Edward Drew

Development Associate

Edward joined Cause4 in September 2020 as a Development Associate, after graduating from the University of Sussex with a BA in International Relations and Development (1st).

Edward’s interest in the charity sector began whilst participating in Charity Fast-Track, where he also served a placement with Child.org's Team Mum Campaign facilitating corporate partnerships. It was also at university where Edward discovered his talent for telephone fundraising, raising income at first for the Sussex Fund, and then Greenpeace and Battersea Dogs & Cats Home during the lockdown. 

Growing up in the Middle East to parents of mixed heritage, Edward is intrepid in spirit. Whilst at university, Edward was grateful to have received a scholarship to study abroad at both the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the Renmin University of China (RUC) in Beijing. 

Having previously worked as a Fundraising Administrator at SignHealth – a Deaf-majority charity - Edward is guided by his particular care for causes related to diversity, accessibility and social change. 

Edward is the co-author of “Crippling (homo)nationalism: disability rights and the allure of the neoliberal nation-state” which is due to be published in the ‘Teaching With Gender’ book series by AtGender and Routledge in Summer 2021.

Edward’s work with Cause4 sees him regularly review funding applications on behalf of the Peter Sowerby Foundation, and he has played a key role in implementing the Increasing Access Fund in response to Covid-19, managing the grant-giving process and liaising with grantees. Alongside this work, Edward has contributed to the development of key strategies, including support for Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and Mansfield District Council, liaising with key stakeholders to assess the potential impact of the organisation’s cultural programme. 


Posts by Edward Drew

Pick of the Month - May 2021

4th May, 2021 | By Edward Drew

May the Fourth be with you! This month, we spoke with a Fellow putting the voice of young people front and centre in her work, and two Charity Leaders empowering LGBTQ+ people in Devon and beyond. 

What daffodils taught me about fundraising

19th April, 2021 | By Edward Drew

Of all the things daffodils could possibly teach someone, you’d think fundraising is pretty unlikely. But on a cold February evening in 2019, four strangers and I at the Charity Fast-Track bootcamp in London were given a £1 coin and challenged to turn it into something much, much more.  

Pick of the Month - March 2021

3rd March, 2021 | By Edward Drew

This month we spoke with a Social Entrepreneur using fresh surplus bread to brew beer and ales, and a Charity Leader who founded the first news website for Filipinos in the UK.

Pick of the Month - February 2021

2nd February, 2021 | By Edward Drew

As we refocus and rebuild from 2020, we spoke to four people who are shaping the sector. From a Charity Leader who is connecting asylum seekers and English language volunteers, to a Trustee leading a student union through Covid-19.  

Pick of the Month - January 2021

6th January, 2021 | By Edward Drew

This month we spoke to four people about how they plan to rebuild back from the experiences of 2020, including a Trustee helping implement an Equality Action Plan for their organisation and a Charity Leader developing an app for children with congenital heart disease (CHD) and their parents to use in hospital. 

Three ways to onboard a Trustee inclusively

15th December, 2020 | By Edward Drew

It’s no secret that despite effort from many charities, Trustee Boards remain chronically unrepresentative of society. At Cause4, we believe that making the Trustee onboarding experience inclusive makes a crucial difference.  

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