Carol Akiwumi is a social entrepreneur, fundraising consultant, trainer and inspirational speaker with a passion for Stewardship and diversity; helping individuals and organisations to unlock their potential in those areas. She is the CEO of RAA Solutions, a creative fundraising and training consultancy and a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising (IOF). A Fellow of the IOF and member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals USA, Carol has an MA in Economics and Finance from the University of Leeds and currently serves as the Chair of the IOF’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Carol is the founder and CEO of Money4Youth, a movement delivering financial education, entrepreneurship and capacity building training across the world. She is the host of the weekly podcast: four minutes in fundraising and her work prioritises young people, girls, women and disadvantaged communities.
Having started out her career as an investment banker, she has brought her skills and experience to bear as a senior manager and consultant to several national and international organisations. Her expertise includes creating bespoke strategies, programmes and tools for capacity building and resource mobilisation, as well as developing high level partnerships with major donors, community groups and business leaders on four continents.
Carol has worked on assignments in Nigeria for Fundraising Training Ltd and has been a co-tutor for our Bid Writing Boot Camp. She has also been a tutor for our blended learning programme in Kenya for the Advocacy Accelerator.
- Module Two, Webinar One: Results Based Project Design
- Module Two: Webinar Two: Mastering Successful Proposals
Catharine has been fundraising since 1995. Catharine is an all-round fundraising specialist, with key strengths in, and experience of, providing the following services to charities:Fundraising audits and reviews
- Fundraising strategy
- Start-ups fundraising operations
- Qualitative marketing research
- Research of funding opportunities
- Establishment of new trust, grants and major donor fundraising programmes
- Development of new funding relationships and income streams
- Process development
- Management of organisational change projects
- Bid and report writing
- Interim management
- Team recruitment, training and mentoring
Over the last 20 years, Catharine has worked in a variety of fundraising management, associate consultancy and freelance roles for a range of organisations of different sizes and sectors. These include: Isabel Hospice, Brooke, YMCA Central Herts, Rethink, Sue Ryder, Minority Rights Group, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, The Mulberry Centre, Diabetes UK, The Duke of Edinburgh Award, and Feba. As an Associate of ours, Catherine is currently working with The Jewish Museum.
Catharine is a full certificated member of the Institute of Fundraising, with a MSc in Charity Fundraising and Marketing (Distinction), MA in Peace Studies, and BSc in Sociology.
- Module Four, Webinar Two: Assessing and Managing Relationships
- Module Four: Webinar Two: Donor Development Plans
Lee has been a professional fundraiser since 2002 when he became one of the very first members of Fundraising Training Ltd’s renowned Fundraising Training Programme. Lee is currently Head of Fundraising at Florence Nightingale Hospice in Aylesbury and has also successfully carried out trust fundraising for a variety of causes including medical research, vulnerable families, older people and bereaved children, doubling trust income in nearly every organisation he has worked in.
Lee is passionate about supporting junior fundraisers and raising standards in the sector, including presenting at four consecutive National Fundraising Conventions, tutoring more than 20 new fundraisers, mentoring experienced fundraisers and setting up a thriving Chilterns Trust Fundraising Network. Lee is a former treasurer of the Institute of Fundraising, Chilterns Region.
Alongside his professional roles, Lee has consistently volunteered for local causes encompassing mental health, older people and animals. Lee holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics and Psychology from the University of Leicester, with a final year dissertation on the impact of music on helping behaviour.
- Module One, Webinar Three: Using the Research Tools
- Module Three: Webinar Two: Networking
Rob Parton specialises in all aspects of trusts and major grant fundraising. Working as a professional fundraiser for over eighteen years he has directly raised some £20 million pounds across a variety of causes covering the arts, heritage, community, social welfare, human rights, and disability. Throughout his career he has built good knowledge and working relationships with all of the UK’s major funders.
Rob has led a number of successful fundraising strategies to significantly increase income across a range of charities, holding senior management positions at the Barbican, Shape Arts, Volunteering Matters, and Freedom from Torture among others. While managing and developing fundraising teams, he has also played a lead role in securing numerous significant five, six and seven figures grants.
In March 2019, Rob established his own fundraising consultancy, Amplify which helps non-profit organisations to grow and diversify fundraised income no matter where they are in their fundraising. Through this he offers expert guidance in fundraising strategies including prospect research, project planning, stakeholder and partnership engagement, funding applications, grant management, and evaluation.
With a thoughtful and flexible approach, Rob is passionate about enabling organisations to develop and better articulate their work - prioritising need and emphasising the impact that their work has on society.
- Module Two, Webinar Three: Persuasive Story Telling
- Module Three: Webinar One: Developing a Prospect Pipeline
Chupa has over 20 years of fundraising experience and has developed and delivered strategic and innovative fundraising plans against ambitious targets. She has worked across a broad range of revenue streams: trusts and foundations, corporations, statutory and bilateral/multilaterals, and has worked in both large ($50 million annual turnover) and small ($2 million turnover) charities/NGOs in the UK, USA and Africa.
She has successfully raised funds for diverse causes including a political party, disabilities, human rights, health, youth, education, HIV/AIDS and international development. Chupa has experience in community development, training, grant making, governance, and volunteering. She is passionate about African philanthropy and has recently set up and run a Community Foundation in Zambia which inspires local giving and supports community-based organisations through providing grants and developing their capacity.
- Module Three, Webinar Three: Face-to-Face Negotiating
Anna is a global foundation & philanthropy fundraiser and partnerships specialist, with over 18 years’ professional experience in managing and developing high-level strategic 7 figure + global funding partnerships with Trusts, Foundations, HNWIs and Institutional/Government donors, including Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Childrens’ Investment Fund Foundation, Big Lottery Fund and DFID.
Anna is passionate about human rights and international development and has been working in senior management roles at NGOs and UN agencies including, UNICEF, UNHCR and International Rescue Committee.
Anna has been leading global foundation fundraising strategies and managing complex humanitarian funding programmes. She has also managed and supported high performing international fundraising teams and developed foundation training courses for fundraisers from all over the world.
Anna is also one of the first members of the Fundraising Training Ltd Trust Fundraising Training Programme. She is currently working as global foundation fundraising consultant and trainer based in Sweden. Anna has an LLB (Hons) in Law and a Masters in Development Management.
- Module Four, Webinar Four: A Trust Fundraising Plan
Bill has been a professional fundraiser since 1984. Over those 30 years Bill has had experience of every fundraising method, from direct mail, community fundraising to raising money from companies and charitable trusts. He has been a senior manager or Director of Marketing for four national charities in the UK: Scope, BTCV, Children’s Aid Direct and FARM-Africa. In 1998 Bill established his own fundraising training and consultancy business.
Bill also helps organisations to develop and improve their fundraising strategies and current clients include: New Economics Foundation; the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA); the British Stammering Association, Parkinson’s UK and Sightsavers. Alongside working with the larger charities, Bill also supports small community groups. Working with local NGOs, mainly in East Africa, is another strand to his fundraising.
Bill has developed and run training courses and consultancy projects all over the world. Since 1998, he has had extensive experience of supporting fundraising by local NGOs in Africa.
Bill provides consultancy and training service for grant makers, in order to support their beneficiaries. Recently he has undertaken such work for GAME group plc, the Segal Family Foundation and Porticus in the UK and Africa.
A fundraising trainer since 1992, Bill is recognised as one of the most experienced and knowledgeable fundraisers in the UK, especially in the field of grantseeking from charitable trusts and government bodies.
In 2012, Bill was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising in the UK.
- Module One, Webinar One: Understanding Grantmakers
- Module One: Webinar Two: Setting Research Aims and Objectives
- Module Two, Webinar Three: Writing Techniques
- Module Three, Webinar Four: Working as a Team to Engage Donors
- Module Four, Webinar One: Target Setting Formulas