Our Approach

Prospera Research has many years of experience of international prospect research.

We like to take a holistic approach with our clients. Each project undertaken by Prospera Research has the express goal of helping you boost your fundraising and succeed.  And each project starts with a blank sheet of paper and a readiness to apply innovation and lateral thinking to the task in hand. 


Strict client confidentiality is maintained at all times with a guarantee of adherence to APRA’s Statement of Ethics: http://www.aprahome.org/p/cm/ld/fid=110.  We are GDPR compliant and we abide by the Data Protection Act 2018 and guidelines as laid out by the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) and the Fundraising Regulator.

Liz Dixon
Dr Matthew Cooper 
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Liz is an independent researcher and the director of Prospera Research which she established in July 2012. Over the past five years, Liz has worked with a wide spectrum of not-for-profit clients spanning sectors which include: higher education; arts and heritage; environment and conservation; international development; and health and social welfare charities.


Prior to her life as a freelance researcher, Liz had been at Christie’s in the Impressionist and Modern Art and Modern British Art departments as Client Development Director.  She previously served as Acting Chief Executive of the Kew Foundation, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew where she had been Head of Knowledge Management. Between 2005 and 2007 Liz was in charge of the UK consultancy for Factary, a fundraising research firm where she provided training, consultancy and prospect research services to a diverse cross section of not-for-profits. Prior to Factary, Liz was Head of Research for the V&A's Development Department.  Liz’s first fundraising role was as Development Researcher at the Royal Society of Arts. 


Throughout her fundraising career, Liz has provided prospect research leadership which has informed and guided major capital campaigns which have included the £31 million British Galleries campaign and £75 million FuturePlan campaign at the V&A and the £100 million Breathing Planet campaign at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.


Liz has spent more than 21 years as a fundraising professional which has generated a deep knowledge of international philanthropy.


Matthew has been working as a freelance fundraising researcher since 2012 and has many years of academic research experience.  Matthew brings a highly analytical and objective approach to each project that he undertakes. 


Matthew has particular skills working with quantitative data, statistics and graphical representation.  This includes the analysis and manipulation of large financial and demographic data sets.  This is underpinned by a deep interest and knowledge of current affairs and global economic and socio-political trends.


Matthew was awarded a PhD from the University of London on equality in Britain in the 1960s.  He is also a qualified teacher and has worked in further and higher education since 1990.

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