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Senior Philanthropy Officer


University of Essex


James Martin is the creator of Click, the in-house crowdfunding platform at the University of Essex. A fundraiser of over ten years experience, initially in politics before moving into University fundraising in 2012.

Since launching Click in November 2015, The University of Essex has revolutionised the way it supports student experience projects, to date helping 170 student projects raise a combined £210,000.

The concept of Click is to provide a free secure space for Essex students, staff and alumni to host crowdfunding campaigns, and to learn important graduate skills along the way. Click also links student projects to matchfunding from alumni and friends of the University, creating a strong philanthropic partnership.

Click won the 2017 CASE Award for Challenge Grant & Matching Gift Program, the 2017 Heist Award for Best Alumni, Development or Fundraising Initiative, and was nominated for the Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Students.

Outside of Click, James leads on the University's Regular Giving, Planned Giving, Staff Giving and Special Gifts programmes.