Our team: The Teacher Support Network and Recourse

Jason Harrison, the head of fundraising and communications at the charity group that supports education professionals, takes us behind the scenes of the fundraising team

Jason Harrison of the Teacher Support Network and Recourse
Jason Harrison of the Teacher Support Network and Recourse
How many fundraisers are in your team?
The TSN and its sister charity Recourse (which covers further and higher education staff) have two full-time fundraisers, one part-time fundraising and development officer and an apprentice fundraising and communications officer. We also have a development manager, who takes care of fundraising in Wales.

What does the team do?

The fundraisers and communications staff are in the same team because it is impossible to do one job without the other. We get the best results when we pool our skills.

How much do you raise?

Last year we raised just over £2m. Thirty-two per cent came from pension giving schemes, 25 per cent from unions, 19 per cent from donations and regular giving, 16 per cent from activity-based income and investments, and 7 per cent from Gift Aid.

What's in the pipeline?

This year's business plan is about raising awareness and income. We will focus on making our message and our 'ask' clearer, so that teaching professionals know where to get help when they need it and donors know exactly what their money will do. We will also be broadening the team to develop corporate relationships and reconnecting with lapsed donors.

What's it like in the office?

It's not easy persuading people that teachers and other staff in education need support. We work hard and do a lot with little, but there is usually cake to keep us motivated.


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