Abbey Solutions has over 20 years experience in Trust fundraising research and support with preparing bids to charitable trusts and foundations.
We support all areas from children through to environmental causes. Our research is backed-up by probably the most comprehensive and certainly the most up to date database of over 2,000 Trusts.
With offices in Central London, SW London, Glasgow and Cambridge and consultants in other parts of the UK we understand the local landscape you are working in. The clients we have reflect our nationwide reach and local response. These include Royal Hospital Chelsea (Home of the Chelsea Pensioners), Befriend a Child in Aberdeen, St Clare Hospice, and the Margaret Clitherow Trust in Buckinghamshire.
“John Abbey’s strategic input was underpinned by a solid understanding of smaller/medium charities. This meant that in addition to strategic advice we also benefited from useful practical advice, such as the development of trust pipelines.” Campaign for National Parks.
Our success – Raising money from Trusts and Foundations
We can prove our recent successes. In July 2020 we secured a single donation of £100,000 for a hospice, and a single donation of £120,000 in June 2020 for an ex-service charity. In the recent past (2018) we secured a one off grant of nearly £300,000 from a Trust that had never donated such a level of funding before. This was achieved through detailed research and building a relationship, with two meetings John Abbey attended over a 6 month period. All the donations secured above were through the research and approach Abbey Solutions’ consultants made. None of them were recurring grants or were known to the charities before.
Trust research – Our approach
Getting the latest information from Trusts is crucial and this can only be done if you talk to the administrator or Trustees. Even a Trust’s website can be out of date and all the hard copy and online directories we have looked at cannot be totally relied on. In our opinion sending out applications without verifying criteria, and having that conversation with the Trust is almost a complete waist of time. At best it will reduce the income you will secure. In these times of pandemic and investments likely to be squeezed due to economic inactivity getting the approach right is critical.
We cannot stress enough the importance of verbal contact. In an age of emailing it makes all the difference, because most people do not do it.
After 20 years of writing appeals, meeting with Trustees and administrators, law firms and accountancy firms that manage many of the Trusts’ affairs, we have built up strong relationships with most of the large foundations and many of the medium sized Trusts around the country. We have also been recommended by some of the Country’s leading Foundations. This gives us unparalleled insight into what donors are looking for and the approach charities should be taking.
What we can do for your charity
We can work with your team to further develop the Trust pipeline, carry out tailored training, or help with developing new appeals. If Trust fundraising is new to your organisation we can become your Trust fundraising team until it’s up and running and you feel confident enough to employ a Trust fundraiser. We are currently doing this for Waterloo Uncovered and St Clare Hospice We can also provide cover during leave or sickness.
What you will always get from us is highly detailed research and clear powerful proposals that tell the story, detail the impact and have the financials to back it up.
Whether you are a large established organisation that wishes to build on the success you already have with Trust fundraising or a smaller charity that wants to access local funds, we will be able to assist you in building a robust and sustainable income stream.
Our services include:
- Trust/Foundation health check
- Developing a structured plan with a robust pipeline
- Develop and write bids, appeals and case for support
- Trust fundraising training
- Recruit experienced trust fundraisers
We now have a dedicated trust fundraising site which covers everything from bid writing to bespoke trust fundraising training. Please visit Trustfundraisinguk