Our services include feasibility and planning studies, campaign planning, strategic and operational consulting, as well as interim management in philanthropy, alumni & stakeholder engagement, volunteer & donor relations, and corporate engagement.  Whether you are wanting to develop activity in these areas for the first time, or are looking to improve your existing operations, Brakeley Ltd consultants know that any assignment begins with an understanding of the mission and vision of each client’s organisation and how best to present that to potential supporters and members.

Brakeley consultants have extensive experience in major gifts, regular and planned giving, international fundraising, alumni & stakeholder engagement, corporate engagement and volunteer management.

Feasibility and Planning studies

A comprehensive study that involves interviewing key internal colleagues and carefully chosen external stakeholders to find out how best to proceed with fundraising, alumni & stakeholder relations, corporate engagement and volunteering initiatives.

Strategic Review

A shorter internal study to create decision support and a plan to succeed with initiatives in fundraising, supporter engagement and corporate engagement. It is often followed by an external phase where the internal ideas are ”market tested” against external key people.

Strategic workshops

A good way to quickly gain insights and to start formulating a joint vision among the key people in your organization.

Campaign planning and management

We help you to plan and execute a campaign with hands on support.

Prospect research

We help you to identify and create a plan for potential donors among individuals, private foundations and corporations.

Mid-campaign reinforcement

We help you during a campaign to review successes and missed opportunities, strengthen your activities and reach your financial and engagement targets.

Strategic and operational consulting

Ongoing consulting in support of leadership, advisory board members, fundraising, alumni relations and corporate engagement staff.

Training and coaching

Training and coaching for internal colleagues and  senior stakeholders, to ensure they best support your organisational objectives.

Interim management

One of our consultants is hired as an interim manager to develop and support activity while you build up your own in-house team.  We can also help with recruitment of key team members.


We help clients to recruit key staff.  This can include team structure planning, job and person specifications for key roles and promoting roles amongst our networks.  Our extensive experience in teams like the ones you will be trying to build gives us the networks and the knowledge to support clients through this process.

Engagement Strategies

The development of strong fundraising & volunteering programmes and corporate partnerships relies on exceptional engagement. We can help you create strategies that will drive your stakeholder communications, create and grow volunteering programmes, develop corporate engagement models and steward donors & volunteers.

Board Development and Governance

We can help you identify potential campaign board members, recruit, train and support them to be effective leaders and champions of your fundraising, alumni and corporate engagement activities.