Meredith Niles
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Meredith Niles: 'It’s only by being rigorous, data-driven and transparent that you can learn faster and do better' 1

12 Feb 2015

Marie Curie is changing, with ambitious plans to grow its voluntary income, expand its services and rebrand as part of a new strategy to 2019. Meredith Niles, head of innovation in fundraising, talks about creating a culture of innovation.

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Meet the funder: Galaxy Hot Chocolate

The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund is in its fourth year supporting small, local community groups and charities in the UK and Ireland. Michelle Frost, general manager at Mars Chocolate Drinks and Treats, explains how the company is trying to make life sweeter for the sector.

Tim Hunter, director of fundraising, Oxfam

Oxfam is credited with inventing regular giving through direct debits and its fundraising campaign of the 1990s and early 2000s are legendary. But recently, voluntary income has remained flat after falling £15m in 2012/13. Tim Hunter, who joined in May as director of fundraising, shares his love of Oxfam’s radical side and his plans for growth.

Meet the funders: Barrow Cadbury Trust

The Barrow Cadbury Trust works to achieve social justice and bring about change. Sara Llewellin, the trust’s chief executive, explains its “change-maker” approach to grants.

Meet the funders: Les Mills Fund for Children

The provider of group fitness classes Les Mills launched its Fund for Children in June this year, providing support for charities with a focus on children leading active lives. Chief executive Keith Burnet explains how they aim to create healthy childhoods.

Meet the funders: South West Trains

South West Train supports charities in a variety of ways from grants and volunteering, to free tickets. Sian Freestone-Walker, corporate communications manager at SWT, explains.

'The Institute has a role that no one else does and as an organisation I cannot imagine not being part of that'

As director of fundraising at Cancer Research UK, Richard Taylor is unapologetic about wanting to grow all channels and activity. His department is known for its ambition and innovation, with voluntary income up £30m to £490m in 2013/14. Recently elected chair of the Institute of Fundraising, he is approaching the world of self-regulation with the same drive and ambition.

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

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.

Clic Sargent

PayPal Giving Fund is a charitable foundation that passes on eBay donations from buyers and sellers to charities, as well as giving grants to charities. Its chief executive, Nick Aldridge, explains how it works.

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