Amy Stevens

Chief Executive

Leeds is my home. As a Yorkshire girl, born in Sheffield, I came to Leeds for university. Now, after more than 15 years advising Third Sector organisations, it’s a really exciting place to be working in.

Not surprisingly, I’m really proud of the way we’ve grown the business in the North. As Chief Executive of Gifted, I’m committed to strengthening our presence here and at the same time building exceptional fundraising partnerships across the UK and overseas. Our work in Ireland, Italy, Thailand, Dubai and Nepal has involved everything from feasibility studies to strategy development, capital campaigns and bid writing. And, our work at home continues to respond to new challenges and the demands of fundraising in an ever changing economic landscape.

Partnering with us

We all value great partnerships. The sort of relationships where trust is a given and the chemistry feels really exciting. This has always been at the core of our philosophy at Gifted. Working with outstanding people, to develop creative, bespoke and successful fundraising solutions is what we enjoy most.

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 National Lottery Heritage Fund 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.

Saying it like it is

I have a lot to thank my Yorkshire roots for. One of the most important things that living here has taught me is that clients appreciate clarity. They engage us to speak honestly, think creatively and advise wisely – hopefully that’s what they get from me!

Exceptional fundraising also requires a healthy optimism and a conviction that persistence usually bring the rewards you are looking for. And when you get them, it’s important to celebrate. There’s nothing more satisfying than being invited back by clients to revisit a project and be part of the opening event!

Instilling the confidence to succeed

At Gifted, our approach is to recognise that there’s no one size fits all when it comes to developing the most effective fundraising strategy or programme. 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 church sponsorship ventures in the UK. This only happens when you understand the road an organisation has travelled and can bring the insight required to help them navigate the next bend. For example, 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 a tailored advice, based on sound fundraising principles, is what really counts.

My own experience of running campaigns and guiding fundraising strategies for faith, education, animal welfare, health and community organisations 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 and in my role as a Trustee for the Southern Thailand Elephant Foundation, it’s about helping leaders understand that a personal, direct approach to maximising fundraising targets, is what matters most.

Further information

Client assignments

Arts, Culture & Heritage

  • Museum of Uttoxeter Life
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Queen Street School Preservation Trust
  • Rochdale Music Service
  • Rochdale Town Hall
  • The Egypt Exploration Society
  • The Leeds Library
  • The Prince's Regeneration Trust
  • Victoria Baths Trust

Education & Youth

  • City of London Freeman's School
  • King's School Macclesfield
  • Manchester High School for Girls
  • Old Palace Girls' School, Croydon
  • Richmond House School, Leeds
  • Ripon Grammar School, North Yorkshire
  • Seas Your Future
  • St John's College, Nottingham
  • The British School at Rome
  • University of St Andrews
  • Wakefield Grammar School Foundation

Cathedrals & Churches

  • Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust
  • Blackburn Cathedral
  • Cathedral Isle of Man
  • Christ Church Ardsley
  • Christ Church Cathedral Dublin
  • Christ Church Dore
  • Holy Trinity Sutton Coldfield
  • Peterborough Cathedral
  • Seacombe United Reformed Church
  • St Albans Cathedral
  • St Luke's Sheffield
  • St Mary's Dalton
  • St Marylebone Parish Church
  • St Olaf's Wasdale Head
  • St Paul's Knightsbridge
  • St Paul's Witherslack
  • St Peter's Morley
  • St Peter's Stockton

Civic & Community

  • CPRE Peak District & South Yorkshire
  • Dippy on Tour North West
  • Dublin City Council
  • Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust
  • Leeds Children's Charity
  • Saffron Walden Almshouses
  • Southern Thailand Elephant Foundation
  • The Almshouse Association
  • The Kennel Club Charitable Trust
  • Wren Hall Trust

Health & Welfare

  • Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire
  • Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust
  • Bolton NHS Charitable Fund
  • Bradford Hospitals' Charity
  • Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity
  • Cambridge Children's Hospital
  • Challenging MND
  • Colchester Hospitals Charity
  • Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation
  • Leeds Hospitals' Charity
  • Livability
  • Mid Yorkshire Hospitals' Charity
  • Myton Hospice
  • NorthCare Charity
  • RCDSC Nepal
  • Refuge
  • The Omère Foundation, Dubai
  • Treetops Hospice Care
  • Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

Sports & Recreation

  • Nene Park Trust
  • Fair Action
  • Trent Rowing Club
  • Ullswater Yacht Club
Services list

Feasibility Studies
Campaign Management

Strategy Reviews and Development Audits
Periodic Consulting

Legacies
Communications

“We’ve come leaps as bounds as a charity in recent years but embarking on a major capital campaign still felt a little out of our reach. Gifted helped us to test our vision and give us a clear plan for the way forward through which we can both confidently launch our major campaign and also continue to increase revenues and grow donor relationships in other areas of the charity.”
Matt England Associate Director of Planning and Partnerships Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

"The planning of Dippy on Tour North West has been fun, inspiring and challenging all at the same time. We enlisted Gifted to add extra capacity to our team for this major project and Amy's professional guidance has been invaluable in shaping and delivering our plans."
Darren Grice, Deputy Chief Executive, Link4Life

Get in touch

To arrange a no-obligation discussion of your fundraising needs, contact [email protected] or call Leeds 0113 350 1337