Dominic Smith

Dom is a corporate fundraising specialist, with experience across all areas of private sector engagement.

His skills include new business and pipeline development, employee engagement, sponsorships, long term strategic partnerships, corporate foundation grants, charity of the year, cause related marketing partnerships and developing growth strategies.

Dom started his career establishing corporate partnerships as an income stream at Restless Development.

As head of team and corporate partnerships globally, he designed and executed a strategy that saw income from corporate partnerships grow from virtually nothing to a team raising over £500k per year.

During his time at Restless Development, Dom specialised in partnerships bringing in vital unrestricted income to the organisation.

Dom has held a number of other corporate fundraising roles and consultancies for national charities and international development NGO’s including IntoUniversity, ActionAid, Young People Cornwall and Tanzanian Children’s Fund.


Dom’s areas of expertise include:

  • New business and pipeline development
  • Long term strategic partnerships, aligning aims to make mutually beneficial outcomes
  • Employee engagement partnerships. Maximising fundraising and engagement from staff and stakeholders
  • Charity of the year applications and pitches
  • Cause related marketing partnershpis
  • Developing and executing growth strategies
  • Corporate partnership product development
  • Event sponsorships
  • Corporate Foundation grant writing


Dom’s key achievements include:

  • Leading a global team at Restless Development, securing 30 partnerships and increasing corporate fundraising income by 430%.
  • Securing a long term £1.4 million pound partnership between ActionAid UK and McCain Foods, promoting women’s rights and climate sustainable farming in Brazil.
  • Managing and securing annual sponsorship for The Schools Triathlon and Ultimate News Quiz. Sponsors secured and managed include Flight Centre, Cazenove, Octopus and The Premier League.
  • Nominated for the Institute of Fundraising Rising Star Award in 2018 and part of ActionAid UK’s team nominated for best Fundraising Team in 2021.
  • Leading Restless Development’s UK Aid Match bid for £1 million including securing 6 communications partners.
  • Winning charity of the year and employee engagement partnerships with 6 telecommunications companies including TalkTalk and Navisite.