“Fund raising is as tough as ever, but I would just like to let you know that having been to your very useful funding soirées early in my career, I have been able to secure a £440,000 grant (over 5 years), to buy 4 new minibuses and finance overheads, from Big’s ‘Reaching Communities’. Thanks for all help; I would regard myself as a ‘Salvia’ success story”.
“No job is too big or too small and we have raised millions of pounds for all types of charities from those working at a grass root level to those helping people throughout the UK.”
“The JPK Sussex Project has been formed to provide a Supported Living Centre for people with a learning disability in Eastbourne and for those currently living in the surrounding areas of East Sussex. The JPK is a multi-million-pound project to build a Community Training Centre and Accommodation for 24 residents. Although the Trustees, all being voluntary, have been successful with fundraising for this project and others before, but their time is limited but it was felt necessary to ‘up our game’, to be able to raise the funds sooner rather than later, and therefore sought the assistance of a Professional Fundraiser. Andrew Devon, Salvia Fundraising Ltd is an experienced fundraiser and has proved essential to the JPK in the last two years. He is professional, yet friendly, with excellent record keeping, consults at all times and is able to access funding streams from various sources. He has the experience and knowledge of how to approach and write to possible donors, undertake and update budgets and to keep possible donors abreast of progress within their various timescales. Andrew is willing to adapt to the needs of the various charities that he works with and will adhere to the signed contracts but will also be willing to work more flexibly. Through Andrew’s valuable assistance over the last two years, we have been able to raise the funds required for the building, refurbishment work and equipping the JPK Community Centre. Our grateful thanks Andrew”. Mrs Jill Parker MBE, Chairman
We have been successful in securing over £66,000 for the Grace Eyre Foundation’s Travel Buddy Scheme. The Foundation supports people with learning disabilities throughout Brighton and Sussex. Eva Jarvis, Director, said “Grace Eyre has been able to secure funding for a very important project thanks to Salvia Fundraising that we otherwise would have had to close. We are impressed with the results gained by Salvia Fundraising and have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who is trying to secure funding in this very difficult environment.”
Salvia Fundraising has helped the Samaritans increase their funding income by 30%.
Trevor Marshall, Deputy Director for Outreach and Fundraising of the Bognor Regis, Chichester and District Samaritans said: “I write to thank you for the knowledge I have gained at your courses. Last year we struggled to find funds. After undergoing your expert training packages I am pleased that this year our funding income is currently 30% above budget and climbing. You have helped me to develop a funding strategy with our branch and evolve multi funding streams to establish sustainable funding”.
David Rule, Chair of Trustees, the Stable Family Home Trust. "We were very pleased with the way in which Salvia worked with us in defining a strategy for the development of our fundraising : it was friendly and caring , leading to an incisive set of clearly expressed recommendations appropriate to our situation and all of which are being implemented. We will not hesitate to come back to Salvia if we need more help".
Susie Gault, The Therapy Garden. "I'm completely new to fundraising and have really valued Andrew's support as a result of which we have been fortunate to gain two substantial core funding grants. I work in a small charity where I am the only fundraiser so I am continuing to work with Andrew as a mentor. He is boosting my own confidence as well as teaching me new skills and sharing his substantial experience".
We were taken on to research and make applications for revenue funding to new charitable trusts funders. Cath Cole one of our associate fundraisers was employed to run the fundraising assignment. Jennie Hubbard, Fundraising and Marketing Director of The Heart of Kent Hospice said: “I was very pleased with Salvia’s professional and thorough approach when we employed them to do some trust fundraising for our hospice. In a relatively short time, they were able to put together some strong proposals for us, which have in turn brought in much-needed funds”.
"Just to let you know, that thanks to all your Fundraising Training here in the Bognor Regis and Littlehampton area, we are still going strong despite of our head office having shutdown two years ago. Life does not get easier attaining grants, but we are managing to swim against the tide thanks to you." Sylvia Belcher, West Sussex Association for the Disabled.
“We used Andrew Devon to help us raise money for a new Move On accommodation project in Redhill. He wrote a great case for support, identified suitable trusts to approach and helped us raise £114k of charitable funds. He is quick to learn and soon became part of the team and we would definitely use him again for future fundraising.” Ian Burks, Chief Executive - Reigate and Redhill YMCA
Carousel has worked with Salvia Fundraising over many years. As a consultant and friend to Carousel, Andrew has given us thoughtful and wise advice on our fundraising strategies and events; he has carried out research on different funding opportunities, helped us with a large lottery application and provided bespoke training and mentoring for our staff. He is always supportive of our work and our team, and it's great to have a friendly face to call on in these challenging fundraising times. Liz Hall, Director.
Andrew has done a great job for us in our fundraising efforts for our new building. He has a wealth of knowledge in the area of grant making trusts and works methodically and efficiently to ensure all applications are completed well. Jason Cottingham, Assistant Minister (Operational)
Salvia Fundraising and Andrew Devon have helped St Raphael’s Hospice for several years. Firstly as a “one off” analysis of our Trust fundraising, making suggestions as to new funders we could approach. And the first application brought us a grant of £12,000!
Since then Andrew and his Team have taken on the role of our Trust Fundraising on an on-going basis helping to achieve a good increases in our regular annual support from Trusts and Foundations. The knowledge and expertise which Salvia brings is hugely valuable and I would have no hesitation in recommending any charity wanting to expand its fundraising to talk to Andrew. I first met Andrew via the Institute of Fundraising and he has a wealth of experience. Keith Witham - Director of Fundraising and Communications
Salvia Fundraising was initially taken on to raise funds for an exciting, new venture called the Accommodation, Aid and Advice Project that HOPE would run for Kent Probation clients. Successful funding applications raised £75,000 and along with funding from Kent Probation this scheme is now the sole referral route for probation clients into private rented and supported accommodation. At the beginning of 2012, Salvia Funding successfully boosted the funds of this scheme by securing a further £90,000 grant to enable us to recruit an experienced manager to oversee the scheme for the next 3 years. Without the assistance of Salvia Fundraising this project could not have succeeded. Further successes have also resulted in funds towards the mortgage and refurbishment of our Ramsgate project. This was a major project for HOPE and we are extremely grateful to Salvia Fundraising for their enthusiasm and commitment to our cause. In total, we received £75,000 towards the mortgage and £119,700 for refurbishments; an incredible achievement!
Steve Claringbold, Chief Executive of HOPE said, “Before Salvia Fundraising came on the scene raising funds to provide services to ex-offenders had been extremely hard work. Their successes have enabled us to continue to provide valuable support to a client group that historically has been hard to fundraise for. Not only have Salvia Fundraising raised enormous amounts for our cause but they have also been instrumental in providing ideas that steer our organisation’s thoughts on new ventures. Funds have also been successfully raised for our Rent Deposit Schemes, Fresh Start Appeals and CCTV costs. I am extremely grateful to Salvia Fundraising for their continued help and assistance in raising funds for HOPE and wholeheartedly recommend them to others.”