mark butcher associates
sustainability | skills | strategy

Raise money for your organisation or cause.

We can offer you advice and guidance

We've advised organisations such as Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Northern Roots Jazz and Blues Club and Pennywell Neighbourhood Centre how to improve their bids to trusts and businesses. We've written fundraising strategies for the Percy Hedley School, Lawnmowers Theatre and Oxfordshire County Council. We've mentored individual fundraisers and helped them to progress in their careers.

If you need expert advice on your fundraising strategy or practice -

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We can write, or 'pre-assess' your funding bids

We've written bids, researched funders or handled the whole fundraising campaign for organisations such as Single Homeless Advice and Information In Durham (SHAID), Kirkgate Arts and Greater Walker Community Trust.

If you need help with your bid writing to the National Lottery or trusts and foundations -

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We can offer training to give you the skills

We've run in-house fundraising courses for dozens of organisations including Groundwork, Sport Durham, Victims First and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

We've trained fundraisers from over 500+ organisations in 12 countries across Europe in Fundraising from Foundations, Fundraising from Business, Creating a Fundraising Strategy, Impact Measurement, Digital fundraising and Community Fundraising. These organisations have gone on to raise many hundreds of millions of pounds between them. Of course we can't claim all of the credit - but we like to think we made a significant contribution!

If you would like to improve your skills in raising money from a range of funding sources using a wide variety of techniques -

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Erskine – Proud to Care

For ‘Erskine – Proud to Care’ we ran a series of in-house income generation and personal effectiveness seminars for the fundraising team.

"The programme exceeded all expectations! The training was full of energy with thought provoking insights throughout."

Community Fundraising Manager,

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12 Principles of Big Gift Fundraising

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Get in touch

Whether you need a complete strategy to raise £10,000,000 or someone to give you critical and supportive feedback on a bid you've written, drop us a line with your email address and a short message and we’ll get back in touch.

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Who we have worked with

Organisations that have benefited from our support (either through consultancy, training or our hands-on fundraising) include:

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  • check_boxContact Mental Health Services
  • check_boxScottish Waterways Trust
  • check_boxPinkstone Watersports
  • check_boxCustoms House Theatre
  • check_boxSkills for People