Caroline has the skill and ability to see the bigger picture as well as focus in on the task at hand. Caroline has a natural style when communicating with donors and trusts. She is passionate about fundraising, committed, emotionally intelligent and a strong influencer. This combination of qualities results in an effective fundraising service.
In nearly eight years at the National Trust, Caroline met or exceeded her annual fundraising target without fail. She is an energised, experienced and competent Major Donor and Charitable Trust fundraiser and I very much enjoyed working alongside her over the years.
She was an instrumental part of the £13 million project to restore Castle Drogo. She was involved in early discussions, helped to create an overall fundraising plan and then led the trusts and major donor elements of the work. Over five years the campaign has raised over £7 million (including a £2.5 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant, plus several legacy gifts and major gifts). Caroline has closely stewarded our major donors and has secured repeat donations throughout the life of the project. We are confident that the legacy of this project will be a building which is watertight and still standing for future generations to enjoy and we will have a host of supportive individuals who are willing to help us with our future conservation challenges.
With Caroline’s help, we also delivered several high level cultivation events at Castle Drogo and engaged a development board to drive forwards our major gifts work. Caroline has a good understanding of how to deliver bespoke events at heritage sites where conservation standards must be adhered to. She knows how to make donors feel really special and understands the pressures faced by delivery teams on the ground.
Caroline delivered extraordinary results for our places along the South Devon coast. The relationships she has helped us to build and the increase in fundraising skills of my staff are directly attributable to her efforts and will enable a healthy stream of income for many years to come.