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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 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 assisted by the Parents Association, and also receives support from alumni of the school. The two main areas of focus are to provide bursaries so that more children can access an excellent education, and to support community based projects with a focus on primary aged children. 

They launched their school alumni, parent and fundraising platform, powered by ToucanTech, in 2019 to bring together the Notting Hill Prep (NHP) past network of alumni, 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. 

“Being new in my role and to the Toucan Tech database, it has been great working with the ToucanTech data team to update our system and backdate a lot of fundraising and records information that hadn’t previously been recorded on our database. Luke has made it incredibly easy the whole way through, taking the time to discuss timelines, what I want to achieve out of importing the data and how best we can go about it, all whilst being really clear about how the process works. We still have more to do but it doesn’t seem so overwhelming thanks to him and his team and we have signed up for regular data migration throughout the year to be managed by ToucanTech.”

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 hosted by current parent & TV personality Kirsty Allsopp, which raised over £13,500 for a local charity. 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. 

This year, they are supporting the Kensington & Chelsea Collective by selling Christmas boxes through their online shop, to ensure that vulnerable single residents and families in financial hardship or with reduced social interaction receive a delicious Christmas meal, gifts and good cheer for the festive season. These hamper donations have been popular already, with almost 150 boxes purchased by families in the NHP community, and the Kensington & Chelsea Collective will be delivering to 1,800 local residents facing hardship, as well as 250 Afghan families who are in temporary housing. 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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