Do your Governors have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities regarding fundraising?

Are your board members fulfilling their duties as per the Charity Commission’s key fundraising principles for trustees? Do you have the right processes in place to monitor progress, challenge practice and measure efficacy? Does your governing body provide sufficient rigour and scrutiny?

Our experienced consultants use their expertise and deep sector knowledge to make a neutral assessment of your governance and oversight of fundraising, and to advise on future direction. No two projects are the same. We tailor our approach to fit your needs and stage of development.

We can help you with:

01.Development & fundraising reviews

With the onus on schools to regularly review fundraising as part of good governance (specifically to ensure that Governors have a clear overview of fundraising, have approved the strategy and have a handle on its efficacy), many of our clients are now asking us to conduct a formal review.

Our review of your development and fundraising covers all key aspects:

  • The efficacy of the development office, including skills and resources
  • Fundraising and good governance
  • Executive oversight of fundraising
  • Success of past, present and future campaigns: key performance indicators

It allows you to understand where you are, where you have come from and how to create a fundraising and alumni relations plan that meets your school’s needs, optimises outcomes and aligns with your school’s strategy and ethos.

02.Mentoring & training for Governors

Armed with the outcome of the review, we develop bespoke mentoring and training sessions to further professionalise governance of fundraising. We guide you towards best practice and ensure fundraising outcomes are effective, ethical and constantly improving.

Governance in the round

Beyond fundraising support

Beyond our fundraising support, we offer reviews of governance and compliance and training for governing bodies.

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"Our consultant at RSAcademics identified the issues that were strategically important and demonstrated how they impacted on organisational goals. Above all, there was a real passion behind what she did and a genuine commitment to help the management team move forward. A joy to work with!"

Anonymous, Tonbridge School

Get in touch

Email Heather Styche-Patel, Head of Strategy, Marketing & Development, at

Call Heather on +44 (0)1858 383173