Our team: ShelterBox

Tim Bunting, fundraising general manager, takes us behind the scenes of the disaster relief charity's fundraising department

Tim Bunting
Tim Bunting

- How many fundraisers are there?

There are nine full-time staff in the fundraising team at ShelterBox - seven based at our Cornwall office and two at our new office in London. We also have about 300 volunteers across the UK who fundraise for us.

- What do you do?

We do corporate fundraising through trusts, schools and scout associations. Rotary clubs do a lot of fundraising for us, and we raise money through major fundraising events. One example of this is this year's annual awareness week, which took place in June and raised £250,000.

- How much do you raise?

We raised £6.8m last year and spent £680,000 on fundraising, including staff costs. About 35 per cent of our income is from public fundraising and about 35 per cent is from fundraising through Rotary clubs.

- What's in the pipeline?

We are about to start concentrating on legacy and major donor fundraising. We will also be putting more effort into our PR activity, so that we can better communicate our work to the public at large. We tend to raise a lot of money when a major humanitarian disaster occurs, but a major challenge for us is to carry on fundraising all year round, because our work goes on even when there is no immediate disaster to focus on.

- What's it like in the office?

We are quite a young team and it's a really fun office. We get together every Friday afternoon and nominate an employee of the week. The winner receives a chocolate bar.

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