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Lara Rufus is the Director and Proprietor of Crowne Consultancy. She is currently working at the National Lottery Community Fund where she has been the Funding Manager covering North and East London for the last 4 years, managing grants of upto £20m. She has over 15 years of extensive experience in fundraising. Her experience includes working for mainstream charities such as ; Age UK, the Children's Society, Central YMCA, and Livability to locally embedded grass root charities like the Bromley by Bow Centre, where she was the Statutory Development Manager, raising over £2.5m over 2 years. She also has worked for Greenwich Council helping capacity build small groups in Greenwich and enabling them to become competent in the art of fundraising.
She has a wealth of experience working as a Fundraising Consultant, mainly for church based initiatives. She has pioneered many fundraising seminars. She is one of the founding members and visionary of the Institute of Fundraising’s Black Fundraisers' Network, since inception in 2006, Lara saw the network grow to well over 700 members. Lara has done various courses in fundraising and has completed an MSc in Charity Fundraising and Marketing at South Bank University. She developed the Trust and Statutory Fundraising strategy for Premier Christian Media Trust. She also writes a monthly column for Charities entitled ' Charity Affairs' for Keep The Faith magazine.