WHAT WE DO

Achates is a creative consultancy with a holistic approach.


Having established an outstanding reputation for innovative and tailored approaches to fundraising, we've also developed a growing following for our strategic project development – offering a complete organisational approach from visioning through to implementation.


Established by Caroline McCormick, who's been a senior arts manager and fundraiser for more than 25 years, Achates brings together a team of expert Associates to offer an ethical, tailored approach to organisations of all sizes – helping you achieve a long-term, sustainable position and maximise the impact of your work.


Our ethos is based on quality of service and that's how we came by our name. In Virgil's Aeneid, Achates was the close friend and loyal advisor of Trojan leader, Aeneas. We thought this described the exact relationship we offer our clients.


AUDIENCE IDENTIFICATION AND DEVELOPMENT

  Identification and translation of key audience segments

  Community consultation to identify the priorities and interests of groups and barriers to engagement

  Definition of offer, projects and programmes


COACHING AND MENTORING

  Tailored and bespoke personal guidance

  Dedicated regular sessions and feedback

  Group training sessions


CREATIVE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

  Review of artistic, education and engagement programmes supporting public benefit and income generation

  Development of outreach and engagement strategies

  Education and engagement project development


FUNDRAISING FEASIBILITY STUDIES

  Review of the organisation from a fundraising perspective

  Comprehensive assessment of what target it is possible to fundraise and resources required to do so

  Optional combined capital and revenue fundraising approach


FUNDRAISING STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

  Maximisation and diversification of voluntary income

  Assessment of assets and refinement of Case for Support


GOVERNANCE DEVELOPMENT

  Charity creation

  Board recruitment and development

  Developing a culture of fundraising

  Best practice Board


IMPACT EVALUATION AND RESEARCH

  Review of the design, implementation, or outcomes of a defined programme or project

  Design of evaluation services, tools and facilitation of qualitative and quantitative


PROSPECT RESEARCH

  Strategic and tailored research

  Identification of feasible statutory, trust, foundation, individual and corporate leads

  Due diligence


RESILIENCE REVIEW AND INCOME OPTIMISATION

  A brief audit creating a snapshot of opportunities and barriers

  Models to optimise income generation


STATUTORY, TRUST AND FOUNDATION BID WRITING

  Identification and development

  Bid writing

  Mentoring bid writing


STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS PLANNING

  Delivery of holistic solutions evidenced by research and evaluation

  Scoping and refinement of models, recommendations on resourcing and budgets

  Development of risk register, monitoring and evaluation