“Many thanks again for running last week’s session. Both sessions have really helped get the team up and running with their calls. Those involved in them definitely find them rewarding and insightful. Hopefully it will give us a good platform to do more major donor work.”

Sophie Aldred
Chief Advancement Officer
May 2020

“Ruth has been an invaluable source of inspiration, teaching and knowledge as I embarked on my first major donor fundraising career at World Vision a few months ago. Within that time Ruth skilfully (and patiently) taught me the A – Z of major donor fundraising and shared her wealth of knowledge and personal experiences that brought to life my learning. Ruth has an outstanding ability to bring out the best in everyone she mentors, she will challenge you to achieve things you thought were impossible. Positive, professional, passionate and patient are a few words that come to mind when I reminisce on my training with Ruth. I always looked forward to my training sessions, I left feeling motivated and ready to ‘take on the world’. And now I look forward to a successful fundraising journey with a firm foundation in place that will benefit children around the world. Thank you Ruth”

 Saramine Mukute, Senior Key Relationships Executive,
World Vision Major Donor Team


“Thank you so much for all your valuable input over the past years. Wow! -It has been really priceless and has been a privilege knowing you. You have relentlessly sharpened my fundraising skills as you passed on your great wealth of fundraising experience. I have learned so much from you, for which I will always be grateful. The fruit of your labours will be on-going support flowing towards children in need.”

 Jonathan Moulding, Senior Key Relationships Executive,
World Vision Specialist Giving Team (Major Donors)


Thank you Ruth, your encouragement means so much to me. As I am becoming a successful major gift fundraiser, the credit goes to you. Through your close supervision and support, I have been able to learn, grow and fulfill what I have thought for years is what I have been called to do. Thank you for being the best mentor anyone could ask for. I have so much respect and admiration for you. 🙂

 Reka Gencsi, Key Relationship Executive,
World Vision Specialist Giving Team (Major Donors)


Ruth Irwin has been a real inspiration and support to me as my career as a major gift fundraiser has progressed. I met her in 2006 and she taught me some of the key skills about major gift fundraising, as well as passing on some of her vision to me. Ruth’s input into my donor planning and communication in the early days was crucial. She really helped me to focus on the things that made a difference as a fundraiser and highlighted the dangers of getting caught up in organisational administration activities.

Seven years later and I am now very blessed to have the role of Head of Specialist Giving at World Vision and Ruth is still key to my team! I use Ruth as a consultant to coach the team on a monthly basis and to guide my thinking in terms of broader strategy and vision.

I would highly recommend Ruth to work with you whether you are starting out on your major gift strategy on your own or whether you have a more advanced team of fundraisers. Ruth’s experience and insight will give you a different perspective and one that is guaranteed to lead to success.

 Mary Smith, Head of Specialist Giving, World Vision


We did not have a Major Donor Programme at United Christian Broadcasters.  Ruth helped UCB set up the programme, prepare job descriptions, train staff and instigate all the processes needed.  It was done skilfully with energy and enthusiasm.  We have appreciated Ruth’s guidance, support, energy and enthusiasm with our Major Donor Programme.  It is now continuing to grow……

Sheron Ferguson, Director of Development, UCB


“Life is not measured by the breaths you take………… but by its breathtaking moments”

 “Ruth, it has been truly breathtaking at times working with you.   I feel so blessed to have known you and worked with you on United Christian Broadcasters’ Strategic Partner (Major Donor) Programme.  Thank you so much for all your encouragement, help and guidance.  It has been the most amazing time.    

 Barbara Haughton, Strategic Partner Programme Coordinator, UCB