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University of Strathclyde

Case Study
Alumni and Development Services Review

Halpin was engaged by University of Strathclyde (winners of THE’s University of the Year 2019) to undertake a review of fundraising performance. The university was also looking to formulate a future strategy. Strathclyde has an unusually distinctive, clear and important vision.

We found an Alumni & Development Services department which was well-led, working hard and doing the right things. Halpin’s team of fundraising experts analysed the many strengths of the existing fundraising function, and also identified areas for future focus. We met with the senior leadership team and key volunteers, enabling us to form a good overall picture.

Working in partnership with Strathclyde, we identified many opportunities for future growth and suggested some changes in order help the university realise its fundraising ambitions.

Our final report summarised our findings across principal gifts, corporate partnerships and foundations, prospect pipeline management, international fundraising, profile raising and projects, major gifts productivity, senior volunteers and the timelines and targets.

The University of Strathclyde now has a roadmap to a future campaign, or to increased fundraising potential, with 13 recommendations to implement.

What they said:

“Halpin undertook a full review of our fundraising function, at a time when the University of Strathclyde was ready to consider where it could increase its donor funding and its impact. Importantly, this review felt like a real partnership effort, led by consultants who had recently walked in our shoes, and one that enabled our fundraising team and our senior leadership to fully understand where Strathclyde’s fundraising opportunities and challenges now lay.

If you want to take your fundraising operation to the next level then I’d highly recommend Halpin to help you get there.”

Karen Boyle LLB, Head of Alumni & Development