The Bright Ideas Partnership is a consultancy specialising in supporting charities and not-for-profit organisations to fundraise efficiently and cost effectively, maximise their social impact and strengthen their organisational capacity.

We are committed to social justice, and pride ourselves on directly helping our clients to ensure the most disadvantaged people, both here in the UK and abroad, have improved opportunities and life chances.

The Bright Ideas Partnership has bases in London and Buxton.

Since we began in 2006, we have worked with over 80 organisations. We create lasting value; we generate an average of £40.92 for every £1 invested in us, allowing many of our clients to continue essential existing services, or develop new projects, to help more disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Due to the quality of our work, the vast majority of our clients come to us through word of mouth referrals.

We aim to increase our positive impact wherever possible. Every year, we donate 1% of our pre-tax profits to the organisations we work with, and undertake pro bono work with small charities through the Small Charities Coalition.

The Bright Ideas Partnership has two highly experienced charity professionals at its helm, Sarah Boardman and Jo Ryan, who between them have over 30 years’ experience of fundraising, management, impact evaluation and strategic development. Sarah and Jo are supported by a small, experienced team of associates.

Jo Ryan

Jo has extensive experience fundraising for charities and not-for-profits. She previously worked as the Fundraising and Development Manager for Victim Support Southwark.

In this role, she was a sole fundraiser and as such understands the challenges and opportunities facing small charities with limited resources.

Jo is also Vice-Chair of trustees of the charity Women in Prison, and has a Masters in Criminology and Forensic Psychology.

Sarah Boardman

Sarah has a postgraduate degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS) and has an interest in developing grassroots International NGOs to maximise their fundraising, impact and organisational efficiency.

She started her career as a Trust Fundraiser for The Salvation Army over 15 years ago.  She is passionate about supporting her local community and volunteers for numerous organisations including having been a Governor for her children’s school.

Sarah is always so pleasant to work with, she is extremely good at understanding the various foibles of our organisation and getting to grips with the things that really matter. It feels like a friendly exchange rather than a transactional service.

Gary Bishop, Justlife, CEO

We found Jo refreshingly clear and direct in her approach; she was thorough and set exacting standards, but was always friendly and courteous; she was obviously experienced in her field; she gave good guidance about timescales and always met them.

Brian Roberts, Trustee, Elmbridge Community Link

Jo is as knowledgeable as she is patient, always willing to go the extra mile and share her expertise with others.

Bill Mizen, CEO, For Jimmy