Blume Offer

For the past five weeks we have been offering charities up to two days of free support from a Blumer.

The offer is now closed and 54 charities have received £30,000 of support between them.

Our Blumers have done (or are doing):

  • six impact reports
  • seven fundraising strategies
  • ten website reviews and rewrites
  • eight funding bids
  • seven reviews of finance processes including some system implementation

We have also reforecast budgets, written business cases, managed furlough planning, run a social media campaign, set up a google charity adwords account and even pitched a TV pilot!

Here is a list of the completed projects so far:
A Way Out
Interviewing potential customers for an online training product
Excellent service took time out to understand the task and made suggestions to enhance the outcome. Kept in touch and communicated progress and was very passionate and knowledgeable. Would certainly recommend to others. Excellent service
5.0
Bid writing
Great source of help especially in a tight timeframe.
5.0
Adhar Project
Fundraising bid
The support offered by John was very professional, timely and he was very knowledgeable within our sector which enabled us to feel confident that we have been allocated an established and experienced fund raiser. Thanks John for your support .
5.0
African Community School
Writing a National Lottery bid
Thank you Beth for the excellent work. You are very supportive and professional with your job with the knowledge of fundraising for different settings.
5.0
Amor Guatemala
Website review/writing
Mark's assistance in this task was extremely useful, providing helpful editing feedback to improve the quality of our website text and with excellent communication and response times throughout. We would highly recommend Mark's services.
5.0
Ark Bound
Fundraising bid
Great working with Christopher who delivers on project goals with timely and quality work. Thank you for your help with our project!
5.0
Belive Medway
Develop policies for volunteers working online with clients
I want to thank Jo very much for all her hard work and support. If there was a rating for 10 out of 10, I would give her a 10. She was a joy to work with, professional, patient, knowledgeable and I would recommend her to others. I hope I can work with her again in the future.
5.0
Bullies Out
Writing an impact report
Beth was terrific. Very reliable and responsive. Beth also took initiative in areas that I hadn't thought about. Thank you - we now have an amazing piece of work that we so desperately needed.
5.0
Carers Network
Ran a social media campaign
Thank you Carolyn for the fantastic work on Carers Network's Carers Week social media campaign and for turning it all around so quickly!
5.0
Centre 404
Fundraising mentoring
Claire, being a highly experienced and talented fundraising professional, has been extremely helpful by reviewing and providing guidance on how to develop our Fundraising Strategy. Her ability to see the bigger picture and to give feedback constructively and effectively in an encouraging manner truly impressed me.
5.0
Dance West
Writing a fundraising bid
It was fantastic to collaborate with Julie! She is a well organised and efficient fundraiser. She supported us with an incredibly tight deadline, we arranged a call and she understood the needs and values of the organisation quickly and was incredibly supportive via telephone and email. 
5.0
Dementia Action Alliance
Pitching a TV Pilot!
The propossl document which was created exceeded all our expectations. Christopher understood straightaway the facts and the feelings behind what we were trying to accomplish. In fact, his professional expertise has helped shape the broad scope and the sequence of our dementia televisual project. We have benefitted greatly from his varied and relevant media experiences and research. He is Creative. Flexible. Excellent-PC
5.0
Desborough Hub
Helping write a business plan
Ann-Marie's approach was professional and helpful. The work she did for our charity will help in the near and longer term.
5.0
Disability Huntingdonshire
Writing a risk report and plan
This has been a fabulous experience and Andrea has been brilliant. Highly recommended. Thank you for the opportunity Blume, I couldn't have done this without her.
5.0
EACH
Writing a National Lottery bid
Chris understood very quickly the task at hand and turned around the initial draft and subsequent revisions within agreed time frame. He captured the essence of our work and what we wanted to do in the bid he worked up. Enjoyed working with him and really appreciated his patience!
5.0
Gascoyne & Morningside Youth Club
Develop fundraising strategy
Rebecca was amazing, she understood our work and kept us fully updated and informed of what she was doing. Asked relevant questions and quickly grasped the situation. As a result we have received substantial lottery funding. Thank you.
5.0
Hammersmith Community Gardens
Rewriting the website and consolidating pamphlets
Paul Thanks for your assistance and the very prompt turn around.
4.0
Helen Rollasan Cancer Charity
Furlough management
Ann-Marie provided the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity with HR advice and support. From the very first contact to the completion of the task Ann-Marie was professional, polite, kept to schedule and fulfilled the brief required. Highly recommended. Kate Alden CEO - Helen Rollason Cancer Charity
5.0
Jags Foundation
Website content and review
Has been absolutely brilliant working with Chris, he is a very skilled copywriter, very patient and really understood our organisations brief. He overhauled our website content and really looking forward to working with Chris again in the future.
5.0
Jina Educational Trust
Fundraising strategy
Fiona was fast and provided excellent support. After agreeing the scope of the work up front, she checked at each stage that things were progressing as planned and to see if any changes were needed. She offered constructive, pragmatic advice and was proactive and quick to respond at every step. I cannot thank Fiona enough for the invaluable support she offered us. The output of the work will be very useful to us in future.
5.0
Louise Da-Cocodia Education Trust
Advising on if and how to set up a trading arm
Lydia's response to the questions gave me a great SWOT analysis and left me in a 'blooming' state of mind. As a small charity, it was really helpful for our growth and development to get help from an experienced professional like Lydia with our business plans
5.0
Love Into Action
Reviewing and rewriting the website
Paul has provided above and beyond the expected support. We look forward to working with Paul again.
5.0
Malvern Link with Cowley
Writing blogs to improve SEO
Working with Mark was great. He was polite, efficient, and the output was exactly what we were after. I would recommend him.
5.0
Mama Nurture
Creating, updating and formatting documents for their website
Ann Marie updated and rewrote a number of forms for us. It was a really simple process, where I just sent her a folder of files, and a list of what was I was trying to achieve and after a brief conversation on the phone, she completed the work and sent it back to me with an additional template she thought would be helpful for our organisation. I'm very happy with the outcome and support received, the only point for improvement I could identify is that it took a couple of weeks to complete the work and this would have been easier for me to manage if I'd been made aware in advance.
5.0
Mindful Music
Writing an impact report
Beth wrote and designed a fantastic impact report for Mindful Music. She managed to communicate key information visually and with words in a clear and engaging manner. She responded to feedback quickly and with incredible attention to detail. Thank you Beth for your wonderful creation.
5.0
Money 4 Youth
Website content writing and review
Loved working with Christopher and wouldn't hesitate to do so again.
5.0
New Horizon Youth Centre
Reviewing financial processes and systems
Ursula assisted us with reviewing our existing financial system and made some recommendations for improvements. It was very useful to get her opinion.
5.0
Nystagmus Network
Reviewing and rewriting the website
Thank you, Alison for all your hard work on our website review. Very helpful.
5.0
Second Warwick Sea Scouts
Market research to identify how charities are fundraising online
Great communication, and speedy work, Produced a helpful proposal for us. Many thanks!
5.0
Sister System
Writing a fundraising strategy
I just wanted to say thank you to Rebecca. I am a newly appointed chair and needed to establish a fundraising strategy. Not only has she provided a structured framework that was recently approved by the Board but also advice and was very quick to respond.
5.0
Skills Enterprise
Rewriting job descriptions to cope with evolving demands
Understood the job verywell, timely, very helpful.
5.0
Solidarity Sports
Writing a fundraising bid
We were so happy to receive help from Beth for a funding application. Communication was excellent and she has a wealth of knowledge which was exactly what we needed for this task, thank you!
5.0
The Shewsy
Writing an impact report
This has been a very happy and productive experience for us at Shrewsbury House Youth Club. Chris has completed a very full Impact Report covering our past 10 years, a summary version of that report as well as a short review and recommendations for our website. He has been helpful and forgiving of the gaps we have had and diligent in researching our material. His writing has been clear, concise and strong. We are now equipped with an invaluable document which can help us develop strong PR materials within our fundraising strategy. Chris has been efficient, delightful and very helpful. We are very grateful.
5.0
The Water Lily Project
Reviewing financial processes to ensure they are able to monitor incoming grants and provide appropriate reports and controls
Katy was able to identify the best way forward for our charity and was very patient explaining how my software works. She also produced very helpful notes which I will be able to refer to in the future.
5.0
The Whittington Hospital Charitable Funds
Developing and writing a newsletter
Great service and his input improved the final product. Would be very happy to work with Paul, and Blume, in the future.
5.0
This New Ground
Redoing forecasts and cashflow projections
Ursula was brilliant. Very efficient and thorough. She help me to create a 6 month projection cashflow for my organisation and made the process friction free!! She was extremely pleasant and easy to work with. I would highly recommend her services!!
5.0
Time For The Homeless
Reviewing and writing policies for a small charity growing fast
Niketha was all we needed and more. Her understanding of what policies we needed as a charity made the whole experience easy. She explained what we needed to add to each policy thoroughly. Niketha's experience was invaluable and we cannot thank her enough
5.0
Toucan for Children
Reviewing unsuccessful funding bids and developing a new strategy
James was an enormous help during a very difficult time for our charity. He brought clarity and enthusiasm, providing clear and honest feedback, guidance and support in writing bids to receive much needed funding to enable us to re-open. He also helped in developing a clear strategy for our ongoing fundraising. We would highly recommend James. Thank you to him and Blume for the support. The Toucan Team
5.0
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
Fundraising bid
We found Margaret very easy to work with and we were happy with the work she did for us.
5.0
United in Hammersmith and Fulham
Writing an annual review
An excellent experience! James is highly knowledgeable about the charity landscape and just what excellent donor communication requires. He also quickly understood the nuances of what we require as an organisation, thanks to his background experience. He was professional, and had great ideas and a high quality finished piece in such short time. We'd happily approach him again, and recommend him to other charities looking for someone. Thanks James!
5.0
West London Welcome
Fundraising strategy review and development
Excellent work. Really happy.
5.0
Women+Health
Writing a bid for the Garfield Weston Foundation
John was a pleasure to work with, very supportive and has lots of fundraising knowledge.
5.0
Worthing Theatres and Museum
Develop and test a business model for their new venue strategy
Working with Howard has been am absolute pleasure. Professional, efficient and a great source of knowledge, and supportive throughout the process of working together. I would highly recommend working with Howard due to his breadth of knowledge and experience.
5.0


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