We help identify your funding needs, match them to appropriate sources of money, and make sure your proposals have the best chance of success. Together we can develop new and exciting ways of generating income for your organisation.


Amount raised to date

Fundraising strategies

We can help you devise a fundraising strategy that sets out how you are going to achieve your fundraising goals. We will work with you to identify your core funding needs and potential areas of growth, then will identify suitable funders (trusts, foundations, donors etc) interested in funding your areas of work and/or help you devise exciting fundraising campaigns. We will help you create a realistic fundraising plan that prioritises the most likely applications, sets out what needs to happen by when to secure the funds, and makes sure funder deadlines are met.

Our fundraising strategies aim for well-balanced funding from multiple sources to avoid over-reliance on a single donor, and include a range of relevant funders to approach with appropriate timescales. The aim is to support your organisation to develop a more strategic and sustainable approach to fundraising and to help you avoid spending valuable time and resources chasing unsuitable funders.

Tailored proposals and funding applications

Since 2010 A5cend has raised millions of pounds from a range of sources, including BBC Children in Need, Comic Relief and The National Lottery Community Fund, as well as more specialist trusts and foundations such as the City Bridge Trust, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Tudor Trust. Our application success rate is around 70%, compared with the average charity’s success rate of 30%.  We have raised core funding, project funding and capital funding.

Fundraising coaching and support

We want to help you develop your own in-house fundraising expertise and skills. We offer one-to-one coaching tailored to your organisation’s specific needs.

We also advise and support you at every stage of the fundraising process, from telephone assessments and funder meetings through to appeal letters and funder queries.

Funding News

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Funding Resources

Our ‘Guide To Major Giving’ will help your organisation unlock the potential of major gift fundraising. It is aimed at helping organisations understand what a major gift is, whether they are ready to solicit one and how to build a successful case for support.

The guide is based around four key strands: finding suitable major donors, communicating with them, engaging major donors, and making the ask.

Alongside the guide, A5cend offers major giving mentoring, aimed at helping your organisation understand what you want from a major donor programme and to then develop a successful major giving strategy and campaign, whilst supporting you as you work with prospective donors. Our mentoring provides a valuable sounding board and will offer pertinent advice and signposting.

Contact us to find out more.

What our clients say about us

“A5cend helps us keep on top of the changing funding landscape, which is vital for a small charity like us. A5cend is also able to share learning from other charities and community organisations, which is really valuable.”

“A5cend not only understands the complex requirements of funders like the Big Lottery, but also understood us and what we were trying to achieve. They helped review our previous application and revise it from the ground up, ensuring we demonstrated how our newly developed monitoring and evaluation strategy fitted into our working practices. A big thank you to them, without whose support I doubt we would not be where we are today.”

“We’ve worked with several fundraisers and by far A5cend asks the most of us. At times they can be quite demanding, but the upshot of that is that we end up with these really strong applications.”

“I’ve learnt that you have to be realistic and can’t really pin all your hopes on one funder. It is competitive. You have to be prepared to go back year after year and improve yourself as an organisation and improve your bids.”

“I’ve learnt that there’s a real art to bid writing – even if you’re quite good at writing bids, understanding how each different funder works and getting the nuances right for them is a real skill. It’s been really useful to work alongside an organisation like A5cend, which really understands those nuances.”

“What was great about working with A5cend was that they immediately understood the value of what we were trying to do and married it with the right funder.”

But don’t take our word for it – please take a look at our case studies: