London, for people with learning difficulties

A variety of successful bids for grant funding (trusts and foundations) for a Wiltshire based housing association

£50,000 development grant for a £2m Landscape Partnership bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund

£73,000 for salaries for a NEET youth project in southeast London.

Successful bids exceeding £100,000 to the Community Fund and Lloyds TSB Foundation for a 2nd tier legal advice service

£100,000 core grant from the Big Lottery Fund to develop a condition specific patient support charity

£112,000 community fund grant for a 2nd tier legal advice and support organisation

£120,000 for a crafts micro-enterprise organisation

£165,000 from the Equalities and Human rights commission for a young people’s radio project.

£170,000 from a variety of funders for a project working with disadvantaged (NEET) young people

£180,000 corporate sponsorship for a north of England opera festival

Several successful bids to trusts and foundations for a £1m tree house classroom project in Hampshire

£240,000 from a number of grant funders for a charity working with sex offenders released from prison

£250,000 from the Big Lottery Fund for a new classroom for special needs students

Three successful bids including one for £250,000 from the Department of Health Section 64 grants programme

£450,000 from SRB6, further grant from New Opportunities Fund (Healthy Living Centres).

Two Futurebuilders grants, grants from DoH, trusts and foundations totalling over £750k over five years, for a domestic violence charity in London.

£460,000 for a partnership project in Hartlepool
 
£480,000 from a variety of trusts and other grant sources or a youth unemployment project in London
 
£500,000 form the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Programme for a charity working with male victims of sexual assault


£1,500,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a heritage railway capital project (advice and support)

£2,000,000 pledge for a capital appeal for a major national care charity

£7,000,000 from the New Opportunities Fund under the Green Spaces programme for a national green transport organisation

37 lottery bids overall, of which approximately 60% were successful.



 
 
What our clients think of us:
 
“I think we will all agree this is a very perceptive, fair and hopefully very useful report on the progress of the LDA contract…We have a terrific team with the potential to deliver a highly successful outcome in Year 2. If we really take this report to heart, we can do it. Happy reading”.
Nigel Lavender, General Manager – Cardboard Citizens
 
 “Brilliant absolutely brilliant. That was the best master class ever. We learnt more in 2.5 hours than we would have learnt by ourselves in months.  You  put everything in place, I wish that we could have recorded it so that it would always be there for reference. Rita and I stayed at the library for another 2 hours trying to consolidate every thing that you had told us.  We have rethought our strategy.  We shall rewrite all the literature, my bid writing will change and lots of the website. be rewritten”.
Geoff Fowler – The Mustard Seed Project
 
“I cannot recommend Isabel enough.  Working with her brings many benefits: She is a sounding board for my ideas; can undertake any necessary research; is an excellent copywriter and editor, and, importantly, has a wealth of fundraising experience, enabling her to advise on the best type of approach to maximise the chances of fundraising success”.
Vanessa Swann – CEO Cockpit Arts
 
“I was thrilled to get to meet you and to attend the workshop. It was power packed! I’m so glad you are back with us for another session this year as well”.
Carolyn Edwards, Junior League of London
 
“I am very encouraged by the way that you have approached building up the project. Keep in touch”.
Alison Field, Senior Development Manager, Forestry Commission
 
“I thought you would like to know that we have been offered the Arts Council bid we went for…thank you ever so much for your advice and hard work”
Nathan Curry, Director – Tangled Feet