Mark Astarita

The pearly kings and queens and their fantastic fundraising

A new pearly queen has just been crowned.

by Mark Astarita

In May there was the biggest coronation of pearly kings and queens in over a hundred years. If you’re wondering what on earth the pearlies are, then click here to find out all about them.

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Working with suppliers: building partnerships based on value for money

Mark Astarita

by Mark Astarita

Click here to find out why Britain’s No 1 fundraiser thinks the relationship between client and supplier is so important. And why a few training sessions on how to be a good client (and supplier) would be a welcome addition to any fundraising conference.

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About the author

Mark Astarita is widely known in both the UK and internationally, often utilising his experience through his involvement in a variety of charities and public bodies. Over 14 years as Director of Fundraising he trebled the income of the British Red Cross and over his career has led teams raising over £1.5bn for humanitarian causes. Before he joined the Red Cross, Mark held posts as the deputy chief executive and director of fundraising at the National Deaf Children’s Society, including a period of time as acting chief executive. 

A former Chair of the Institute of Fundraising and regularly voted the most influential fundraiser in the UK, Mark is a truly inspiring non profit leader. Mark has held trusteeships at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney and at Voluntary Service Overseas. In 2015 Mark was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his services to fundraising.