Matt is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Giving Insight, and is one of the UK's leading fundraising research experts.

Prior to establishing the company, Matt was Research Manager at THINK Consulting Solutions; a position he took up after runnning his own research company Hands On Research. He's also worked in-house for numerous charities over a 10-year period, prior to becoming a consultant, and so understands the needs and pressures associated with delivering fundraising objectives.

Matt has a degree (BA Hons) in Economics and a Masters (MRes.) in Environment & Development.

Matt has recognized expertise in global prospect research, covering HNWIs, foundations and corporates; developed over a 15 year career in fundraising research. He has worked with a diverse array of charities and universities, most recently including Plan UK, Edinburgh University, Canal and River Trust, Royal Armouries, and Shelter. His specialist knowledge of global fundraising research covers the UK, Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Latin America and has also led him to work with a wide range of international development organisations, including ActionAid, The Elders, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, IUCN, Terre des Hommes, Christian Aid, UNICEF and WWF amongst many others.

Matt is also the co-author of a chapter on Russian philanthropy for the award-winning book ‘Global Fundraising: How the World is Changing the Rules of Philanthropy’, published by Wiley in 2013.

He is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and sat on the committee of the IoF's Researchers in Fundraising (RiF) Special Interest Group for 6 years. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) in America.

When Matt isn't working, he can usually be found keeping his daughter Maya entertained or running charity 10k events.

Contact Matt:

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)7941 432073

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Mair is Co-Founder and Associate Director of Giving Insight and is a specialist major gifts fundraising and research expert. Prior to establishing the company, Mair was Research and Information Manager at the international development charity ActionAid, where she led a team responsible for prospect research, prospect management, proposal writing and reporting to donors.

Previously, Mair was Senior Research Consultant at fundraising research consultancy Factary, where she worked with a wide range of charities, arts and heritage organisations, universities and schools, helping them identify, approach and retain high value donors.

Mair specialises in using research to inform fundraising strategy and to help organisations engage with high net worth individuals, companies, trusts & foundations. She is passionate about helping non-profit organisations to work better and win funding through knowledge sharing and improved knowledge management. She works with charities to help them understand philanthropic trends and develop strong relationships with their donors.

In addition to her work with Giving Insight, Mair puts her love of research, writing and interviewing to other uses, making radio documentaries and podcasts for the BBC and arts organisations.

When Mair isn't at her desk, she can often be found paddling across Poole Harbour in her Canadian canoe or walking the Dorset coast path.

Contact Mair:

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)7900 496570

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"Matt is an extremely experienced and competent fundraising researcher. He takes a fully integrated approach to the preparation of excellent quality research that is organisation focussed and he understands the background of the organisation and is able to respond to specific needs and requirements. The result is quality intelligence that is relevant, timely and produced cost effectively. I would not hesitate to recommend Matt."

Kate Green, Director of Fundraising and Business Development, National Star Foundation

Our clients include:
Canal and River Trust
Selfhelp Africa