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Testimonials

The digital fundraising training sessions provided by Howard Lake were incredibly useful – hugely informative, pragmatic and realistic. We were hugely impressed by Howard’s willingness to share his extensive knowledge and how it might be best used in our organisations to create quick wins and generate longer term income

Clare Thomas, CEO, Age UK Worcester & Malvern Hills

Having worked with Simon at Wootton George Consulting Ltd for a number of years, I have been extremely pleased with the services offered and the work done by Simon and his team. Most recently Simon has supported us to totally re-design our legacy programme and this has now been launched. We are very pleased to have Wootton George Consulting as part of our fundraising team and look forward to working with them in the future

Steve Baylis, Head of Development, Archdiocese of Birmingham, Cathedral House

I just wanted to drop you an email to say a huge thank you for the training sessions you have provided. They have been really helpful and there are some really good things we can research to help our digital fundraising efforts

Sarah McDowall, Marketing Coordinator, Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire

What a great job you have done in the time that you’ve been with us. Thanks to you both.

Nick Farthing, Development & Income Generation Director, Hospice in the Weald

It's a really nice document and the recommendations have been really useful

Joe Shaw, Director of Operations, The Urban Studies Foundation

We are very happy with the cases for support that Rebecca has prepared for us. She very quickly gained a good understanding of what we do, despite it being an area she initially knew little about and her writing has given us a valuable, external perspective to our funding bids.

Julie Court, Chief Operating Officer, Garden Organic

Wootton George Consulting were commissioned by our charity to create compelling copy for an important fundraising booklet. We found them very efficient and pleasant to work with, and the quality of the copywriting was outstanding. Having taken the time to get to know us, they produced copy which beautifully articulated who we are and what we are trying to achieve. Would highly recommend, and would definitely use them again in the future.

Jason Brooke, Trustee, the Brooke Heritage Trust

We wanted to extend our thanks to Wootton George Consulting for the evaluation that you provided for us for our recent project in Wales... Your report gave us new insights into our work, and has led to us to be able to apply for funding with the affirmation of our members.... Thank you to all at Wootton George for your understanding, your patience and support, and for holding up the mirror to our organisation and allowing us to create a better service for all those that need us.

Shirley Scotcher, Director of Fundraising, Trading and Marketing, Deafblind UK

We were delighted with the support we received from Wooton George Consulting, who took the time to listen to our situation and understand our needs before preparing a realistic and deliverable strategy. A lovely team to work with, I would definitely recommend!

Rachel Alcock, Director of Income Generation, East Cheshire Hospice

Claire is just amazing and Home-Start Birmingham North and Inner City would not be offering the wide range of support for families without Claire's input, in fact, we may not have been here at all....our funding applications have been very successful and I know that this is down to the quality of Claire's applications. Our Trustees are also very happy with Claire and the results she achieves for us.

Alison Foden, Home Start Birmingham North and Inner City

Wootton George Consulting matched us with an outstanding consultant who is very efficient, easy to work with, knows the field and has found us new funders and put together excellent funding applications. We are currently at about a 500% return on investment and are waiting on further applications so this is set to rise.

Katy Emck, CEO, Fine Cell Work

Your report has been widely used and heralded so thank you for that. It carries more weight as it has an external label than if I had said some of the same things!

Jennie Comerford, National Grants Officer, Field Studies Council
Thanks very much, we are really delighted (with a £300,000 grant). It will have a huge effect on the projects we can deliver over the next couple of years.
Kevin Walsh, Operations Director, Graeae Theatre Company.
We've had a good look through the draft evaluation and are delighted with all your hard work.  Thank you
Mike Wycherley, Regional Manager, Deafblind UK
Thank you for your excellent report - there's some real food for thought and lots of potential.
Vicky Pember, Fundraising Manager, Read for Good
We continue to be delighted with Caroline and her work.
Leuan Evans, Director of Engagement, British Trust for Ornithology
We really appreciate the work you have done for us - many thanks.
James Roberts, Infrastructure Coordinator, Citizens Advice Peterborough
Just a quick word of thanks for your good work. I've looked at the edited version and found that it reads well.
Guido Braschi, New Horizons
Sarah managed and supported the team well, was easy to work with and was flexible in adapting to meet our needs.
Kate Steele, Chief Executive, Shine
The Service we received was extremely positive and value for money and helped move us forward as an organisation. Thank you
Ray Goodwin, Chief Executive, Spitfire Advice and Support Services
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

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