Our team: Only Connect

Sarah Copeland, the development director at the charity that works with ex-offenders and prisoners in London, takes us behind the scenes of the fundraising team

Sarah Copeland
Sarah Copeland

How many fundraisers are in your team?

Our team has been created over the past 12 months: we have two full-time and three part-time members of staff. Programme managers and other staff also help to generate income.

What does the team do?

We bring in funds from trusts and foundations and from private philanthropy, corporate fundraising and special events. Creativity is at the heart of our organisation, so we often put on events for supporters that focus on theatre, music or other art.

How much do you raise?

Our income for 2013 was £1.3m, an increase of more than 87 per cent from 2012. We bring in 50 per cent of this from trusts, foundations and individual donors and about 5 per cent from statutory contracts. The rest comes from companies, social enterprise, events, ticket sales and venue hire.

What's in the pipeline?

We will be building our corporate partnerships and launching some exciting overseas and UK treks. We will be looking to work with other charities on bids and projects, and we are exploring some social investment models to fund bigger projects.

What's it like in the office?

We're like a family and we're connected to our members, which is our name for service users. There is always creative activity going on in the office. The members of the team are hard-working and committed, and are driven by a genuine passion for our work.

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