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Project information

Sevenfold Fundraising

Core funding is the hardest thing for charities to raise, but it is absolutely vital to the success of any charity’s programmes. Our Big Idea is to raise core funds for Sabre’s fundraising team to in turn generate seven times this amount for our projects in Ghana – turning £24,000 into £168,000!

April 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: Sabre Education

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  • Need


    Sabre’s mission is to build a brighter future for school children in Ghana, we do this by building better schools and providing transformational teacher training to improve the life chances of some of the poorest young Ghanaians. Our fundraising team has a proven record for generating £7 from every £1 we spend on fundraising, so we know that by raising core funds we can significantly impact on thousands more children in Ghana.


    Over the past 8 years, Sabre’s Brighter Futures programme has demonstrated significant positive impact in Ghana, building 12 schools, training 720 teachers and improving the lives of over 23,000 children. Our Sevenfold Fundraising challenge will help our team in Ghana to scale these impacts to many more communities, teachers and children. The funds generated as a result of this challenge will help fund a district wide teacher training programme, which will benefit over 5,000 children every year.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Maintain applications to Trusts and Foundations for grants.


    » Apply for appropriate number of grants to support our identified programme activity in 2018/2019.
    » Identify and research Trust and Foundations with a common mission with Sabre.
    » Report to all existing grants and maintain a dialogue.

    What success will look like

    Fundraising income will be set against programme costs and Sabres required annual income i.e all programmes can be delivered as planned and on time.

    Aim 2

    Deliver Reach Cambridge summer school community fundraising partnership


    » Deliver lectures and fundraising workshops to summer school students.
    » Coordinate and deliver a Sabre Charity Fete Day in Cambridge.

    What success will look like

    Annual fundraising event, Reach Cambridge raises more than the previous year.

    Aim 3

    Secure participant sign ups to the Monster Triathlon 2018 for Sabre.


    » Promote the Triathlon amongst our corporate partners.
    » Support participants raising funds for Sabre

    What success will look like

    Annual fundraising event, Monster Triathlon raises more than the previous year.

    Aim 4

    Secure two corporate group volunteer trips in 2018


    » Promote and market volunteer opportunities to Corporate Partners.
    » Organise, support and attend all trips to develop stewardship with all volunteers.

    What success will look like

    Corporate volunteer trips completed with all attendees reaching their fundraising targets.

  • Impact


    Strengthening Sabre’s existing funding relationships and creating new ones will expand our portfolio of income streams and repeat funders. This will create further financial sustainability for Sabre and most importantly sustain programme delivery in Ghana. This project will enable Sabre to carry out vital fundraising to expand the reach of Sabre’s Teacher Training programme to a new district. This will create a long term change in the way kindergarten education is delivered in Ghana.


    Failing to secure core funding needed to continue Sabre’s fundraising function would jeopardise the future of Sabre’s entire programme delivery.
    We mitigate this risk by:
    •Having an active reserves policy to ensure core functions are covered for at least 3 months
    •Carrying out quarterly forecasting to anticipate and react to dips in income and peaks in programme costs
    •Ensuring we have varied income streams, including community and corporate fundraising and grants to maintain income stability.


    Donors will receive regular reports on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans. We also publish social media updates, based on our dedicated programme blogs. Our annual report is distributed to all of our donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £136,366

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,540 Fundraising Event Costs costs of running, marketing and supporting events.
      £99,972 Fundraising Staff Costs Staff costs for 2.8FTE fundraising staff
      £20,854 UK Office Overhead Costs Office space with associated cost for two of our employees where the charity is based in Cornwall

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    The ELMA Foundation £29,681 Conditional
    Foundation requesting anonymity £43,922 Guaranteed
    Tullow Oil plc £22,087 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Sabre fundraising team is based in the UK, in different locations, in Cornwall at Sabre’s main office and in London working from home and hot desking at a corporate partner. The team works efficiently to raise funds to enable the 43 staff in Ghana to deliver the Brighter Futures programme. The programme benefits communities in the Central and Western Regions. Income generated using this Big Give fundraising will be earmarked for a district wide Teacher Training programme.


    Securing unrestricted funding for the Fundraising Team will enable them to generate 7 times more income, growing £24,000 to £168,000. This will enable Sabre to expand its Teacher Training programme into a new district. Up to 200 kindergarten teachers will be given the skills and confidence to teach in a child-centred way. Over 5,000 four and five year old children will benefit from a quality education, providing them with a strong foundation by learning through activity and play.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Sabre’s small fundraising team far exceed targets. With an impressive 7 fold return on investment, Sabre’s fundraising ensures the future of the Brighter Futures Programme. Without expanding our team we have tripled our fundraising income in the last 3 years. The team comprises 2.8 FTE, who are all long standing members with extensive experience, an award winning Head of Fundraising and supported by a Trustee Board with over 20 years’ experience fundraising in the international charity sector.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dominic Bond

    Managing Director, responsible for Brighter Futures programme strategy and ensuring alignment with national plans. (0.4 FTE)

    Nadine Adamski

    Head of Fundraising, responsible for fundraising strategy and ensuring alignment with programme objectives. (0.6 FTE)

    Katie Coles

    Fundraising Officer, responsible for delivering fundraising activities. (0.8 FTE)

    Abigail Jago

    Fundraising and Communications Officer, responsible for delivering fundraising activities and communications. (1 FTE)