Name: Tony Rich
Job title: Fundraiser
Surprising fact about you: In my spare time I play saxophone in a ska band
Is there a typical day in the office for you? I am largely based outside the office and come in for meetings. The role involves looking for opportunities to bring funding into the charity to help with its work, so it’s always different.
What is your favourite part of your job? Getting to form partnerships with other organisations to bring funding in which enables Respect to achieve its aims.
What challenges face you in your role? The funding climate for the charity sector is becoming increasingly difficult and charities are all looking to the same potential sources of funds. This means that you have to fit in with potential funders’ ideas.
What are Respect’s main projects and how are they funded? Respect runs two national phone lines, one for the perpetrators of domestic abuse and one for male victims. These are funded by a Home Office grant.
We also accredit a national network of local delivery partners that work with perpetrators directly, and run projects focused on young people who use violence and abuse in a family setting. These last two services are funded largely by other grants.
Finally, we run an extensive programme of training courses and events which are self-funded.
What makes Respect’s services unique and why is it important they remain funded? Respect is the only national charity that is focused on trying to change the behaviour of perpetrators of domestic abuse in order to stop abuse at its source. The focus of the charity work means that Respect faces challenges in securing donations from the public, but the unique nature of this work means that it is all the more crucial that it continues to be adequately funded.
What successes have you have over the last year? Over the past nine months, we have co-written several major funding bids and have also been able to develop the partnership between Respect and a number of other national charities. We’re hopeful that this work will lead to further opportunities to seek funding together in the future.
What developments in fundraising would you like to see in the next five years? It would be great to see more funders that are happy to support charities such as Respect which may struggle to attract public and corporate donations. It would also be beneficial if more funders were happy to fund core costs as well as individual projects.
How can people support Respect? We welcome any donations. You can donate online on our website, or via text to Respect 70070 e.g. to donate £10 please text RESP10 £10 to 70070.
It is also possible to donate for free via internet searches by going through Savoo. Each time a search is made 1p goes to Respect. To do this all you have to do is click on this link, press the ‘Support this cause’ button, set up an account and start searching.