Our team: Maggie's Centres

Stephen George, the director of fundraising at the charity that builds architect-designed support centres for people affected by cancer, takes us behind the scenes of the fundraising team

Stephen George
Stephen George

- How many fundraisers are in your team?

We have 58 staff, split between our two offices in Glasgow and London and our local centres.

- What does the team do?

We have a strong community fundraising heritage based on our centres across the UK and a supporting range of events. We also have a corporate partnerships team, a major giving and trusts team, which is also responsible for the campaigns for new centres, and a direct marketing team.

- How much do you raise?

Last year we raised nearly £13m, with 35 per cent coming from trusts and partnerships and 15 per cent from major giving. We raise 34 per cent from community and events and the rest from companies, legacies and individual giving. The mix depends on the stage we have reached in the campaigns for new centres.

- What's in the pipeline?

We have an online crowdfunding initiative that we will be promoting this year and a new sponsor-a-day opportunity to cover the costs of keeping a centre open for a day.

- What's it like in the office?

Some days we focus on campaigns to build new centres, others on events or new opportunities. Everyone who works for Maggie's spends their first week in a centre, talking to users and staff, and getting to know who we are and our approach. It's an experience that never leaves you and always helps to remind us why the money raised is so important.

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