- How many fundraisers are there?
We have about 130 employed fundraisers at Guide Dogs, but this is much enhanced by more than 10,000 volunteers who raise funds for us too.
- What does the team do?
Between us we manage a diverse portfolio of fundraising products that includes the original Sponsor and Name A Puppy schemes, Go Walkies events and volunteer-led activities. Our corporate team is proud to be working with our partners, two of which are Eukanuba and Specsavers.
- How much do you raise?
This year our target is £25m and legacy income is predicted to be £30m.
- What's in the pipeline?
We are always keen to develop new propositions and win the support of new potential donors. As new services are developed, these are reflected in our library of 'cases for support', which describe projects, pilot projects or other services provided by Guide Dogs which could be funded by a donation. They are written before funding opportunities are publicised so we can respond quickly and have all the key facts and figures around any project.
- What's it like in the office?
We have an in-house telefundraising team so our office always has a buzz about it - they are so good at what they do that whenever I need a boost I listen to them making calls to our supporters. It is like getting a hug from an old friend. Our regional offices are not quiet places either, and of course there are always dogs dotted about the offices.