Lynda Thomas: 'It’s all about calculated risks'
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Lynda Thomas: 'It’s all about calculated risks'

14 Oct 2014

The most influential woman in fundraising, according to Fundraising Magazine’s poll, Lynda Thomas has presided over huge income growth as director of fundraising at Macmillan Cancer Support. The charity raised £187m in 2013 – up £34m on the previous year. Thomas talks donor-driven insight and divulges what keeps her awake at night.

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Former England rugby player Ben Cohen explains the work of his Foundation, which supports anti-bullying charities.

Meet the funders: Monarch Foundation

The Monarch Foundation launched last year to deliver the airline’s corporate responsibility programme. Pauline Prow, chair of the Foundation, explains its work.

Meet the funders: Peter De Haan

Businessman and philanthropist Peter De Haan set up his own charitable trust in 1999 after selling his share in the family business, Saga Group. An advocate of venture philanthropy, he explains his approach to giving.

Mark Astarita: 'I just hope to be the rebel and the noise-maker, and get people thinking'

Mark Astarita reflects on his three years as chair of the Institute of Fundraising.

News interview: Stroke Association shares insights into its corporate partnerships programme

The Stroke Association has ambitious plans to grow its income from corporate partnerships from just over £1m to £5m a year by 2018, according to James Hails, its head of corporate partnerships.

Danielle Atkinson: 'It was about balancing the emotion of how you felt with the job you knew needed to be done'

After managing the transfer of Merlin’s fundraising department to Save the Children, Danielle Atkinson is back on the frontline as head of public fundraising at Breast Cancer Campaign. She talks mergers and embracing the pink fog.

Michael Norton, winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Charity Awards 2014

The Charity Awards judges selected Michael Norton to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award in 2014. Tania Mason met the man whose fingerprints are all over civil society.


Trevor Reid: 'Fundraising is a great solution to the challenges people with learning disabilities face right now'

The Brandon Trust, which supports people with learning disabilities, is aiming to grow its voluntary income to £1m this year, from £180,389 in 2013. Trevor Reid, the charity’s first director of fundraising and marketing, talks about the challenges of building a fundraising department.

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