Amy Stevens CFRE
Saying it like it is…
The way I work has a lot to do with the things I get up to when I'm not working. I've always loved competitive sports and feel happiest facing a challenge; whether it’s a triathlon or diving with hammerhead sharks. For me, exceptional fundraising runs on the same sort of energy, courage and discipline. It also requires a healthy optimism and a conviction that persistence usually bring the rewards you’re looking for. And when you get them, it’s important to celebrate. Just ask any of my clients about my victory dance...
What do I think about Gifted partnerships?
We all value great partnerships. The sort of relationships where trust is a given and the chemistry feels really exciting. I like to think this is at the core of our philosophy at Gifted. Working with outstanding people, to develop creative, bespoke and successful fundraising solutions is what we really enjoy doing.
Our clients are exceptional. They come to us from a wide range of sectors, experts in their field and committed to big visions that can be exhilarating and nerve wracking at the same time. It’s a privilege to work alongside talented people, who are looking to lean on us as experienced fundraising partners; whether this is around crafting HLF bids or training leadership teams in major gift approaches. Our aim is to generate positive relationships that don’t dodge the difficult conversations and take ambitious projects through to completion.
My own experience of running campaigns and guiding fundraising strategy for cathedrals, schools, universities and hospitals has put me right at the heart of some inspirational philanthropy. Given close support and professional mentoring, I've witnessed even the most anxious of leadership teams overcome their concerns about peer to peer asking. With every new client I meet, it’s about helping them understand that a personal, direct approach to maximising fundraising targets, is what matters most.
It’s a ‘no’ to formula fundraising.
I've never been a fan of unintelligent fundraising. Nobody wins when a campaign tag reads “one size fits all”. Our clients are unique organisations, usually with very specific goals. Some need our expertise in raising the potential of their grant applications, others in building the support of corporate sponsors. When our partners break new ground and achieve six or seven figure gifts, the effects on their organisation are often dramatic and dynamic.
We've seen school leadership teams energised with confidence and devised cathedral corporate giving programmes that are now amongst some of the most successful sponsorship ventures in the UK. This only happens when you understand the road an organisation has travelled and can lend the insight required to help them navigate the next bend. We might suggest hands-on assistance with a targeted university campaign, provide board-level strategy development for an Arts organisation, or deliver asking for the money workshops to an NHS charity; whatever the solution turns out to be, our experience tells us that tailored advice, based on sound fundraising principles, is what really counts.
To arrange a no-obligation discussion of your fundraising needs, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Leeds 0113 350 1337
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