Charity Fundraising Experts

About The Fundraising Blueprint

We’re a team of fundraisers and communicators specialising in digital, online and offline media.

Fundraising Blueprint is produced by a team of 5 fundraisers and communicators specialising in digital, online and offline media. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to help smaller charities raise the money they need for the vital, on the ground, local work they do. With the cuts in local authority funding in recent years, it is even more important that smaller charities have the resources to fill the void in local services.

Research conducted by Raisemore, (www.raisemore.co.uk) Fundraising Blueprint’s sister agency, has highlighted why smaller charities struggle to raise money they need. The conclusions are very clear and are backed up by research carried out by other influential bodies, such as the Association of Chairs (of charity trustees).

Why small charities struggle to raise money

Small charities struggle for two main reasons: lack of technical fundraising ‘knowhow’ – they find it very difficult to build knowledge of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of how full-spectrum fundraising actually works (‘full-spectrum’ meaning the kind of across the board fundraising that the big charities do).

 

 

 

  And they struggle to hire, pay and retain fundraisers who do have practical knowledge of full- spectrum of fundraising.

As a result, smaller charities place an over-reliance on events and trust applications. Most do not have any ongoing individual giving fundraising campaigns at all. This means they miss out on donations from individuals which are the life-blood of most of the top 100 fundraising charities.

Donors want to support small charities

All this when the same research shows conclusively that local donors far prefer to support local causes, where they can directly see their money making a difference. It’s just that these donors are simply not asked.

Giving small charities the tools for successful fundraising

Fundraising Blueprint is setting out to correct this imbalance by providing to smaller charities the proper nuts and bolts know-how to do exactly the same kind of fundraising the big charities do, just on a smaller scale.

A true story

Here’s a story that describes what we do more vividly than any corporate blurb ever could. And, more importantly, explains why.

This happened very recently, which makes it even more telling.

A client who runs a very successful but small animal rescue shelter came to us and said:

“We need to build new stables for our rescued horses before the winter sets in. We’ve got architect’s drawings, planning permission, builder’s quote. We’ve even concreted the entrance to the field ready for builders’ lorries. The only thing we haven’t got is the £9000 spare to build the stables.”

 

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Based on all the principles outlined in Fundraising Blueprint, a special urgent appeal was prepared and sent to 4003 people who had never heard of the charity before.

Mailing

After a few days the first few donations started arriving. The first donation envelope contained a postal order for 16p. The second envelope contained a cheque for £9000.

Cheque

More cheques arrived in the following days. The total raised to date is £17,921.10.

Testimonials

“We are really pleased with the friendly and professional relationship we have with them. They are an excellent team, and as a small charity, we really appreciate their help.”

Lynne - Founder, Animal Rescue Farm

“Within 3 months we’ve landed 2 significant grants, and have a fundraising programme any much larger charity would be proud of.”

Rod Scott - Founder, The Desert Rats Association

“A huge support to us: advising on how to present and achieve our objectives, as well as taking us from nothing to surprisingly good results in terms of marketing. Thanks to them, we will now be in a position to help fund vital university, charitable and health service work - nationally and worldwide.”

Gareth Edwards - Founder, Farplace Animal Rescue

“It has focused our marketing effort and shown us new ways to publicise our cause; it has given us a regular source of income which underpins our core costs; and most importantly for us it means we have an outsourced mailing department which requires very little supervision. Their structure, ideas and methods are both supportive and well grounded.”

Trustee - Cancer and Polio Research Fund

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