Museum of Leathercraft
The Museum of Leathercraft is a registered charity which was set up in 1951, following an initiative by the British Saddlery and Leathergoods Manufacturers Association in 1946 to secure the heritage of Leather.
The Museum is currently housed in the Grosvenor Centre in Northampton, and comprises the largest and finest collection of leather artefacts anywhere in the world. The Museum not only contains important items from all over the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, including items used by past monarchs and celebrated figures from history; but it also owns a wide-ranging treasure trove of international exhibits including fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls; a rare 9th Century copy of the Quran; and ancient Egyptian underwear. In total, the Museum holds over 10,000 objects, 3,500 books and over 20,000 pages of archive notes, covering many centuries of leather manufacture and use throughout the world.
Minerva Fundraising has been retained for 2 years to increase the Museum’s annual income and to raise funds for specific project connected with the conservation, restoration and archiving of the Museum’s collection.
East Northamptonshire Faith Group
East Northants Faith Group (ENFG) is a registered charity which supports homeless people and those suffering from addiction through the provision of temporary residential accommodation, rehabilitation programmes, and assistance in finding permanent accommodation and jobs.
New opportunities to expand the charity’s vital work with disadvantaged people have led to a need for increased fundraising for a variety of projects.
Minerva Fundraising has been retained on a 12 month contract to help ENFG achieve its aims in its vital work for the community.
Big Brum Theatre in Education Company (BBTIE)
Big Brum is a registered charity, which was founded in 1982. It delivers Theatre-in-Education programmes and community projects underpinned by a central artistic policy. Each year Big Brum work with over 80 schools and 5000 children and young people, including pupil referral units and other educational spaces throughout the West Midlands.
The company was awarded an Action for Children’s Arts Members Award in 2010 for its outstanding contribution to the aim of enriching children’s lives through the arts. Big Brum is recognised internationally as a leading centre for excellence in arts education.
Minerva ran a successful fundraising campaign for Big Brum in 2007-09. This year Minerva has been retained by Big Brum to provide ongoing fundraising advice and consultancy.
Nene Valley Care Trust
Nene Valley Care Trust (NVCT) helps young people leaving the care system. It was set up in 2008 by three people whose experience as county councillors and magistrates showed them that the needs of these young people were not being fully met.
NVCT’s aim is to help these youngsters – many of whom suffer from mental health problems – into work. This is achieved by guiding them through the education they have missed, arranging the training they need and helping them access work experience, apprenticeships and jobs.
Minerva has been retained to raise funds from new sources for existing and future planned projects.
SERVE – Northamptonshire
Jimmy James of Minerva Fundraising has a long association with SERVE and its work for older people and adults with disabilities in Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire. Our requirements are very varied – ranging from specific projects and equipment needs to increasing our year-on-year fundraising. In all these areas our partnership with Minerva has been most successful.
Minerva continues to meet our needs and has successfully raised funds for projects as diverse as capital building improvements, projects for our elderly and disabled beneficiaries; and key equipment items we need to deliver our services.
We will continue to work with Minerva Fundraising with future projects.
Jess Slater, Chief Executive