Who?

London-based charity, Future First, helps state schools and colleges to build alumni communities. Former students return as career and education role models, mentors and more. Future First connects pupils with alumni as relatable role models to boost confidence, motivation and life chances.

Why Fundraising Consultants Ltd?

After interviewing a number of candidates, the charity’s Director of Business Services chose Fundraising Consultants because of our experience of working with charities supporting young people. They were also impressed with our approach and our interest in and passion for the work they do.

What we did

The charity was in need of support to develop its case for support and increase income from grant-making trusts and foundations.

The work started in June 2021 and focused around three areas:

  • Fundraising case for support – working with the team to develop an overarching case for support for the charity. This will be reviewed by the wider team over the summer ready for use at the start of the new academic year in September.
  • Funding research – we developed a detailed spreadsheet of prospective new funders for the charity to include advice on when to approach them, how much funding to request and which aspects of the charity’s work to present to them. l
  • Review of funding applications – we reviewed recent funding applications and reports, providing constructive criticism on how to improve and strengthen these.

Future First have now asked to provide another phase of support to them in August and September 2021.

What difference have we made?

“Sarah and Charmaine recently helped our charity create a case for support and refresh our pipeline of prospects. They have been brilliant to work with and have given us a huge amount of valuable insights from just a few days’ work. Although fundraising is very competitive at the moment, they boosted our confidence and suggested a few avenues we might pursue that we hadn’t considered.”

Laura Underwood, Director of Business Services, Future First.