Caroline Underwood is an expert in fundraising and philanthropy and has particular experience in academic, international development, arts and culture sectors and in working with individual philanthropists. Her career has focused on maximising private sector fundraising and organisational change to drive income growth. She is an experienced Trustee with, amongst other roles, having been a member of the Trustee Board of Modern Art Oxford for six years during a period of significant change and is currently a Governor of the Dragon School, Oxford. Caroline is CEO of the Philanthropy Company; a small agency working with not for profits and philanthropists. Her clients include government bodies such as City Hall, London; high profile Foundations such as The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust; charities such as Barnardo's, ICRC and Sightsavers; universities such as Bath Spa University and the Social Sciences Division at the University of Oxford. She is currently acting as interim CEO for a new charity on the Olympic Park chaired by Sir William Castell and founded by Mayor, Boris Johnson alongside running the Philanthropy Company. From 2008 to 2011 Caroline was a Board level executive director and Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships at Save the Children. Save the Children is one of Britain's largest charities, it works in the UK and internationally to support some of the world's most marginalised children. Caroline joined the charity in early 2008 to be part of the leadership team for Save the Children during a period of great change. Her central task was to form a new team and to lead a new drive to raise profile and increase income from the private sector. Whilst at Save the Children Caroline tripled income achieved each year from private funders; doubled income from trusts and from corporations and took a lead role in income generation for the global organisation leading an effort to increase income from $1.8b to $2.4billion. Caroline is an experienced trainer and facilitator and her client work includes board training, interim leadership and specialist training for fundraising staff. Her clients have included Kings College London, the University of the Arts, the University of London with the Institute of Historical Research, the British Film Institute, project management for the British Council and Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Royal Festival Hall at Southbank as well as many smaller organisations such as Stoll, the Veterans Charity; Caius House (youth centre in Battersea) and Skyway (keeping young people out of gangs through activity and education) in East London.
Before establishing the Philanthropy Company, Caroline's in-house roles included senior roles as Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships at Save the Children; Development Director, University of the Arts; Development Director of the Royal Court Theatre; Head of Marketing and Development for Arts & Business and Director of Development and Marketing for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Caroline is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of CASE (Council for Advancement of Support of Education), a founder of the CASE Spring Institute and a regular speaker and trainer at professional fundraising conferences. She has a joint honours degree from the University of Bristol.