Across a range of sectors
Thomson Philanthropy Clients
Thomson Philanthropy has worked with more than 20 clients across a range of sectors and is characterised by long term client partnerships and helping to build capacity for sustainable fundraising.
Doug has used his international experience and ability to work overseas, especially in North America, to support clients in developing their knowledge and their philanthropic programmes.
The University of Nottingham
From 2009 Doug was a strategic consultant to the University of Nottingham, supporting the planning, launch and early phases of its Impact Campaign.
From 2013 to 2018 he served as Director of the Campaign, working with university leadership and external volunteers to successfully close the Campaign having raised £242m.
During this period Doug led the Campaign and Alumni Relations team and is proud to have worked alongside outstanding colleagues in delivering some landmark gifts for the university.
Major initiatives enabled by these gifts include The David Ross Sports Village, Cripps Health Centre, the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory and many scholarship and bursary programmes.
A key outcome of the Impact Campaign was to re-establish philanthropy at the University of Nottingham and to engage a wide cross section of the university community.
An example of these extraordinary levels of engagement was Life Cycle; a community and major gift fundraising campaign which supported a range of medical projects and earned a Times Higher award in 2016.
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is the global non-profit association dedicated to educational advancement – alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and advancement services—who share the goal of championing education to transform lives and society. Since 2014, Doug has led study tours that introduce institutional leaders from around the world to the very best advancement programmes in Canada and the United States.
More than 70 vice-chancellors, executive board members and development directors have participated in these programmes and use this experience to advance their own institutions. As a result Doug has developed his own knowledge and networks that can be leveraged to support clients, to develop partnerships and to deliver results. The Leadership for Advancement tour to Canada returns in 2022 and will be a terrific opportunity for university leaders seeking to elevate their fundraising and alumni relations programmes.
The British Olympic Association
Doug worked with the British Olympic Association (BOA) to refine its fundraising proposition ahead of Tokyo 2020 and to support the fundraising team. The BOA selects and prepares the nation’s leading athletes to compete in summer, winter and youth Olympics, under the banner of Team GB. Since London 2012 the BOA has engaged with high net worth individuals, alongside its partnerships with corporate sponsors, to provide the “margin of excellence” that has underpinned success at recent games.
Doug has supported the BOA’s development director and executive leadership in developing the case for support, the structure of donor stewardship programmes and with solicitation planning and implementation. As part of this, Doug conducted a series of feasibility interviews which will help inform the engagement of donors for Paris 2024.