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.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)7941 432073
"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
"I have worked with Matt for about 5 years and would recommend him wholeheartedly. I rely on the high quality of his prospect research to provide my customers with intelligent, thoughtful information on existing and potential donors meeting exacting and wide-ranging briefs. I find his approach systematic and insightful, with careful analysis and evidence-based opinions collated in easy to read docs. He always meets often tight deadlines and gives accurate estimates regarding time and cost."
Kate Hogg, Principal at Beneficial Fundraising
"Mair is fantastic to work with - she is personable, dedicated and always delivers. She is an incredible researcher with in-depth knowledge of the not-for-profit sector in general and fundraising specifically."
Sarah Robinson, Senior Major Gifts Manager, ActionAid