Interview with – Karon Phillips

Karon has been an associate of Money Tree Fundraising since 2014 and is an accomplished third sector fundraiser, coach and trainer. She has nearly 20 years’ experience leading voluntary sector organisations; and has run both local and national charities. Karon’s particular strengths are developing strong and successful Big Lottery (£2 million secured since 2010) along with a range of trust applications, change management and strategic development. Karon has a postgraduate diploma in management studies and a diploma in fundraising. She is chair of the Institute of Fundraising East Midlands Region and a board member of One East Midlands. What was the first charity you worked for? Northampton Council for Voluntary Services When was that? 1992 What was your job? Project Manager How many years have you been fundraising so far? Fundraising was part of my role when I was the CEO of three charities (including a national homeless charity with a UK wide remit). The main focus of my work for the past six years has been supporting a wide range of charities with preparing grant applications, developing and implementing tools to capture need and impact. How much money have you raised for the charities you’ve worked with (roughly)? £8.5 million in grant income And of all that experience, what would you pick as your greatest career success to-date? Being able to share my skills and experience with the CEO and Directors of smaller charities. The result has seen these smaller charities successfully developing and securing long term funding which has supported their sustainability. When you look around our sector, who do you hold up as a Hero? I don’t...