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Management Consultant
Fundraising and Market Consultant
Marketing Consultant
Major Giving Consultant
Senior Consultant
Office Manager
Weston Park Cancer Charity was in the habit of refreshing its fundraising plan once a year but wanted to be a bit more long-term in its thinking, particularly because some of its fundraising ideas were ‘slow-burn’ and might not bear fruit for a number of years.
Over the last few years I feel we have been in a ‘great depression’ within the charity sector. This has been fuelled by numerous negative media stories and more recently the introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
Bid Writing and Prospect Research Consultant
Having recently read 79 applications for one role, and 6 for another, I have become a bit blasé about ‘passionate’, ‘committed’, ‘high achiever’, ‘driven’, ‘results orientated’ ….. you see the same words and phrases coming up again and again.
Management Consultant & Mentor
Market Research Consultant
Individual Giving Consultant
Bid Writing Consultant
Fundraising and Marketing Consultant
Governance and Strategy Consultant
Associate Consultant
Research and Bid Writing Executive
Bid Writing and Prospect Research Consultant
It was Warren Buffet who once said “It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it” – a statement that resonates more today than ever before; except these days when a damaging social media post can travel the world in a click of a mouse, it can only take five seconds.
Finance Manager
Fundraising Consultant
Do you remember having to do homework for your first day of the new school year: ‘What I did in my summer holidays’. Maybe 'What I learned in my summer holidays' is more valuable? Either way, I'm sure my favourite English teacher, Miss Lovatt, would say this post is 30 years' overdue.
I’ve been a professional project manager for over 20 years and freelance for about 10.  Because of that, I take it for granted that ‘project management matters’ and assume that everyone feels the same way.
Market Research Consultant
British Paralympic Association
Pilgrims Friend Society
Pilgrims Friend Society
Management Consultant
Associate Consultant
Family Support Work
Prospect Research Consultant
The most honest feedback I receive in life is after the final whistle is blown and I’m sitting in the pub with my mates.  For me, the feedback is often brutal as they take turns to analyse my football skills, detailing my ‘lack of pace’ in trying to keep up with the pacey 17-year-old...
Senior Consultant
When it comes to publicising the work of your charity, a good website is essential. We hear from a lot of people who know this but feel hamstrung by cost, saying it will require £20k or more. Well, you might be encouraged to learn that our new website was designed, built and written for less than £10k.
An appeal for a major capital project is not an everyday occurrence for most organisations, and if this is outside the experience of all the key people (eg trustees, senior management team) it can be very difficult to know where to start.
This may seem an extraordinary topic to explore in a charity sector newsletter, but over the past 12 months Action Planning has worked with at least 6 organisations for whom this was a significant issue.
As a former CEO of a smaller sized charity relying heavily on individual giving, I fully understand the concern felt by many small and medium sized charities regarding the implementation of the new Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and e-Privacy Regulation coming into effect in May 2018.

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