Adrian Beney

Adrian Beney


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Looking back I am particularly proud of having organised an envelope drop under every student bedroom door in Durham in 1984 at the height of the Ethiopian famine. Little did I know this was the beginning of a 30-year fundraising career.

One highlight of that career is the Institute of Fundraising Insight Award we won in 2015 for the Regular Giving Benchmarking project. It’s a tribute to the vision of the people in UK universities who thought we could fundraise better if only we had the evidence. It’s a great example of collaboration, and it’s a great example of “making the data sing.” And we are raising more money for education – the solution to so many of the world’s problems.

Some I've worked with recently

  • Australian Universities Regular Giving Benchmarking and Insight
  • Emmanuel College, Cambridge
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Imperial College London
  • Newcastle University
  • Oxbridge Collegiate Regular Giving Benchmarking
  • Practical Action
  • The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • Universities Regular Giving Benchmarking
  • University of Bath
  • University of Leeds
  • The University of Manchester
  • The University of Melbourne

Years of fundraising experience: 12 with More, 32 in total


  • Data, databases and getting hard evidence out of them
  • Benchmarking regular giving
  • Cases for support
  • Audits
  • Feasibility studies
  • Gift Aid
  • Training and coaching
  • Prospect research and management, including wealth screening
  • Automation of boring, repetitive processes
  • Public policy for philanthropy
  • Universities old and new, museums and libraries, environmental, scientific and religious causes

Before More

  • Degree in physics, interspersed with being a fishmonger and Students’ Union Treasurer
  •  “Headhunted” into my first fundraising job by an extraordinarily visionary College Principal
  • 16 years establishing and growing the University of Durham’s Development and Alumni Relations Office
  • Fundraising for everything from astrophysics to one of the UK’s first World Heritage Sites

Outside More

  • Learning how to be a vicar’s husband;
  • Making some time for family, sailing, photography, flying… and gardening;
  • Until recently a Lay Member of Chapter (non-executive director) at Durham Cathedral, playing an active role in the governance of an institution which combines faith, education, music, art, tourism and heritage;
  • First non-North American CASE Crystal Apple holder for teaching excellence, and recipent of CASE Europe 2015 Distingushed Service Award;
  • Honorary Lay Canon of Tamale Anglican Cathedral, Northern Region, Ghana as a result of a long standing connection between the Anglican Diocese of Tamale and a grant making trust I chair.