Ken Hoffman

Ken Hoffman


+44 (0)7788 271 723

Charities all over the world want to raise funds from US private sources, which collectively give away over US$ 400 billion per year. There are two broad challenges to meet. 

First, there is structure. Nothing is more opaque than another country’s tax code. US charitable laws - because the sector is so large and wealthy - are complex and have few similarities to other countries’ laws. I work with clients to articulate what they need and plan to accomplish in the US, then to equip them with the appropriate structures and systems to accomplish their goals on a cost-effective basis.

The second challenge is greater and more subtle: to help non-US charities to understand the American ‘culture of philanthropy’. This requires, by turns, adapting to US expectations, but at the same time, preserving the ‘exotic’ qualities that will encourage American donors to give outside their own country.

Some I've worked with recently

  • Almeida Theatre
  • American Associates of the National Theatre
  • Bletchley Park Trust
  • British Academy
  • Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Friends of École Normale Supérieure
  • National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA
  • Quebec-Labrador Foundation
  • Royal College of Art
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Toulouse School of Economics
  • University College London
  • Welthungerhilfe
  • Westminster Abbey Foundation
  • Winchester Cathedral

Years of fundraising experience: 38


  • Helping clients raise funds from US sources on a cost-effective basis
  • Assuring clients have the right legal and administrative structures, proportionate to their needs
  • Teaching clients the essential elements of the US ‘culture of philanthropy’

Before More

  • Consultant in fundraising and legal practice, as well as charitable law
  • Fundraiser and attorney for the National Trust for Historic Preservation (US)
  • Fundraiser and attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation (environmental pressure group)
  • University of Maine School of Law, JD
  • Harvard University, AB

Outside More

  • Amateur singer and recorder player, baroque and renaissance sacred music
  • Eager reader on many historical subjects, lately interested in European settlement of the New World