Kick-start your fundraising success…a case study


About the School

The Clare School is a Specialist ‘Physical/Sensory’ Complex Needs School. It is a mixed, day Community School for pupils from 3 to 19 years of age. Many pupils have complex medical and learning needs.

About Raymond

Raymond Hart worked at the Clare School for 20 years as the Art and Tech Coordinator. During that time he also became Ed Visits Coordinator, Health and Safety Officer and headed up the Premises Team. Upon retirement as a teacher on 31st December 2011 (age 60), Raymond reduced his working week to 4 days as Premises Manager, continued his other non-teaching roles and took on the task of leading the school’s hydrotherapy pool fundraising project.

Up to this point, Raymond had no experience in school fundraising. He didn’t know where to look to find funding opportunities or how to write grant applications. A lot of people came to Raymond with great ideas, but putting those ideas into action was proving to be a real challenge. Once he started, he also found it difficult to coordinate the ideas and efforts of the Head, the Governors, the Senior Management Team, the Staff, the Parents and the School’s Charity, Care for Clare – who all have important parts to play in fundraising for the school. Overall, Raymond found that the school was not sufficiently organised to embark on serious fundraising straight away and therefore he had to start to do some essential groundwork.

Why School Fund Finder?

Raymond found School Fund Finder using a Google Search and he was instantly impressed by the fundraising support service offered.  In particular, it was the company’s ‘go for it’ attitude on the phone that makes it stand out, which Raymond says captures Pebble’s commitment to helping schools achieve great fundraising results.

Raymond decided to sign up to School Fund Finder because he knew he would benefit from the service in a number of ways. It includes access to a comprehensive Grants Search which brings together all the funding opportunities currently available to UK schools and it is searchable to meet Raymond’s requirements.  With no previous experience in school fundraising, he also liked the support and guidance that Pebble gives, from recommending grants to helping with grant application writing.  Many people who take up the task of fundraising have never done so before. Pebble recognises this and breaks down the fundraising process into easy-to-follow steps for you, taking you through writing your fundraising vision and strategy, appointing your fundraising team, managing your volunteers, finding funding, and writing grant applications.  Our Senior Fundraising Consultant, Rachel, who draws on her great knowledge of fundraising in the education sector, guides every customer through the process.

Raymond has now got to grips with the school’s hydrotherapy pool fundraising project, putting into action his fundraising strategy, involving his volunteers in meaningful jobs, and contacting funders for funding support.  Raymond knows that Pebble is there at every step of the way until he reaches his fundraising goal.

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