Ciara Scallon 

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. 

The best of good news...

Ipswich Community Media, a grassroots charity and one of the amazing clients I work with, has been awarded £496,460 from the National Lottery’s Community Fund - almost half a million pounds. It's been awarded for the continuation of their successful IConnect project over the next 4 years. 

ICM’s mission is to challenge inequality by empowering people to transform their lives through learning and creativity and IConnect is a flagship ESOL programme run by the Integration Team, which delivers free weekly English language lessons to over 120 learners from more than 21 different nationalities every week.
It was great to have been one of the contributors to the bid writing process for this funding application and it's both exciting and rewarding to think about the improved life opportunities it will afford ICM's beneficiaries. 

November 2021