New Editions of the ‘Fundraiser’s Bible’ Paves the Path to Vital Funding

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New books containing detailed information on 1,500 grant making trusts have just been published.

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If there is anything akin to a fundraiser's Bible this is it.

The major trusts volumes 1 and 2 are the Directory of Social Change’s (DSC) flagship funding directories that have been used by tens of thousands of charities.

They are reviewed and updated regularly and are now in their 14th and 12th Editions respectively. Covering 1,500 trusts, the Major Trusts volumes 1 and 2 provide more details about trusts than any other guides in the sector whilst also being a source of independent critical analysis, making them a definitive source of information in this area.

This year, for the first time, fundraisers are able to see the percentage of awards given to new applicants which enables them to assess the probability and attractiveness of a potential funding trust. This builds on last year’s addition of the section ‘applicant mistakes’ which allowed applicants to find out in the trust’s own words what applicants do wrong when applying for funding.

In addition to this, the guides provide a clear description of the trust’s grant making policies and practices, a yearly grant total as well as the areas or subjects the trusts will not consider.

There has been much anticipation for these new editions with the aid of a supporting forward written by a high profiled fundraiser from the sector, Macmillan Cancer Support’s Director of Fundraising – Lynda Thomas – who considers these two guides as somewhat of ‘a fundraiser’s Bible’ for her own organisation.

Over 1,500 trusts listed have been listed this year, with 52 new trusts added – making the total annual awards within these guides approximately £2.9 billion. Major trusts 1 features the top 400 trusts that give between the ranges of £300,000 to £551.1 million, and Major Trusts 2 outlines 1,100 trusts with potential to give funding of at least £30,000 a year.

“We have strived to push the boundaries and build on the previous successful editions – which although is a difficult task in itself – we were able to refine and construct a new and more powerful edition that we believe will become an indispensable tool for organisations to use for their fundraising journey this year.” – Tom Traynor, DSC Research Manager

For more information, please contact Mustafa Al-Obaidi, Directory of Social Change by email (mal-obaidi(at)dsc(dot)org(dot)uk) or phone (020 7391 4863).


Notes to editors:

  •     Founded in 1974, the Directory of Social Change (DSC) is a national charity which supports an independent voluntary sector through campaigning, training and publications. DSC is the largest supplier of information and training to the voluntary sector, and its work helps tens of thousands of organisations every year achieve their aims. Learn more at
  •     The information listed on each funder in the Guide to the Major Trusts Volumes 1 & 2 includes: guidelines for applicants; funding preferences; application procedures; analysis of recent grant-making trusts using their annual reports and accounts; detailed financial information; recent beneficiaries and grant; details of what they will not fund; full contact information; comprehensive list of trustees and percentage of awards made to new applicants.
  •     Volume 1 and 2 are available to order separately at £75 each or together at £125 from

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