MCIOF, MA (Hons)
The Giving Heart offers charities, communities and artists, end to end fundraising services that help improve lives, and realise dreams. A professional fundraiser, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, I undertake stand-alone, time sensitive, strategic fundraising projects and also work with senior management teams to fill short-term, fundraising skills gaps.
As a charity board Trustee, charity donor, volunteer and professional fundraiser, I come to the fundraising task with acute insights into stakeholders’ sensitivities and motivations. Additionally, I bring first hand supporter experience of the fulfilment gained from giving time, skill and financial support.
The world has changed. The charity sector continues to produce amazing results under ever greater competition and public scrutiny and now, a global pandemic. The impact of the crisis has already started a revolution in working life in every sector of the economy.
For charities and their beneficiaries, this especially impacts on funding avenues and access for critical, day to day provision of services. Post pandemic, the environment for funding charitable work will be more competitive than ever before, and success for all charities' beneficiaries will require more of us individually and collectively.
I look forward to continuing to offer an experienced, objective fundraising resource, contributing to keeping your charity financially sustainable, whatever the challenges.
' Ciara worked with one of the East of England Co-op’s supported groups Co-op Juniors, (The oldest amateur dramatic company in the UK) to develop a fundraising strategy and to prepare fundraising plans on their behalf. I regard Ciara as a highly experienced fundraising professional and her work, undertaken on our Society’s behalf with the Co-op Juniors revealed a number of new funding sources that will hopefully help sustain this group for many years.'
Joint Chief Executive Officer, Membership and Marketing at East of England Co-op