Testimonials

Our clients are diverse working in the UK and internationally within the social welfare, medical, and environmental sectors

 

“We worked with Abbey Solutions in November 2019 to develop a case for support for the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme and to do a donor mapping exercise for the programme. It was a pleasure to work with John and the consultant assigned to us, Haidee-Laure. She had a keen understanding of the work the programme was doing and really helped us to conceptualise it in a way that is attractive to donors. We really appreciated her responsiveness, adaptability to our needs, attention to detail and the sense of humour she brought to the work. We highly recommend Abbey Solutions to others working in both the NGO and academia sectors”.

Laura Craggs SSRP Programme Manager. University of Sussex 2019

 

“It was a real pleasure working with Abbey Solutions in May-June 2019. John and his colleague Haidee-Laure supported Amref Health Africa to review our trusts and foundations fundraising, including an in-depth assessment of our processes and ways of working, recommendations on resourcing and forecasting for the future, and a new, researched pipeline focusing on high-value prospects. From their initial response to our brief through to the final meetings, they were practical and responsive, and rather than give a generic response, they really focused on what Amref and I need right now to have the greatest impact on our fundraising. I hope to work with them again in the future!

Katie Greywood Head of Fundraising 2019

“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 Abbey Solutions’ services more”.

Mark Evans
CEO Waterloo Uncovered February 2020

 

“John Abbey’s strategic input was underpinned by his solid understanding of small charities. This meant that in addition to strategic advice we also benefited from useful practical advice, such as the development of trust pipelines. He was quite pragmatic, for example, in noting our reach is better suited to smaller corporations. We found this helpful to inform the development of a realistic fundraising strategy, which is feasible and achievable.”

Tomos Utting Fundraising and Partnerships Officer 2019

 

Haidee-Laure, Abbey Solutions’ lead NGO consultant has just completed a piece of consultancy work for us, to review our approach to fundraising, with a specific focus on Trusts and Foundations. I’m really happy with the report she’s prepared, which has clear and strategic reflections and recommendations. She also provided a longer list of T&F than we had requested, including partners, delivering well beyond the brief. I really enjoyed working with Haidee-Laure – she’s intelligent, experienced, warm and engaging, and really built my confidence during our mentoring sessions.

Kate Harrison Head of Programme Funding 2019

“John has transformed our fundraising with his hard work, commitment and vision. His ability to translate RAFT’s vision into tangible project plans makes him an important and essential part of the Executive Team”.

Leonor Stjepic CEO

 

This is what Mohammed Razaq told NCVO about our work with WSREC:

“We were very lucky to get the consultant that we did. Penny Cole working for Abbey Solutions was very hands on and gave us lots of templates to use for things like press releases, communications, and other things that we wouldn’t have had a clue where to start. She recommended that we apply for some enterprise support, which we did with her support and were successful. She recommended that we applied for core funding and gave us a list of funders to apply to – it really was a godsend.  She really was fantastic and of huge benefit to us”.

 

“Abbey Solutions produced a very good, concise report on our fundraising function which was invaluable in taking forward this exercise”.
Quarriers Director

 

“We have used the Trust services for many years. I must say the amount we have raised over the last 5 years due to their support has run into the hundreds of thousands. We are more than happy to recommend them”.
Mark Seymour, British Forces Foundation.

 

“Abbey Solutions was commissioned to carry out a HNWI appraisal which helped us develop a robust fundraising strategy for wealthy individuals” 

 

“Abbey Solutions supported us with health and education project funding from both UK and Hong Kong based Foundations helping hundreds of young people in the past 5 years”

 

“Abbey Solutions support with our Trust fundraising made a significant impact and has led to a large increase in Trust income over the years enabling us to help more life-limited and disabled children in hospices with opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have”

CEO Simone Enefer-Doy