Our team: Learning through Landscapes

Chloe Atkins, the development manager at the national outdoor learning charity, takes us behind the scenes of the fundraising team

Chloe Atkins
Chloe Atkins

- How many fundraisers are in your team?

We have one full-time fundraiser - me. I'm also responsible for development. We have a part-time volunteer fundraiser, Denise, based with me at our Winchester HQ. As part of our management team, I'm not on my own and we share responsibility for income generation, with our director in Scotland leading on fundraising there.

- What do you do?

I spend the majority of my time on developing programme ideas with our operations team, meeting partners and funders, and writing bids. I spend considerable time staying up to speed with policy.

- How much do you raise?

Last year we raised £1.4m, including 57 per cent from the public sector, 19 per cent from trusts and the lottery, 11 per cent from social investment, 9 per cent from selling our services, publications and subscriptions, and 4 per cent from the private sector and donations.

- What's in the pipeline?

We're planning a multi-year lottery-funded programme and developing some new corporate relationships. We're reviewing our lapsed funders and discussing with them our new areas of work, including looked-after children, pupil referral units, hospital schools and early intervention.

- What's it like in the office?

We are a small team at Learning through Landscapes, and the hard work is accompanied by a lot of fun. When all the UK team gets together, we tend to go a bit feral - this summer, our annual staff meeting finished in the River Itchen.

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