Set up and Run a Successful Development Office Welcome to  This site provides advice and resources for setting up and running a successful development office.  The main focus is on development offices in the UK education sector (i.e. schools, colleges and universities), but much of the information is relevant to other institutions, such as museums, companies and community groups looking to increase their income through fundraising. (Please note this is just the first launch of the site - further information and pages will be added soon.) What is a Development Office? A development office is a department within a school, university or other organisation which builds relationships with potential supporters (e.g. alumni, parents and students) with the aim of raising money. Why set up a Development Office? The question is: why not set one up?  Hundreds of UK schools and universities are raising £1000s to £millions every year.  Think of the advantages like this: Financial Benefits: Raise money for building projects, new equipment, trips, bursaries and scholarships, in fact whatever your institution needs. Non-Financial Benefits: Build a community that can offer you and your organisation not just money, but expertise, from careers advice to professional services in a whole range of different areas. How do I set up a Development Office? If you are considering setting up a development office, you have come to the right place.  Check out our ‘Getting Started’ guide.  Already working in fundraising and alumni relations?  Explore this site for details and resources on numerous aspects of development work. FIND DEVELOPMENT JOBS!   Whether you’re looking to start a career in development or are already an experienced practitioner, you can find vacancies today! FURTHER RESOURCES ON FUNDRAISING AND ALUMNI RELATIONS   We’ve listed some of the best books and resources available to help you become an outstanding development professional. See recommended Development reading Set up and Run a Successful Development Office © Orier Digital Limited 2012