Karen Edgington

Karen specialises in corporate, community, events and capital appeals and has considerable experience in the NHS, health and hospice sectors.

Karen’s fundraising career began in 2000 and she has developed considerable expertise across a broad spectrum of fundraising practice and strategy. Karen has held a number of senior management positions and is proud to have been responsible for raising over £12m in her career to date.  Karen believes in finding the boundary and taking a little (or big!) jump over it.  She is creative and bold in her approach and has a real drive to achieve results.

Her career began in Community Fundraising at Cancer Research UK. From there she joined North Bristol NHS Trust as their Fundraising Manager, setting up their fundraising department and managing a capital appeal to refurbish a neonatal unit. She then became their UK Head of Fundraising, expanding the team and developing the next strategy for the charity. She moved on to join Children’s Hospice South West as the Head of Major Donors, Corporate and Trusts before becoming the Head of Fundraising for Charlton Farm, managing a large team of fundraisers and raising close to £2m pa.

Karen has also been a Judge for the National Fundraising Awards, a committee member for the Institute of Fundraising South West and is looking forward to becoming a Trustee of a regional charity soon.

She lives near Bristol with her husband and two young children. She loves road and trail running to find her breathing space and is training to run her first marathon.

Karen’s achievements include:

  • Professional Fundraiser of the Year at the IOF National Awards 2006
  • The driving force behind the very first Colour Run in the UK
  • Setting up the first fundraising department in an NHS Trust
  • Exceeding a £1.5m capital appeal by £100k within two years
  • Raising almost £200k from a half marathon partnership, double any previous charity
  • Securing Kate Winslet to officially open a new neonatal unit
  • Growing corporate income from £150k to £900k within five years
  • Growing events income from £200k to £700k within four years
  • Acquiring 3,000+ active donors to a new fundraising department within two years