Aquabox is a small disaster aid charity. We compared a large number of consultants before appointing Wootton George Consulting and we were not disappointed with our choice. Simon George worked well with us and quickly grasped the challenges we faced. With his clear thinking, insight and pleasant manner, he helped the Trustees to agree a robust Fundraising Strategy and he provided excellent value for money. We would certainly recommend Wootton George to other charities seeking support
John Holden, Trusee, Aquabox.
Caroline has been an absolute joy to work with and her expertise is of huge value. I look forward to continuing to work with her in 2017!
Emma Douglas, Head of Fundraising, British Trust for Ornithology
I have found Simon and Howard very easy to work with – they demonstrate good technical and strategic knowledge of their fundraising areas without using unnecessary jargon. Their fundraising strategies and drafts of donations & legacy leaflets have been extremely helpful. They have also been able to answer my questions without pretending that there are always simple answers to fundraising problems.
Roger Beckitt, Executive Director, Dementia Concern
Claire was very helpful, she understood our project and the funder’s requirements. She was able to make suggestions which would improve but not totally change the project. She reduced the amount of work I had to do, in contrast to some consultants I have worked with who have added to my workload! I’m sure that her input to our application was a significant factor in us being funded.
Ruth McCallum, Chief Officer, Care Network Cambridgeshire
The work that Amanda has completed around the cases for support is very good and will be very useful when we look in earnest at approaching foundations and trusts.
Pete Dempsey, CEO, Advocacy Matters
We got news from the Lottery and it was successful. The whole organisation is buzzing. We know it will be transformational. The capacity building funding is also incredibly welcome.Couldn't have done it without you. You were so helpful, knowledgeable, quick on the uptake and extremely competent. Very impressive and pleasure to work with. Thanks so very much for helping us get this grant. I hope we work together again at some point.
Katy Emck, CEO, Fine Cell Work
Thanks again Simon for your work on this, it's hugely helpful.
Mark Scott, CEO, Pioneers UK
This is the legacy campaign you worked with us on, still going strong & really paying off, 2015 is an all time record and by many miles!
Liz Clarke, Head of Fundraising and Marketing at Calibre Audio Library
We were more than happy with the work thanks. On time, fees known up front, etc. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend to others.
Norman Springford, Project Developer of the Ross Theatre, Edinburgh
We used Wootton George to help us rewrite our legacy materials and update our strategy. Simon George was very helpful and easy to work with and we’ve done well with legacies ever since.
Liz Clarke, Head of Fundraising and Marketing, Calibre Audio Library
Just a short email to thank you so much for all your hard work in searching and successfully finding funding for St George's. The funding we receive is really important in keeping our service going, providing help and support for a range of really vulnerable people. As a board of Trustees we recognise how difficult it is to find funders in the current economic climate. Please keep in touch and if you are able to visit us to meet some of the recipients of the funding you will be very welcome.
Richard Ashwell, Chair of the Board of Trustees, St George's House Charity.
I just wanted to email and thank you for all your help with the Lottery bid. I found out today that we've been awarded £476,766 over the next 5 years! Your help was invaluable, and I'm sure went a long way to making the bid successful.
Anne Dannerolle, Hull Community Church
I want to say a huge thank you for the training today, it has been absolutely great for our whole team and given us plenty of pointers on where to go next.
Amy Magee, Fundraising Manager, East Cheshire Hospice
Well done .... The good news is from a 3 year decline in Trust income we are already 47% up year on year. It’s a real area for growth for us, so your role there is integral to achieving overall income growth for the whole team…
Paul Stockwell, Head of Fundraising, Scripture Union
Clare was excellent and certainly helped us keep things going – the role was always meant to be a temporary form of support while we worked out what we wanted to do longer term and the fact that our income hasn’t plummeted is a good sign we’re doing OK and that Clare’s contribution worked.
Martin Holcombe, CEO at Birmingham Settlement
We would be very happy to recommend this service to other charities.
Peter Fabian, CEO AIDS Care Education and Training
Just a quick note to say how delighted we all are for your painstaking and effective work on our Lottery Application. Thank you very much for all you've done.
David East, Trustee, Home Start Stockton Green and Erdington
Thank you again for an excellent training course. I really enjoyed working together on it.
Cristina Tiberian, Online Content Editor, NCVO StudyZone.
The trust fundraising consultancy was successful, so much so that on the strength of the income raised they decided to appoint a fundraiser – me! I have been here over 2 years now and it is going well.
Barbara Parish - Fundraiser, Homestart Nottingham
Through Wootton George Consulting, we have been working with Caroline Dewfall for the last few months. Caroline very quickly became a member of our team and shares our commitment and enthusiasm for Straight Talking, which reflects strongly in her applications. She has already raised considerable funds from some unexpected sources, and we are so delighted to have her on board that we have extended the contract.
Hilary Pannack, Chief Executive, Straight Talking
The team at Wootton George Consulting has been really supportive and clearly have in-depth experience in their fields. Thank you for all you have done for our charity - we only wish we had found you sooner!
Irene Kohler, Director, Advocacy Plus
I enjoyed our meeting and took a lot from your advice on improving my applications.
Mark Buffey-Corrigan, Trusts & Major Donors Fundraiser, Douglas Macmillan Hospice
We are so grateful to the team at Wootton George, as without them we would not be here! In particular, our thanks to Claire who helped us win the lottery! Now we can focus on the real work of helping bereaved relatives, knowing that our charity and its work are secure.
Heather Landsberg, National Co-ordinator, SAMM
Thank you so much for completing the review. It is going to be incredibly helpful for our ongoing work.
Tim Wraith, Trust Fundraiser, Helen and Douglas House, Oxford
Many thanks for the excellent piece of work.
Andrew Simmonds, Head of Development, Animal Health Trust
Ros has been a great asset to the Church Urban Fund. She coached and mentored the team to set up systems and processes, undertake research and complete successful funding applications, one of which resulted in a large grant and the trust in question offering us more money than we asked for! Ros is hard working and diligent and fits easily into any team. I would highly recommend Wootton George Consulting.
Hannah du Gray, Fundraising manager, Church Urban Fund
Clare has provided an excellent service and we have really appreciated her knowledge, expertise and of course her effectiveness in raising funds for our work. We would be very happy to recommend this service to other charities.
Peter Fabian, CEO AIDS Care Education and Training
Wootton George Consulting provided regular mentoring support to me for six years, starting when I became the first paid Fundraiser for a local homelessness charity. I had no previous fundraising experience, and this support was invaluable in equipping me with the skills and knowledge I needed for areas such as trusts, statutory, community and legacy fundraising. In addition to the regular meetings, my mentor was always available via phone or email, so I never felt like I was being left to deal with everything on my own. Over the period, I was able to recruit two additional fundraisers, and the charity successfully diversified its income streams. I would highly recommend this mentoring support!
Amanda Kirkland, Head of Individual Development, UCB
Simon came to our charity's office for a day of mentoring specifically in the area of trust fundraising. I was able to get useful feedback on my applications, talk through the processes I was undertaking and ask those questions that you might not ask if in a room full of fundraisers. By the end of the day it was like I'd undertaken a mini audit of my work - in a positive way. I felt encouraged and assured in what I was doing but at the same time had been offered helpful advice in how I might build on it and move forward. To put it simply - it was the best and most valuable training I have ever had!
Cathryn Worth, Trust Fundraising Manager, Cure Leukaemia
Wootton George Consulting's knowledge and experience was a vital element in helping us develop and present new projects to attract the interest of trusts and foundations. The success of this strategy has already taken us to a position of greater flexibility in meeting our beneficiaries' needs, as well as a greater financial resilience.
Anthony Harmer, Chief Executive, East London Advanced Technology Training
Thank you so much for this very thorough, interesting and professional piece of work.
Bill Hannis, trustee, Warwickshire Association for the Blind
Thank you for the copy of the report... it looks very helpful and thorough. It will help to focus our activities in a number of ways... Please pass our appreciation of the work completed to date on to your colleagues at WG.
Alan Barclay, Chair of Trustees, Rutland House School for Parents
I would like to thank you for all the support and excellent work that Wootton George has given to LECWM over the many years we have worked together. Maxine has always delivered a very professional service in her fund-raising and been a valued part of the LECWM team... Maxine was always very organised in all her work and extremely committed to LECWM. The high quality of her bids meant that we attracted substantial amounts of funding over the years and a comprehensive list of regular donors. I have enjoyed working with Maxine and am very grateful for all the excellent work she has delivered and systems she has set up for LECWM.
Sybille Finnegan, CEO, Life Education Centres West Midlands
I can't thank you enough for your efforts with the bids... thank you also for such an informative spreadsheet to track progress. You have been a pleasure to work with and I really hope we will be able to work together in the future!
Anna Reeves, Trustee, Communication Matters
The research work was brilliant, thank you. I'm pleased with the outcome.
Sharon Gearing, Major Donor & Trust Account Manager, RSPCA
It has been a real pleasure working with Wootton George Consulting. Their results have been fantastic. As a company, they are very professional, knowledgeable, flexible and easy to work with.
Kate Shaw, Ripple Appeal Manager
I would be delighted to recommend Lorna and your consultancy to other organisations.
Lynne Farnell, Head of Fundraising, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
Claire's initial work was focused on developing and implementing our fundraising strategy for our Capital Project to create Graeae's first home in its 30 year history. It was our most ambitious fundraising campaign to date and with just over £500,000 to raise in less than 12 months, a not inconsiderable challenge. But from the start the working relationship was an easy one and Claire quickly was able to capture the spirit and culture of Graeae's aspirations for our new building. This understanding of the company's ethos and her ability to speak Graeae's "language", has meant that as our fundraising campaign moves from capital to revenue and training and education projects, we have been able to work swiftly to transform ideas into tangible, well-funded projects. I look forward to continuing our successful and hugely enjoyable relationship.
Judith Kilvington, Executive Director, Graeae Theatre Company, London
Things are going well on the trust fundraising front and we have already passed our target for this year... Ros is excellent and I feel we made a good choice in appointing Wootton George.
Elizabeth Twining, Head of Fundraising, Calibre Audio Library
Wootton George have provided a very professional and adaptable service, where concrete results have had a major impact on the direction of our work.
Manager, Sybille Finnegan, Life Education Centres, West Midlands
As a result of your help, we have just received funding for the Young Carers Project for the next 2-3 (£128,500 in all). Thank you for all your help!
Jenny Alphonse, Director - Camden Crossroads
We are delighted with what has been achieved and would happily recommend Wootton George Consulting to other charities!
Dr Simon Jenner, Director, Survivors' Poetry
Working with Claire has been a joy! She has been wonderful to us - exactly what we all needed...Thanks again for such great work - we all really appreciate it.
Steve Mannix, CEO - Shape Arts
Thanks for all you have done for CLDF - it has been enormously important and something I won't forget. It is greatly appreciated.
Catherine Arkley, Chief Executive - Children's Liver Disease Foundation
The report enabled the hospice to clearly identify funding opportunities in the short, medium and long term and its recommendations on structure and direction were fully accepted. A number of the recommendations have already been put in place including the recruitment of staff with relevant experience to implement the proposed plans. The hospice has already started to see the positive benefit in terms of increase in revenues and will continue to build on these over the next few years.
John Savage, General Manager, Nightingale House Hospice
Thanks for your report, which... I find very clear and helpful - in other words, just what I was looking for.
Roger Nelson, Executive Producer - Graeae Theatre Company
Thanks for all your assistance with producing a long overdue fundraising strategy. It was not only immensely helpful, but the process was also great fun - and that was no mean feat!
Niall Cooper, National Co-ordinator - Church Action on Poverty
It has changed my view of funding consultancies and I have already recommended Wootton George Consulting to other colleagues in the voluntary sector. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the opening of our new building!
Anne Dannerolle, Appeals Chair - Hull Community Church
Once again I would like to thank and congratulate Wootton George Consulting for their efforts on our behalf. This is a superb result, which more than justifies our investment. They have provided both expertise and capacity to enable us to win this grant, which will take our work to the next level. We would happily recommend them to other charities.
Martin Simon, Executive Director - Time Banks UK
All Trustees wanted to say a big thank you for facilitating our organisational strengths review. They were so impressed that they are hoping you would be free to facilitate our 5 year strategic planning session.
Vicki Hook, Business Director, Acacia Family Support
The evaluation was really helpful for us, and played a significant part in ensuring that the project's funding was extended for the additional year. It was really helpful in showing the good work that was being carried out on the ground, and the impact it was having on vulnerable people.
Ian Trinder, Area Manager, SMART