We won a commission to work with Engineers Without Borders to carry out an audit of their fundraising and communications before writing an integrated fundraising and communications strategy. We worked in interactive session with the staff team to interrogate the operating environment for EWB-UK and its fundraising relationships before presenting a comprehensive report to the Board. Typically we would start writing strategies by looking at the organisational outcomes (the desired change) and outputs (how change will be measured) and then align fundraising and communications activities to those organisational objectives. However, Engineers Without Border was ‘between’ strategy development stages so we used a Theory of Change approach to align recommended fundraising and communications activities to established best practice in those areas.
Fundraising clients include: Adfam, Bedford and Luton Community Foundation, Camden Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Ezer Leyoldos, Choice Support, Why Me? and Women and Children First
‘We commissioned Red Pencil to comprehensively review our approach to fundraising and communications, something that was much needed in light of numerous unsuccessful funding bids, a disinterested membership and a key message that was confusing to an external audience. We still have much to do but Red Pencil’s work, particularly the outputs and tools provided, have given us independent and impartial evidence to support the changes we need to make and a solid starting position from which to build.’