Refugee Action

Set against the backdrop of the most challenging and unrelenting year facing the UK refugee sector, the fundraising team at Refugee Action smashed every target.

They achieved their goal of building their public fundraising to over a third of total income three years early. They increased their supporter base three-fold, developed innovative support engagement opportunities, and delivered a successful emergency appeal. The team were also successful in securing funding where over £1m is to be regranted to grassroots organisations. But targets and numbers are just part of the story. At the heart of their success is the journey to shift power to people with lived experience – developing sustainable and innovative opportunities for co-creation right across the programme. They also put the cause before the organisation - knowing when not to fundraise, like when Russia invaded Ukraine, instead signposted donors to charities on the frontline of the response. Alongside this they find space to build resilience, celebrate success, improve wellbeing, as well as explore what it means to be an anti-racist fundraising team. The team is driven by a tireless commitment to the cause and a passion to build a positive movement that celebrates our shared humanity and stands up for refugees.