Our team: WaterAid

Marcus Missen, the director of fundraising and communications at the international charity that works to improve access to safe water, takes us behind the scenes of the charity's fundraising team

Marcus Missen
Marcus Missen

- How many fundraisers are in your team?

We have 95 fundraisers, most at our London office, but we also have an office in Scotland and small regional teams in the south west, midlands and north of England.

- What does the team do?

We raise money from a wide variety of sources, ranging from corporate partners and trusts to community groups and individuals. Our regional teams manage our relationship with the UK water industry, which has supported us for more than 30 years. We also run fundraising events - our flagship walking event, Coast Along for WaterAid, is growing every year.

- How much do you raise?

Last year we raised more than £48m. of which £32m came from voluntary donations, including regular giving, appeals, corporate partnerships, events and legacies.

- What's in the pipeline?

The Big Dig, our new summer appeal for our work in rural Malawi, launched on 18 June. We're hoping to raise £1.2m and every pound donated will be matched by the UK government from the aid budget. We've also just launched an exciting partnership with HSBC - our biggest corporate partnership to date - which will bring in $25m (£16m) over five years for our work in Asia and west Africa.

- What's it like in the office?

I've just started here and it's fantastic to be joining such a dedicated and enthusiastic team. The vision and passion is amazing.

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