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De Montfort University

De Montfort University Rooted In History

De Montfort may be one of our younger universities, but its connections are rooted in the 13th century.

Originating from the Leicester School of Art in 1870, De Montfort University (DMU) was granted university status in 1992 and took its name from Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, who established the very first parliament in 1265. Today, the University has around 20,000 students and its international strength permeates its four faculties of Art, Design and Humanities, Business and Law, Health and life Sciences, and Technology. Recently, DMU has also invested around £136 million in developing its city centre site, to improve teaching rooms, eating areas and the Students’ Union, as well as to enhance the green space that surrounds the campus.

Prioritising the focus on good governance

Since January 2019, Gifted has been working with the Advancement Office to conduct a high-level review of DMU’s fundraising policies and procedures. The aim has been to complete an objective examination of the current guidance, assessing this against the criteria of need and accepted best practice. Gifted was also invited to make recommendations on any new policies and procedures that would support the University’s focus on good governance.

“It’s been a pleasure to assist the Advancement team in creating a robust set of fundraising policies and procedures for approval, communication and implementation,” says Andrew Day. “These guidelines form a bedrock of trust and confidence that students, stakeholders and the general public collectively value.”

If your organisation is considering a review of its fundraising strategy or needs support with an audit of its current policies and procedures, why not get in touch with one of our directors and ask for an initial, no-obligations discussion.