Burnett Works fundraising agency closes after 17 years

The co-owners say they have decided they want to be doing something else

The fundraising agency Burnett Works has closed after 17 years.

The agency closed its doors at the end of August, according to a statement on its website.

The company started life as a division of Burnett Associates Group, a fundraising company led by the veteran fundraiser Ken Burnett, but was bought out by staff members in 2001 when the wider company went into administration.

Jackie Fowler, the chair and majority owner of Burnett Works, told Third Sector that she and Jaz Nannar, the managing director and co-owner, had made the decision to close the company at the end of May.

"It was a personal, positive decision," said Fowler. "We just decided it was no longer what we wanted to be doing and the time felt right to do things differently.

"The market has changed a lot over the time we have been in business. It’s a much more diversified market in terms of suppliers and fundraisers, and agencies are increasingly expected to pitch on a project-by-project basis."

All seven of the agency’s staff had found alternative jobs or become freelancers, she said, and the agency had finished its work with its clients and given them enough notice to find alternative support before the closure.

Fowler said both her and Nannar planned to continue working as freelance consultants.

"We’ve done a lot of work that we are proud of, focusing on relationship-driven fundraising with some great organisations," said Fowler.

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