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the collective

efficient fundraising collective was founded by Alex Hyde-Parker and Paul Weighand who have spent the last twenty years working with universities, charities and grant-making trusts to build teams, systems and processes to enable effective fundraising and charitable service delivery.

Paul and Alex formed the collective to ensure that all fundraising organisations can access the skills, experience and resources they need.  

We provide a comprehensive range of consultancy services in fundraising strategy, operations and analysis. We can help you implement a new CRM, build dashboards for reporting and insight, review your operation and provide staff directly to keep you running.

EFC The Collective

Alex has 15 years of senior fundraising operations experience in his 25 years working with non-profit organisations. Alex is an expert in campaign planning, process design, organisational design and team management, information management and reporting.

As a consultant Alex has helped the University of Oxford, Warwick University, University College School, Manchester NHS Foundation Trust Charity, National Museums Scotland, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, the Royal Northern College of Music and many others.  Alex is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.

Paul has worked in system development, business operations and data analysis for the past 20 years.  He helped to develop the data and prospect management systems that underpinned the University of Edinburgh’s campaign and has continued to develop and promote an evidence-based approach to fundraising and engagement activities.

Since becoming a consultant, Paul has had the privilege of working with a range of clients in Higher Education, the Arts and Health including Imperial College London, University of Glasgow, Cancer Research UK, Anti-Slavery International, and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Katie has more than ten years experience in CRM and database management and is an expert in gift processing and philanthropic income, direct debits, financial reconciliation and data integrations. 

Katie is an expert in database reporting and analysis and has worked on several large reporting projects for education and charitable organisations.

Katie's client work includes Rugby School, University College School, Corpus Christi College Oxford, Magdalen College Oxford and Manchester NHS Foundation Trust Charity.

With over 23 years of experience in fundraising and business development, James is a specialist in capital and revenue fundraising, strategic business development and capacity & resilience building. He has helped deliver over £400 million of capital projects across the UK in the cultural, heritage and higher education sectors. He brings an incredible strategic appreciation and vision to those he works with to support their mission to ensure they meet their goals.
James works with charities to ensure that they acknowledge, embrace, and overcome their challenges. His previous projects include Wales Millennium Centre, National Botanic Gardens of Wales, National Museums Scotland, the University of Edinburgh and Arts & Business Cymru, where he worked with over 150 independent charities.

Alex brings a blend of expertise, being both skilled in database and information management within the higher education sector, alongside successful fundraising in arts and cultural organisations. With a  background from Hope Mill Theatre, The Royal Northern College of Music, Hofesh Shechter, and Somerset House, Alex has an in-depth understanding of a variety of CRM systems, including Blackbaud’s Raisers Edge/NXT, Spektrix, Tessitura, and Seat Geek’s SRO.

Having an understanding of hands-on fundraising as well as data management, Alex has not only crafted efficient systems but is enthusiastic in building processes that work for both fundraisers and operational teams. With a proven track record of delivering and designing mid to large scale campaigns and appeals, Alex is passionate about the power of well-managed data and information, and it’s impact to predict trends within regular and public giving.

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