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Emily Drayson | 10 April 2017

We ask Emily Drayson, founder of Drayson Research and Researchers in Fundraising SIG member, why she decided to join the IoF Trustee Board, and why you should get involved too!

Why did you become a trustee?

I had been actively involved in the Researchers in Fundraising SIG (Special Interest Group) for a number of years and was keen to see increased representation of non-frontline fundraisers within the Institute. I stood for election in 2014 and never really expected to get elected. I was actually volunteering at Fundraising Convention when the results were announced and so attended my first board meeting wearing an ill-fitting, stained volunteers’ t-shirt!


How have you been able to apply your skills to your role as a trustee?

Coming from a research background, I’ve found that my analytical skills have proved particularly useful. I spend quite a lot of my day-job examining company and charity accounts and have enjoyed putting this experience to practical use; in addition to my role as a trustee, I serve on the Institute’s Finance & Resources Committee.


What has been the most worthwhile part of being an IoF trustee?

One of the reasons I stood for election was a desire to raise the profile of those working in back-office fundraising functions. I never imagined that the area in which I specialise – major donor research – would become such a focus of attention. Since the ICO launched its investigations into charity fundraising practices I’ve been working with the Institute’s Executive Team and other sector representatives to influence the debate and map a way forward.


Why would you encourage others to apply to be an IoF trustee?

The past two years have been a time of unprecedented scrutiny of the fundraising sector. It’s all too easy to stand on the side-lines and complain about the treatment of the profession or criticise the sector’s response. By applying to become an IoF trustee you could be part of the way the profession responds and moves forward. 

Emily Drayson, Prospect Research and Fundraising Intelligence, Drayson Research

Emily was elected to the Board of Trustees in July 2014. She is an experienced fundraising researcher and provides freelance prospect research and analysis to charities, educational institutions and arts organisations across the UK.

Emily is also a member of the Researchers in Fundraising Special Interest Group. 



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