Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland: fundraising tips

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland's research on trustfunding.org.uk, to fund a Financial Support Worker through the Bank of Scotland Foundation.

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland)  was formed in 1965 to care for the needs of children with varying degrees of the disability, spina bifida. Its aim is to increase public awareness and understanding of individuals with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, as well as supporting those affected and empowering them to make informed choices. Areas of support include home and hospital visits, health checks, workshops, financial assistance with housing & equipment relating to mobility issues, amongst many other things.

Funding from The Bank of Scotland Foundation

With a comprehensive range of services available to over 3,500 children, young people and adults across Scotland every year, their target is to raise over £1 million annually, almost solely through fundraising and donations.

The Bank of Scotland Foundation recently funded £84,000 over two years to pay for a full-time Financial Support Worker to help mitigate the effects of recent welfare reforms. The Financial Support Worker will help individuals make informed choices about their finances, advise on budgeting, help complete benefit & grants forms. As well as supporting service users the Financial Support Worker will also work closely with their carers.

How Trustfunding.org.uk helped their fundraising efforts

As a largely self-funded charity SBH Scotland draws on of a variety of fundraising resources, from local authority and government bulletins to networking events. Trustfunding.org.uk plays a significant role in the charity’s fundraising efforts, paving the way for around £400k of the yearly £1 million it raises from grant-makers.

John McConnachie,SBH ScotlandTrusts and Corporate Officer

“I find trustfunding.org.uk invaluable and use it almost every day. All the relevant information required is presented clearly and concisely, and it is extremely user friendly and easy to navigate. If I get a lead then I can use Trustfunding.org.uk to help make a decision about whether an application is appropriate or not.”

Fundraising tips

  1. Read the guidelines! Make sure your project fits the trust’s areas of interest.
  2. Pick up the phone. Medium and larger trusts usually have an administrator who’ll be able to answer any questions you may have.
  3. Be concise. Trustees have limited time and won’t want to read eight pages of screed, no matter how well written it is.
  4. Use case studies. Show how the trust’s funding can make a difference.
  5. Ask a colleague to read your application before submitting.
  6. Google your peers. Find out who is funding other charities doing similar work. There’s a good chance they’ll fund you as well.
  7. Build relationships with your own Board of Trustees. They may well be trustees of grant giving organisations or be well connected in this area.