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 Early 2022.

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 - August 2021

4th August, 2021 | By Edward Drew

Happy August! With summer sunshine (or rain!) beaming down, we spoke with a Trustee who decided to Chair an arts organisation she loves, and a Social Entrepreneur innovating and investing in climate-smart affordable housing – congratulations to all who have been featured!

CAF World Giving Report 2021: A Pandemic Special

2nd August, 2021 | By Edward Drew

How has the pandemic impacted global generosity? In this blog, the Cause4 team respond to the CAF World Giving Report 2021 and what it means for your charity.

Pick of the Month - July 2021

1st July, 2021 | By Edward Drew

This month, we spoke with a Charity Leader advocating for the power that girls have as community leaders, and a Fellow who’s harnessing her knowledge to help drive fundraising at the country’s largest arts centre. Who will inspire you?

Pick of the Month - June 2021

4th June, 2021 | By Edward Drew

And just like that, we’re halfway through this year’s Picks of the Months! This month, we spoke with a Charity Leader who is an influential voice in helping the long-term unemployed, and a Trustee who became a Chair during the pandemic.  

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.  

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