Who we are

We are a team of fundraising experts, dedicated to help good causes raise funds and become more effective.

Great fundraising teams don’t just raise money. They also help charities become more resilient, effective and impactful. Whether you employ a team of fundraisers, a sole fundraiser or rely entirely on volunteers, a strong fundraising function will help your organisation survive – and even thrive – even through the most challenging of times.

What we do

Our support includes fundraising audits and strategy, help with a specific area such as trusts and grants or individual giving, as well as coaching and mentoring to help fundraisers develop exceptional fundraising skills.

We always seek to embed skills, confidence and positive change into your team and wider organisation.  Whether we support you over a period of days, months, weeks or even years, our goal is always to leave you fully equipped, focused and fully prepared to fundraise successfully and strategically.

Our clients

Our experience is vast and we have worked across the voluntary sector spectrum as fundraisers, consultants and inhouse staff.  Our clients  span a wide range of charitable causes including health and social care, education and employment, social welfare, children and youth, medical research, health and faith-based organisations. Rather than taking our word for it, why not take a look at what our clients say about us?

Our approach

Simplicity, clarity, integrity and partnership are at the heart of the Fundraising Consultants Ltd approach.  Put simply, we believe in our clients and work with them to build lasting relationships with their donors and funders, so they can continue to change lives and make our world a better place. Expectation setting is important and we won’t make any rash promises or give you false hope. And our feedback will always be honest and solution-focused.

Our beliefs

Fundraising should be strategic, intelligent and ethical, and it should come from the heart, helping you tell your story powerfully and credibly. Whether it’s help to write grant applications, support to develop a fundraising strategy or coaching for your fundraising team, your skills, passion and expertise are our starting point and are a key factor in your journey towards successful fundraising. We are passionate about knowledge sharing through regular blogs and articles.

Our standards

Fundraising Consultants Ltd adheres to the Fundraising Regulator’s Code of Practice which outlines the standards expected of all charitable fundraising organisations in the UK. Our team are all members of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and we are passionately committed to the very best practice and integrity in everything we do. We read widely and network regularly with charities and fundraisers from across the voluntary sector, as well as meeting regularly with other fundraising consultants and freelancers. This helps us stay abreast of emerging trends and best practice and enables us to continue deepening our fundraising knowledge and experience.

Meet the Team

Sarah Squire, Founder, Director and Consultant

Sarah has been a charity fundraiser for over two decades, including ten years as Founding Director and Lead Consultant at Fundraising Consultants Ltd. Sarah started her fundraising career in 1997 with Tearfund, as their first ever Trust and Corporate Fundraiser. Since then she has helped raise millions of pounds for UK charities and CICs. With a degree in Modern Languages, Sarah has always been interested in language as a communication tool, and this is what sparked her interest in fundraising. Sarah has a Postgraduate Diploma in Charity Marketing and Fundraising from Southbank University. Based in Chippenham, Wiltshire Sarah works with charities across England and Wales.

Charmaine Farrugia, Director and Consultant

Charmaine has a 20-year track record of senior roles in the charity and public sectors. Starting her career as a Social Worker, Charmaine also has a Masters in Youth and Community work. Her extensive experience in raising funds includes securing EU grants, statutory contracts, local and national funding and partnership sponsorship. Charmaine’s specialist areas include trusts and grants, major gifts and impact measurement. She lives in Surrey and focuses much of her time on supporting charities in London and the South East.

Joanna Brill

Jo is a professionally trained coach and trainer with over 10 years’ experience working with executive, business and life coaching clients from around the world. After a 10 year career as a marketing communications professional, Jo now uses coaching as a tool to create new thinking and new approaches in the charity, social enterprise and community impact sector.

Ethan Kuhn

Ethan brings extensive fundraising and leadership experience, particularly in the area of education. A US national, Ethan has led fundraising programmes for educational institutions in the US and UK. The first of these roles was as Associate Director of Development & Alumni at The White Mountain School, an Episcopal (Anglican) boarding and day school. He saw the School through the planning and ‘quiet stage’ of a $7 million fundraising campaign as campaign manager, launched the School’s international giving programme, and directed the Annual Fund and alumni programming. Most recently, Ethan served as the inaugural Director of Development at St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford, where he was tasked with creating a comprehensive fundraising programme for the Hall. This involved a complete audit and rethink of the Hall’s existing programme and the development of a short, mid, and long-term strategy with the assistance of the St Benet’s Trust, the international advisory board, and collegiate and University leadership. Ethan is currently a trustee of his university fraternity’s alumni board and has served as a trustee or fundraising subcommittee member for multiple environmental and art charities. Prior to moving to the UK, he sat on the planning committee for the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England and served on the Governor of New Hampshire’s Advisory Council.