Neela Jane Stansfield (MInstF) is a major gifts fundraising specialist, with over a decade of experience working with trusts, foundations and high net worth individuals.
Neela Jane has worked across the international development, health and education sectors, including five years with UNICEF UK. Whilst at UNICEF, she led the trusts and foundations team as interim Head of Foundation Partnerships and then as Head of Private Funding, responsible for an annual income budget of over £10million. Prior to UNICEF, she worked for Marie Curie Cancer Care and The Stroke Association in the UK, and Chatteris Educational Foundation in Hong Kong.
Neela Jane was also Chair of the Institute of Fundraising (IoF)’s Trusts and Statutory Special Interest Group for six years, leading a membership body of 4,000 fundraisers across the UK, and a board member and presenter at the IoF National Convention – the largest fundraising conference in Europe.
She holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Nottingham and a diploma in fundraising from the IoF, and has written about major gifts fundraising for Third Sector magazine and The Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network. She has also been a Trustee for an international children’s charity, Children in Crisis, and is currently a Trustee for ATLEU – the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit, working to provide safety, recovery and redress for victims of trafficking and modern slavery.
Neela Jane lives in London with her husband and two little girls. In her spare time she loves going for a run, having run a few charity marathons, playing the piano and hiding in the cupboard eating chocolate biscuits when the kids aren’t looking.