Our team: YouthNet

Jemma Samuels, head of corporate development at YouthNet, takes us behind the scenes of its fundraising department

Jemma Samuels
Jemma Samuels

How many fundraisers do you have?

We have seven, based at our offices near Old Street in London.

What do you do?

Our main areas are statutory, trusts, lottery and corporate fundraising. On the statutory side, YouthNet receives funding from the Office for Civil Society for our volunteering website, Do-it.

Events are not a big area for us but we do have some great people - including members of our own staff - who occasionally take part in events such as sponsored runs and parachute jumps for us.

How much do you raise?

Income over the last financial year was about £4m; our spend on fundraising is about £505,000 a year. This coming year, we expect 20 per cent of our income to come from corporate funding and 60 per cent from government, trusts and the lottery. We are planning to increase our income from trading and individuals this year.

What's in the pipeline?

My team is keen to explore whether Do-it could support more companies with their employee volunteering schemes this year. We are also looking at what other commercial opportunities YouthNet can offer to diversify our income - for example, research and insights for youth brands, consultancy and sponsorship.

What's it like in the office?

A lot of people who visit comment on the great atmosphere. Our Friday wine club is legendary and provides a great way for our team members to catch up with colleagues in different teams.

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