Fruitful:fundraising is Sean Tully, MInstF(cert), often working with associates and all-round good people. Based in Nottinghamshire, I offer more than a decade’s worth of fundraising, grant-making and third-sector experience in the East Midlands and beyond, predominantly in the field of Statutory, Lottery and Trust grants.

With diverse voluntary sector experience ranging from large, £1m+ turnover charities down to small volunteer-led groups, my fundraising can most obviously be defined by financial return – nearly £1million of grant funding secured in four years. But this tells only part of the story.

Between 2002 and 2007 I worked as a Grants Officer with the Big Lottery Fund, assessing grant applications to the national Strategic Grants programme, and contract-managing a portfolio of grants with a value in excess of £10m.

Sitting on that side of the fence I learned a lot about how grant-makers approach their giving. I talked to a great many applicants and grant holders. I trained fellow Grants Officers to do the work. I watched, listened and learned as the national Grants committee debated and awarded funding decisions.

And since 2008, having achieved Full Certificated Member of the Institute of Fundraising – MinstF(cert) – I have worked with charities to enhance their own fundraising activity, applying many of the lessons that I learned at the Big Lottery Fund and others picked up along the way.

Married, with four children, fruitfulness is a goal of my work, my life and my Christian faith. It inspires my personal vision, values, and vocation.

If you’d like to make your fundraising more fruitful then please get in touch by email: sean@fruitfulfundraising.co.uk, by phone: 0779 2697288, or via twitter: @fruitful_fr. Keep up with my latest work and general musings via the blog, and read about past work and what clients thought of it here.


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