Hands-on Fundraising and Administration


Positive, professional and results driven with a successful background in the achievement of thriving business growth, Don Ramsay is a self motivated team player, working on his own initiative and flexibly according to customer demand. He possesses excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills and has the ability to develop and maintain mutually beneficial internal and external relations.

Don was MD of a European based food packaging materials business for over twenty years. He also has a proven track record as an independent researcher, marketer and hands-on fundraiser for the Third Sector, working with charities and not-for-profit organisations.


  • Organisation administration
  • Researching suitable grant making organisations.
  • Undertaking hands on fundraising responsibility targeting major charitable bodies.
  • Developing marketing tools, introductory documents and case statements.
  • Reviewing existing bids.
  • Developing web and social media sites for both the corporate and charitable sectors.
  • Developing and implementing administrative and management systems for organisations working with young people and vulnerable adults, DBS (formerly CRB) and data protection.
  • Liaising with trustees and patrons to maximise their benefit to the trust.
  • Preparing business for conversion to charitable status.
  • Maintaining an interest in modern financial mechanisms.


Don Ramsay develops well crafted strategies and solutions from a specific project to a complete campaign or from a website to a comprehensive on-line presence, helping organisations to generate income from a range of sources.  He researches into suitable grant making organisations, trusts, foundations etc. to ascertain their compatibility and undertakes the application accordingly.

Don provides hands-on support to organisations that do not employ an experienced fundraiser to help realise their project. He designs and assembles or reviews corporate sponsorship documents and organises fund raising events. He especially undertakes thorough trusts and foundations research, making relevant applications in addition to such funding sources as statutory organisations and the lottery.  He also works with potential corporate sponsors at director level, introducing them to projects and discussing their aspirations regarding their corporate social responsibility.

Based in the south-east, Don works with trustees, patrons, chief executives and managers to develop appropriate strategies and appeal materials to then make approaches and applications to relevant funding sources.