Conferences & Training
Speakers - North American Fundraising & Alumni Relations Study Tour 2019

Tour Facilitator

Doug Thomson

Doug Thomson
Director
Thomson Philanthropy

Doug Thomson advises major donors and those seeking to work in partnership with them. Doug works with external teams and individuals to provide a range of services for donors and grantees, usually over an extended period of time.

Before founding Thomson Philanthropy, Doug Thomson was development director at the Sutton Trust; one of the UK's most influential educational grant-makers. Prior to joining the Sutton Trust in 2005, Doug held senior development positions at the University of Oxford and at the Royal National Institute for the Blind, where he established and successfully implemented new major gift programmes. He has extensive experience of working with donors from the USA and in managing relationships between international donors and grantees.

Current and recent clients include the Aldridge Foundation, the Baker Dearing Education Trust, the British Academy, CASE Europe, the College of Law, Into University, the University of Reading, the Sutton Trust, the Education Endowment Foundation, Dartington Hall Trust and Voluntary Service Overseas. Doug Thomson also works with a number of private individuals and their families, helping to inform their philanthropy. He has served as a trustee of Into University and as a member of the European Venture Philanthropy Association.

Doug read History at the University of Nottingham, where he represents the Sutton Trust on the College of Benefactors. In November 2013 he was appointed as director of campaign and alumni relations at Nottingham, a role that he fulfils alongside several other client commitments, including CASE Europe.