Our team: Methodist Relief and Development Fund

Simeon Mitchell, director of fundraising, marketing and campaigning, takes us behind the scenes of the charity's fundraising department

Simeon Mitchell
Simeon Mitchell

How many fundraisers do you have?

There are four of us involved in fundraising at our offices in central London, although we all do communications and campaigns work as well.

What sort of fudraising do you do?

The majority of our fundraising is from individual donors in Methodist churches. We have one part-time fundraiser who does trusts and statutory fundraising - that made up about 12 per cent of our income last year. We have struggled with community fundraising in the past because we find people like to give to us at quite specific times of year.

How much do you raise?

Last year, we raised £2.5m. We usually raise between £2m and £3m - it often depends on whether we have done an emergency appeal that year. Last year, we spent about £200,000 on fundraising, including staff costs.

What's in the pipeline?

We're about to launch our alternative Christmas gift catalogue - we try to offer different gifts each year. We are also taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge this year.

This involves a charity setting a target amount to raise from major donors in the run-up to Christmas - we're aiming for £10,000 - and then matching this in online donations in the week before Christmas. We find this type of thing appeals to major donors.

What's it like in the office?

We're in an open-plan office with the other teams, which is great: we get to hear about the success of our projects as they happen.

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