Our team: The National Literacy Trust

Judith Parke, the charity's head of development, tells us what life is like in the fundraising department

How many fundraisers are there?

There are four of us in the fundraising department, and we're all based at our offices in Vauxhall, south London.

What do they do?

We have a new head of major donor development, a head of trusts and foundations funding and a head of corporate partnerships. Much of our funding - about 40 per cent - comes from statutory sources.

Twenty-six per cent comes from trusts and foundations, 17 per cent from corporates and 17 per cent from earned income - mostly conferences and consultancy work.

How much do you raise?

We raised £2.4m last year, with a budget of £150,000, mostly spent on staffing costs.

We're aiming to raise £2.4m again in the coming year, but with a very different balance - we're hoping to become more sustainable and move away from public funding.

What's in the pipeline?

It's a very exciting time at the moment because we're just about to launch into major donor fundraising.

We're also trying to develop our conference portfolio, in particular our literary conferences for teachers, which can be very popular. We're hoping this work will help us to move away from public funding.

What's it like in the office?

We're a very small team, and at the moment we're still getting to know each other because most us are quite new.

We have an office picnic coming up at the end of the month, though, and we try to do socials and activities on at least a quarterly basis. It's a high-output office, but at the same time everyone is very relaxed and easy-going.

Interview by Sophie Hudson

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