Our team: Boaz Trust

Dave Smith, chief executive, takes us behind the scenes of the Christian organisation, which works with destitute asylum seekers in Greater Manchester

Dave Smith
Dave Smith

- How many fundraisers do you have?

We're a small charity of only three full-time and five part-time staff, based in central Manchester. One person spends about one and a half days a week on fundraising.

- What sort of fundraising do you do?

We mainly do trusts fundraising, which makes up about 60 per cent of our income. We also do regular giving, which makes up about 30 per cent, and we do about three or four major events every year - comedy nights, for example.

Most of our regular givers are found through networking, although we have done some direct appeals through email - it's cheaper than sending out information in the post. Our direct appeals tend to focus on a specific issue, such as raising funds for people's bus fares. We once tried putting an advert on The Guardian's website, but it didn't get a single hit, so things like that don't tend to work for us.

- How much do you raise?

Last year, we raised about £180,000. This year, we are aiming to build on that and raise £260,000. We spend between £7,000 and £8,000 a year on fundraising.

- What's in the pipeline?

We are just about to start dinner party fundraising: someone hosts a dinner party for 10 people, with each person paying £10 to attend. The money is given to us.

- What's it like in the office?

It's quite chaotic. At the moment we are surrounded by tins of food for our beneficiaries.

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