Rob Woods, Director

Rob has worked in fundraising since 2000 and has spent more than a decade honing ways to help fundraisers improve their skills and raise more money. During that time he has helped more than 12,000 fundraisers, directors and chief executives from hundreds of charities.

Rob started his career as a fundraiser for the NSPCC during the FULL STOP Campaign and then was appointed Fundraising Training Manager. Since becoming an independent trainer and coach, Rob has worked with organisations of every size, from tiny charities to some of the world’s leading non-profit organisations. His clients include Cambridge University, Oxfam, British Heart Foundation, Tate and UNICEF.

The Major Gifts training programme Rob created for the NSPCC helped secure an increase in major gifts income of 29%, for which he received a UK Skills National Training Award.

He is the author of several books, including The Fundraiser Who Wanted More and has been a tutor for the Institute of Fundraising Academy since 2008 where his courses include Win that Pitch and Writing to Influence.

He is an adjunct Professor of Philanthropy at the University of Bologna and a regular speaker at some of the world’s leading fundraising conferences including the IOF Convention and the International Fundraising Convention, where he also delivers the Prepare to Inspire Programme to help other speakers excel.

Rob founded Bright Spot in 2007 to provide services that support fundraisers at all levels, from front-line fundraisers to chief executives, to help you increase fundraising income and enjoy your job.

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