CharitySaver was born in the midst of the Covid pandemic when charities were suffering as never before, unable to utilise most of the traditional fundraising methods they had previously relied on and desperately needing to reduce their costs.
Faced with Covid restraints and national lockdowns, charities turned to online fundraising platforms, most of whom take a big bite out of the donations the charities rely on, so many charities ended up reducing their services in order to survive.
This got us thinking on how we could prevent this happening again, how we could make fundraising almost free for charities, enable them to keep their costs low, increase their income and ensure that they can continue to do their great work.
The result is CharitySaver. For the first time charities can fundraise online and donors make their donations, secure in the knowledge that the charity will get over 99% of each donation. But we did not stop there, we have added on a wide range of services, both free and discounted, to cut a charity’s costs, so that charities can have real support, helping them to increase income, reduce operating costs and to grow their number of supporters. Making CharitySaver THE go to support hub for charities.
CharitySaver aims to create a support hub for charities, removing all costs that can be removed and reducing others. At the same time we aim to provide the lowest cost way for charities to fundraise online.
Meet the Team
A Quaker entrepreneur and former trustee of a £7m p.a charity, Les has 40 years business experience with a history of introducing industry disrupting business models, and has built multiple successful businesses since starting his first business as a teenager.
The first to introduce fixed price billing to the accountancy profession , he is now evolving the fundraising industry via CharitySaver so that, for the first time ever, fundraising can become a zero cost option for a charity, potentially saving the UK charity sector alone a massive £4.7 Billion every year.
Ian has enjoyed a career as a UK Newspaper Publisher within Mainstream media and also successfully launched and overseen the growth of 5 National Magazines, in print, and of course digital.
He has always supported Charities with Press Releases and New Initiatives that have helped raise funds and awareness.
Ian firmly believes that Zero fundraising costs is just the start of what Charities should expect.
He truly aspires to utilise his experience, to contribute to this initiative, and believes, “We only have what we give.”
Professor Nick Petford is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Northampton and Chair of Procurement UK. Nick is a former Royal Society University Research Fellow and Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. A geologist by training, Nick has worked in industry (BP) and on academic and commercial research projects throughout the world.
He has held visiting research appointments at the Universities of Michigan and Vermont (USA) and NASA and is currently visiting professor at Macquarie University, Australia. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School.
Claire is the CEO of Firefly Communications Group, she has been at the helm of the PR agency since she founded it in 1988. Firefly shapes the reputations of technology businesses in Europe, accelerating their success. Claire supports the groups offices in London, Munich and Paris. Supporting the client base in all those countries as an exec coach or on particularly challenging communications briefs. She also carries out work for non Firefly clients and individuals through Enable Coaching.
On a voluntary basis she has also been a board member of the PRCA (Public Relations and Communications Association) and chairs the PRCA Professional Practices Committee, which upholds the PRCA Code of Conduct dealing with complaints and investigations into disputes and breaches.
Claire is also the founding member of the GEC, the Global Ethics Council for the PR and Communications industry worldwide.
She has guest lectured on reputation, PR and comms at a number of universities and colleges and has debated good ethical practice in PR at the House of Commons.
Craig is the Worldwide Supply Chain Director of the Kellogg Company based in the USA. He has supported Brain and Colon Cancer Charities and offers Charity Saver his advice on analytical and process-oriented expertise and planning processes.
Julie has enjoyed a rewarding career in Retail over the last 43 Years and has been successful in holding Senior Management positions at companies including Sears, Arcadia and Benetton.
Her commercial knowledge, experience and conscientious approach has led her to manage the prosperous performance of the retail shops of a major UK Charity across the Midlands for the last eight years.
Mel has been working at Maggs for over 18 years. Starting as a volunteer then becoming volunteer co-ordinator, and then taking over as Chief Executive. Mel has always been able to lead by example and has the innate ability to give rough sleepers dignity in a very unforgiving society. Mel strongly believes that developing a sense of dignity and self-worth is the start of the process to enable people to make positive change.
Mel is also the Chair of a furniture recycling charity called Armchair and a trustee of Worcester Municipal Charities.
Her wealth of experience, knowledge and sheer positive drive is such a valuable asset to Charity Saver.
Neil’s background is as a Royal Air Force Aircraft Technician with a passion for motorcycles. His journey started back at the tender age of 17 with the purchase of his first bike, over the next couple of years he completed an Advanced riding examination and then shortly after qualified as a motorcycle instructor.
The idea of looking at Blood Bikes started after his friend joined a group in Norfolk and seeing the valuable work these volunteers were doing across the country he decided to set up a Blood Bike group in Aberdeen. He became the Founder and Chairman of North East Rider Volunteers or NERVS for short, like all the charities they were formed to give something back to the NHS and as a result the communities we live in.
He successfully, then made an informed decision to step back to give others the opportunity to experience what it was like to run a Charity, he was then given the opportunity to work as a volunteer for the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (NABB) and became their Member Benefits Support Officer, a role Neil is thoroughly enjoying.