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Notting Hill Prep brings alumni, staff & parents together for their charitable foundation

Creative festive fundraising ideas & connecting the NHP past network

Notting Hill Prep (NHP) is a top preparatory school located in London, UK, with a long history of philanthropy. They established the NHP Foundation, a registered charity, in 2009, in order to strengthen the relationship between Notting Hill Prep and their diverse community by supporting primary school aged children living locally. The foundation is predominantly supported by the current parents, as well as past parents and alumni of the school. The two main areas of focus are to provide bursaries so that more children can access the opportunities provided by an NHP education , and to support community based projects and the sharing of resources with a focus on primary aged children. 

They launched their school alumni, parent and fundraising platform, powered by ToucanTech, in 2019 to bring together their network of alumni (NHPast), parents and staff, and to inform them about the progress of the foundation and offer opportunities to give back or get involved, through volunteering or hosting events. 

“Since we launched our Notting Hill Prep Foundation site we have seen an increase in engagement from our supporters, helping us to fundraise for our bursary programme and our initiatives working with the local community. Following the amazing support I have received from the ToucanTech team, I can now trust the up to date data we hold. This has allowed us to reach and exceed our fundraising expectations through a clearer platform on which to make donations,  promote and run events and to share regular professional looking news updates from the Foundation to promote our work and report back regularly to our community.”

Kirsty Murdoch, Head of School Development, Notting Hill Prep

During the first phase of COVID in 2020, many Notting Hill Prep alumni and parents helped to continue their fundraising efforts, such as their quiz during lockdown,, which raised over £13,500 for a local primary school Avondale Park Primary. They also took the opportunity to host their annual raffle online, using the platform to sell books of tickets and display the prizes on offer. They sold over 500 tickets for this event through their online school shop, raising money for both their bursary fund and a local primary school. They also ran a series of Christmas competitions, from the best festive outfit for your pet to a creative writing competition, with the entry fee also going to the foundation. 

At the end of 2021, they supported the Kensington & Chelsea Collective by selling Christmas boxes through their online shop, to ensure that vulnerable individuals and families in financial hardship or with reduced social interaction received a delicious Christmas meal, gifts, educational toys and resources and good cheer for the festive season. The Collective supported over 11,000 local residents facing hardship, as well as 250 Afghan families who are in temporary housing. These hamper donations were incredibly popular, with £6,110 donated (over  164 boxes) through the Foundation’s ToucanTech site by families within the NHP community. This is a wonderful achievement by the NHP foundation and is a testament to the culture of philanthropy of the NHP community. 

To find out more about using an all-in-one software to create fundraising pages, host an online community and track your donors through an integrated CRM and donor pipeline, speak to ToucanTech.

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