Charity Fundraising Recruitment


Abbey Solutions Recruitment provides a comprehensive tailored and cost effective fundraising recruitment service for charities and NGOs.


“As a young charity, fundraising is vital to Waterloo Uncovered. So who we hire and how we hire them, is something we take really seriously. It is also something we don’t have as much experience in as we would like, and why we asked John Abbey for support and advice. With all his experience, John helped us design and run the recruitment process, which has helped us recruit the person we are confident is right for the job. We couldn’t recommend his services more”.

Mark Evans
CEO Waterloo Uncovered 2020


Is it time to take a different approach?

Abbey Solutions has been established for over 21 years. John Abbey who founded the company has significant experience in Trust, Corporate, Major Donor, Individual Giving, Legacy and Events fundraising. In that time John and his team of dedicated consultants have achieved remarkable results for charities and NGOs.

The team understands what makes a great fundraiser, team player and leader, and how to identify the right candidate for any fundraising role.

Abbey Solutions works with NGOs in the UK and internationally,  UK social welfare charities and environmental organisations, social enterprises and foundations.

Our clients are diverse, from Amref Health Africa to the Campaign for National Parks, Royal Hospital Chelsea (home of the Chelsea Pensioners), Montessori Group and London Fire Brigade. We pride ourselves in always putting forward candidates that are exceptional with a proven track record.


Why we really are different?

We don’t believe in zoom. Let’s put that another way. In terms of interviewing candidates we believe it is generally not a good idea to hire someone based on a zoom or teams or skype or any other video meeting format. There is simply no substitute for meeting candidates face to face if possible. 2020 has been difficult, but there is hope for 2021, once we get through the first few months.

There are always exceptions based on individual health concerns. Of course there are, but when ever possible we would always advise interviews take place in person.  We have seen many agencies jump to zoom as a first option, but for us, it’s the last option.

There are some great recruitment agencies out there, but they tend to be recruitment agencies employing recruitment consultants with little or no hands-on fundraising experience.

We are offering something different. Our staff are not just experienced recruitment advisors, they also have an active and ongoing distinguished career in fundraising to director level. We believe it doesn’t really get any better than having an experienced fundraiser and senior manager recruit for a position they personally understand and know what it takes to succeed.


How we recruit

We are proactive in our search for candidates. Advertising vacancies is just one element, but we certainly do not rely on online job sites or Linkedin. We access our extensive networks built up over 20 years and have a strong database of potential candidates to choose from.

We can recruit for interim, contract and permanent positions across all levels from fundraising officers to Director level fundraising and communication positions. We can support you at the interview stage or develop the entire recruitment process, tailored to your organisation. We have specialist HR personnel to help with this process.


Areas that we actively recruit for

Trusts/Foundations fundraisers
Corporate Fundraisers
Major Donor fundraisers
Events fundraisers
Direct Marketing fundraisers
Community fundraisers
Head/Director of Fundraising


Recent Clients include:

Royal Hospital Chelsea
Waterloo Uncovered
RAFT Medical Research
Amref Health Africa

For further information please contact us by phone 0207 859 4701 or visit our contact page for email details.

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