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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
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
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
What a great job you have done in the time that you’ve been with us. Thanks to you both.
It's a really nice document and the recommendations have been really useful
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I enjoyed our meeting and took a lot from your advice on improving my applications.
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.
Thank you so much for completing the review. It is going to be incredibly helpful for our ongoing work.
Many thanks for the excellent piece of work.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Thank you so much for this very thorough, interesting and professional piece of work.
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.
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.
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!
The research work was brilliant, thank you. I'm pleased with the outcome.
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.
I would be delighted to recommend Lorna and your consultancy to other organisations.
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.
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.
Wootton George have provided a very professional and adaptable service, where concrete results have had a major impact on the direction of our work.
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!
We are delighted with what has been achieved and would happily recommend Wootton George Consulting to other charities!
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.
Thanks for all you have done for CLDF - it has been enormously important and something I won't forget. It is greatly appreciated.
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.
Thanks for your report, which... I find very clear and helpful - in other words, just what I was looking for.
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!
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!
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.
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