Simon Dickson, Senior Consultant

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High Value Fundraising Strategy for International Markets

Case for Support Development

Impact of Culture

Balancing Capital & Revenue Funding

Heritage, Conservation & Environment Campaigns

Building High Performance Teams

Simon is a highly experienced fundraiser with a proven track record in high value fundraising over 20 years for capital and revenue fundraising programmes at a range of leading organisations.

Conservation and the environment have been key elements of Simon’s career as well as personal passions. His has undertaken senior roles heading high value fundraising teams (HNWIs, corporates and foundations)  at several world-leading heritage and conservation organisations; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Natural History Museum and Eden Project. During his tenure at each, Simon led on the development and delivery of fundraising strategies and propositions for major capital projects including the Millennium Seed Bank and Darwin Centre. During his career, Simon has also gained significant experience in developing fundraising initiatives to grow sustainable income for core research programmes, education initiatives and exhibitions.

With formal education and training in science, and practical fundraising experience across a range of leading cultural and conservation organisations, Simon brings a range of unique skills and knowledge for delivering effective strategies and innovative approaches to secure support for complex, multi-faceted organisations with ambitious fundraising targets.

Simon has worked for a number of INGOs and organisations fundraising overseas as a fundraising practitioner and consultant. He worked for UNICEF in the UK managing the philanthropy team and on a range of special projects including the charity’s unique international partnership with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He also led on the development of a new leadership giving and high level influencer programme to maximise the potential of the charity’s key supporters.

Other international experience has been gained with organisations tackling environmental and conservation issues, and with the central bodies of a number of INGOS and UN agencies, working through in-county associations across the globe. Projects have been equally diverse from developing a case for support for new individual giving markets to strategy development for high value giving income streams across multiple territories.

In addition to fundraising with INGOs, Simon has experience of fundraising from the USA. Securing funding for major capital projects for a range of leading UK cultural organisations and has both knowledge and experience of fundraising from ‘global’ donors.

Through the diverse range of projects Simon has undertaken, he has developed valuable insights of both fundraising cultures, strategies and income streams in different countries, and also the challenges of delivering programmes in countries with very different levels of development and the implications for donor relations.

Simon has had experience of managing and growing high-performing fundraising teams. He understands people, structures and cultures, and what is needed to develop and implement effective strategies and plans.

‘Seeing the bigger picture while delivering practical approaches to achieve success.’