Our team: Porchlight

Lisa Oeder, head of development and communications, takes us behind the scenes of the charity's fundraising department

Lisa Oeder
Lisa Oeder

How many fundraisers do you have?

There are three of us - two full-time and one part-time, based at our offices in Canterbury, Kent.

What sort of fundraising do you do?

Most of our income comes from trusts, which last year accounted for about 10 per cent of income, statutory sources, which accounted for 70 per cent, and community fundraising. We are active in the local community and this leads to individual donations.

Even though we have been fundraising for only a few years, and in spite of the economic climate, people have been responsive because we are a local charity.

How much do you raise?

Last year we spent a total of £61,000 on fundraising, including salaries, and raised £380,000, but this does not include income from service delivery contracts.

What's in the pipeline?

Through our work in the local community, there's now the opportunity to start building partnerships with local businesses.

This will be a restricted ask for certain projects based on each business's corporate social responsibility objectives. We also want to consolidate the work we've been doing with locals groups such as schools, churches and scout groups.

What's it like in the office?

We are a small team based in an open-plan office, and are integrated with the communications department, with whom we have monthly team meetings.

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