The Plymouth Law Clinic, part of the University of Plymouth, provides free legal support to some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. Law students give up their time to provide expert help to people in need, in areas such as divorce and custody, unfair dismissal and immigration law. Although some of the core costs of the Law Clinic are covered by the University, this by no means covers all of the project’s costs. The Law Clinic team were therefore seeking support to set up a fundraising programme from scratch, starting with trusts and foundations.
After reviewing proposals from several fundraising consultants, we were selected because of our strong track record with charitable projects in the South West and extensive experience working with small, grassroots projects.
What difference did we make?
We developed a case for support for the Law Clinic, which involved input from the Law Clinic team and other internal and external stakeholders. We researched and approached funding opportunities and drafted and submitted funding applications. The process resulted in a compelling, clear case for support that could be used for different donor audiences, including grant-makers. We then went on to develop some trust applications for different aspects of the project.
After seeing the efficacy of our support and the outcomes, they also asked us to provide some trust fundraising support for them to raise funds for the University of Plymouth’s Brain tumour research programme. The University of Plymouth’s research team is leading the fight in finding ways to prevent and treat brain tumours, which kill more people under the age of 40 than any other cancer. We are now helping the fundraising team to identify and apply to grant-makers to contribute towards the costs of PhD studentships.
The client was very pleased with the work; so much so they recommended us to a charity in Cornwall, the Royal Cornwall Museum, who we have now been working with for nearly a year.