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Project information

Sevenfold Fundraising 2018

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 £30,000 into £210,000!

April 2019 - March 2020

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.


    Sabre’s Brighter Futures programme has demonstrated significant positive impact in Ghana, building 14 schools, training 972 teachers and improving the lives of over 28,500 children. This challenge will help our team in Ghana to scale these impacts to many more communities, teachers and children. The funds generated will contribute to funding the first year of teacher training in the Eastern Region which will reach 19,256 four and five year old children providing a quality early years education.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    • Maintain applications to Trusts and Foundations for grants.


    » Apply for appropriate number of grants to support our identified programme activity in 2019/2020.
    » 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 2019 for Sabre.


    » Promote the Triathlon amongst our corporate partners
    » Support the event and participants who are raising funds for Sabre.

    What success will look like

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

    Aim 4

    Secure one corporate group volunteer trip in 2019


    » Promote and market volunteer opportunities to Corporate Partners
    » Organise and support 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 Events Costs Hold annual event and support Reach Cambridge, Monster Triathlon, Lostwithiel carnival and postage
      £99,972 Fundraising Staff Costs Support the small but very effective fundraising team
      £20,854 UK Office overhead costs Provide small office base in Cornwall and administrative costs assosciated

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Reach Cambridge Summer School Fundraising £4,000 Conditional
    Monster Triathlon £10,000 Conditional
  • 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 28 staff in Ghana to deliver the Brighter Futures programme. The programme currently benefits communities in the Central and Western Regions. Income generated using this Big Give fundraising will be earmarked for expansion into the Eastern Region.


    Securing unrestricted funding for the Fundraising Team will enable them to generate 7 times more income. This will contribute towards expanding our teacher training programme to two districts in the Eastern Region, reaching 487 classrooms, and 933 kindergarten teachers will be gain the skills and confidence to teach in a child-centred way. 19,256 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 2.7 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

    Chief Executive Officer, responsible for Brighter Futures programme strategy and ensuring alignment with national plans. (0.1 FTE)

    Nadine Adamski

    Head of Fundraising & Communications, responsible for fundraising strategy and ensuring alignment with programme objectives. (0.7 FTE)

    Katie Coles

    Fundraising Manager, responsible for delivering fundraising activities. (1 FTE)

    Abigail Jago

    Grants and Communications Manager, responsible for delivering fundraising activities and communications. (1 FTE)

“I have had many conversations with Sabre, but never before delved in this deeply to understand all that they have achieved and how much relevance it has to our process.”