Mathew Iredale has worked in fundraising since 1995 and in prospect research since 2000.

He was on the committee of Researchers in Fundraising from 2006 until 2012 and served as chairman in 2008 and 2009.

He has twice spoken at the Institute of Fundraising's National Convention: in 2006 (Not all major donors are on the Sunday Times Rich List) and 2009 (The 7 Myths of Prospect Research) and also at several regional meetings.

In August 2006 he launched his groundbreaking website, The Prospect Research Toolkit; the first website in the UK created specifically to provide advice and support for the prospect research community.

From December 2006 to July 2008 he was the expert speaker on research for the Directory of Social Change's regular course on major gift fundraising, "How to win major gifts".

In June 2008, Professional Fundraising magazine published his article "Inside the Monkeysphere", in which he described how major donor, trust and corporate fundraising strategy can learn from recent anthropological research into the behaviour of humans and apes.

In October 2008 he was invited by Chris Carnie (founder of prospect research consultancy The Factary) to co-present the CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Prospect Research Seminar for delegates from 44 different universities and schools.

In July 2009 he attended the APRA Annual International Conference on prospect research in Boston, USA.

In 2011 he co-wrote a chapter on researching companies for the 4th edition of Corporate Fundraising (published by the Directory of Social Change in 2012).

In 2012 he set up his own prospect research consultancy, also called The Prospect Research Toolkit, to provide freelance, consultancy and training services to charitable organisations.

In 2015 he became the Senior Prospect Researcher at Shelter UK and published Prospecting for Benefactors: how to find major donors to support your school.

In 2016 he published Prospecting for Philanthropists: how to find major donors to support your charity.


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