Welcome To
REAL Fundraising

Welcome to REAL Fundraising. We’re a face-to-face fundraising and calling agency with a vision to change the world. It’s a big goal, but we’re up for the challenge. We’re activists, not only at heart, but in everything we do. We believe in purpose over profit, putting global and UK charities and their initiatives first, so they can succeed. We help non-profit organisations achieve their goals and use business as a force for good.

What We Do
ABOUT US

Take a journey with us to discover our charity fundraising story so far.

REAL Fundraising was founded in 2009 by our directors who worked together in the charity fundraising industry.

They believed their shared ethics, values and goals would make a charity fundraising agency more successful, both for charity clients and the agency itself.

REAL Fundraising grew quickly, picking up some of the world’s biggest charities, like UNICEF, then Barnardo’s and Centrepoint, who we still work with today.

By 2012, after substantial growth, we realised we needed to refocus on our values and purpose, so we scaled back in places and restructured the management team.

This is where we became the REAL Fundraising we are today, with our values firmly at the heart of everything we do.

Our values and ethics aren’t just geared towards our charity clients, we extend them to all of our employees – the REAL Family.

In September 2017 we started the REAL Ethical Group (REG) and in October that year, the REAL Ethical Fund (REF), to make ethical policy decisions and donate to UK charities chosen by REG and the wider REAL Family.

We were originally a face-to-face charity fundraising agency offering free calling services as a value add.

From 2009, we had been carrying out warm calls with donors and the growing demand for Telephone Fundraising from our existing clients led the launch of REAL Calling in 2019.

2018 was a big year for us. We became the first face-to-face fundraising agency on the planet to gain B Corp certification, we became carbon neutral and were the runners up in the Business Culture Awards.

In June 2016 we started up the REAL Partnership Programme to help smaller businesses, individual fundraisers and REAL colleagues start up their own charity fundraising companies that share the same values as us.

2020 we upscaled our digital department and now provide a full range of digital fundraising services to complete our omni-channel fundraising offering.

Subcontracting

REAL Subcontracting Partnership Programme

We’re dedicated to helping those who share our core values. We help smaller charity fundraising businesses, individual fundraisers and even our REAL colleagues, succeed in their drive to make the world a better place. From mentoring to charity materials, access to charity campaigns and much more, we offer an innovative subcontracting model with benefits far beyond others.

Products & Services

Face-to-Face

Whether it’s door-to-door, private site, events or street fundraising, we’ve got all of your face-to-face charity fundraising needs covered. With over 50 years combined experience, we’re one of the longest running and most successful face-to-face charity fundraising companies.

Calling

Welcome and QC calls are part of the valued-added services we provide to all of our clients. We also offer acquisition, warm calling and check-ins as an additional service from our team at REAL Calling. We’re experts in values-based conversations and have some of the highest rates of conversion and retention in the industry.

Digital

From social ads to charity specific content and full digital campaigns, we’re able to target your key community and fulfil your digital fundraising needs. We use advanced lead scoring as well as behavioural and attribution modelling to create excitement around your charity fundraising campaigns, ultimately leading to success for your charity drive.

Blog & News

How to get started with F2F.

Are you a charity that is looking to start F2F fundraising but doesn't have the budget to work with an agency. As experts in all things F2F We've put together...

Liam McEntegart Jan 16 ‧ 3 minutes

REAL Fundraising implements pay rise for all Fundraisers with Living wage adjustment 4 months early.

Jan 1st 2024. REAL Fundraising and all their sub-contracting partners have implemented a pay rise for all fundraisers 4 months before the Living Wage Foundation deadline of the 1st May...

Liam McEntegart Jan 2 ‧ 1 minute

Why truly ethical organisations increase their donations to charities in line with their growth in profit.

As the charity sector reflects on the recent findings from The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) as published in Civil Society, We wanted to look at this from a company with...

Liam McEntegart Aug 11 ‧ 4 minutes
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