Adrian Beney

Adrian Beney


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The thing that excites me about working with our clients is that it makes a difference to the world we live in. Whether my work is digging deep into masses of data, talking with donors about what motivates them to be generous or navigating regulatory affairs, all of it can unlock philanthropic capital to invest in better education, better health, a more just world, addressing climate change or appreciating human creativity. It’s all about making it easy and joyful for givers to be generous to causes they care about. And it’s about helping to ensure that the organisations which receive their gifts are fit stewards of their philanthropy.

Some I've worked with recently


  • Getting hard evidence out of data and building strategy based on that evidence
  • Benchmarking and comparative studies
  • Building capacity in regular (individual) giving
  • Telling compelling stories to potential donors
  • Building capacity in small organisations
  • Prospect research and management, including wealth screening
  • Public policy for philanthropy, including regulatory affairs, tax relief, data protection etc.
  • Being a fount of knowledge on all sorts of things, mainstream and obscure

Before More

  • 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
  • “Headhunted” into my first fundraising job by an extraordinarily visionary College Principal
  • BSc, Physics, St John’s College Durham, interspersed with being a fishmonger and Students’ Union Treasurer

Outside More

  • Long-time volunteer for CASE (the Council for Advancement and Support of Education), former member of its Philanthropy Commission, recipient of CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award 2015 and the first non-North American CASE Crystal Apple holder
  • Honorary Lay Canon of Tamale Anglican Cathedral, Northern Region, Ghana as a result of a connection between the Anglican Diocese of Tamale and a grant making trust I chair
  • Trustee of the Parish Giving Scheme, a Church of England charity which facilitates regular giving to more than 2,500 churches from 43,000 donors, handling more than £40m of giving each year
  • 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
  • Making some time for family, sailing, photography, flying and gardening