What do you think of that Radcliffe bloke?
It’s always helpful to hear what other people think, so here is a selection of quotes and comments from clients and organisations that have worked with Richard:
Leona Walsh, Major Gift and Legacies Manager at Cork Simon Community
We have worked with Richard for 3 years; his knowledge and enthusiasm are second to none. We now have a clearly defined legacy strategy informed by the outcomes of several enlightening focus groups. We, and our donors, found Richard to be engaging, knowledgeable and very entertaining! The focus groups were very relaxed and Richard really took on board what we wanted to get out of them. We also undertook some training with Richard which all of our team found very useful . We would really highly recommend Richard and look forward to working with him in the years to come.Close
Top speaker IoF Convention
Richard was voted a IoF National Convention Top Speaker 2012Close
Nicci Walmsley, Head of Community Fundraising – British Red Cross
Richard has helped us to transform our approaches to legacy fundraising. With his help, we’ve been able to move legacies to centre-stage of our fundraising strategy. Now everyone in the organisation, including our board of trustees and our services volunteers, is being exposed to our legacy message and legacy promotion is part of every community fundraisers objectives.Close
Karen Bissaker, Legacy Manager – World Vision UK
“Richard is well respected within the fundraising sector with a wealth of experience and knowledge in legacy fundraising that is second to none. He is great fun to work with, professional and reliable. Richard has worked with World Vision since 2001 helping us to start a legacy programme from scratch, conducting both legacy and in memoriam focus groups, training staff on how to make the legacy ask to key supporters and even inspiring colleagues in World Vision New Zealand and Australia! He is simply the best in the business.”Close
Marie Helene is Director of Development at Wigmore Hall
“Richard has been an invaluable support in helping me craft a legacy strategy and in training me and my colleagues to gain a better understanding of legacy fundraising. His many years of experience in this field, his enthusiasm for all things fundraising continue to be an inspiration and I would recommend Richard to anyone who is seeking to implement a legacy campaign.”Close
Gary Hawkes, Head of Fundraising – Farleigh Hospice
Richard has provided expert advice at a number of charities I have worked at. To say he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the subject of legacy fundraising is an understatement. He is quite simply unrivalled in this area and brings a real evidence base to his intelligent and amusing understanding of the topic. At Farleigh Hospice Richard ran a number of Focus Groups, which not only helped to develop our strategy but also provided a level of sensitivity when talking to patients and their families.
We also used Richard at a staff training day, particularly to explore how our shops team could get involved in promoting legacies. Not only did this lead to the development of some practical tools for the team to use it also motivated the shops team to recognise their role in legacy fundraising.
Catherine McCrohan, Head of Supporter Services & Direct Marketing – Breast Cancer Care
“Richard Radcliffe is approachable, supportive and hugely encouraging to work with. For us, working with him is a joy and constant education as he approaches legacy fundraising with immense enthusiasm, passion and an open mind. Richard has deep knowledge of how consumers think about gifts in wills and how this differs by cause and organisation, and has helped Breast Cancer Care to develop an approach that is right for us, our cause, our supporters and our budget. Wearing his knowledge lightly, he successfully communicates his passion for legacies to staff and volunteers alike using a liberal dose of humour, case studies and stories from the thousands of legacy focus groups he’s run. He is excellent value for money and there is never a dull moment!”Close
Karen Docwra, Fundraiser – Waverley Care
“We were delighted with the work which Richard did for Waverley Care. As a medium-sized charity, working with a difficult fundraising cause (HIV/Hep C), legacy fundraising had been something we had not previously prioritised. Richard not only helped us to clarify and focus our thinking about the potential value of a legacy focus group but also gave us the confidence to believe that we could work towards gaining our share of the legacy market.
The two focus groups which Richard ran were relaxed and fun, meaning that participants felt comfortable to talk openly about their own circumstances and preferences in charitable giving. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that there were already legacy pledgers within the group.
The follow-up report and meeting has given us an excellent platform to take forward a legacy strategy and we are now confident that this can be a significant area of fundraising for us going forward.”
Maud Randel, Managing Director, Randel Marketing AB (Sweden)
“Richard has worked with a number of clients in Sweden and has challenged the way we think about legacies. His advice to some of the largest national charities has had a really positive effect and his clear thinking and inspiring leadership has paid benefits.”Close
Valerio Melandri, Director of Master in Fundraising – University of Bologna
“It’s not often you get to meet a ‘godfather’ in fundraising and yet that is exactly what I think of when I see Richard Radcliffe in action. His leadership in the legacy and will fundraising sector is unique and formidable. He is providing tangible capacity building programs and resources with his training class (he is one of our best acclaimed professors at the Masters in Fundraising degree of the University of Bologna). He has strong qualities as a speaker and as a consultant both in UK and in the world. And, by the way, he is also a very funny man, with his ‘terrible’ English humor!”Close
Nichola Sims, Training Manager – Institute of Legacy Management
“Richard’s unique training style manages to breathe life into probate statistics, puts flesh on the bones of trends in legacy giving and provides up to the minute advice on the best way in which to encourage your charity’s supporters to remember your organisation in their will. Bringing the supposedly boring area of legacies alive, Richard has proved time and again to be both entertaining and enlightening.”Close
Patrick Mulvihill, Development Director, Uppingham School
“We wanted to take a fresh look at legacy fundraising for independent schools and Richard provided us with just what we needed – clear thinking, new ideas, a logical process and a final strategy, which both we and our alumni were happy with. Richard proved to be excellent value and we are pleased to recommend his services to other schools.”Close