Fundraising Officer - 17 hours
We are seeking an experienced fundraiser committed to the organisation ethos to reduce poverty and raise aspiration of the local deprived community. The Fundraiser will help us in our ambitions to raise vital funds for growth and sustainability and should be quick to understand our service needs with sufficient experience to hit the ground running. You will have a proven track record in fundraising from major trusts and foundations, local and central government institutions, Corporate sector and high net worth individuals. This is a newly created post and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to join a small, dynamic team, where their work can have a real impact. The successful candidate will work closely with the Executive Director and play a key role in the development and implementation of our fundraising strategy in order to secure funding for its range of services and organisational core costs.
- To identify and secure new sources of income from major trusts, foundations, institutions and government bodies. Work with the project teams to develop written persuasive communications.
- To network in order to develop and cultivate new opportunities for fundraising.
- To carry out any other reasonable duties as required within a small working team.
- To build on relationships with existing and new trust supporters, writing letters, reports to meet deadlines and submitting further applications for funding.
- To manage and lead the identification of, and approaches to trusts and foundations that have not previously supported our work, building on an annual calendar of key prospects.
- Develop core generic trust proposals for each programme that requires funding.
- Write tailored applications, addressing grant-making priorities or requirements as specified by individual trusts and foundations.
- Identify and submit applications for prizes and awards that will raise our profile and secure funding.
- Develop and manage partnerships with corporate sector organisations, suggesting a number of ways to build on these relationships
- To secure new high level corporate donors and be responsible for the account management..
- Identify and approach corporate prospects, securing financial contributions and the support of employees.
- Manage the relationship with payroll giving agencies and other organisations in order to increase the number of regular givers who support our work.
- Contribute new ideas for fundraising and identify suitable funding initiatives, calls for proposals etc.
- Objectively review the success and achievements against agreed targets, identifying strengths, weaknesses and areas for development.
- Maintain organised hard and soft files of all fundraising information.
- Participate in the day to day work of the organisation - such as reporting, attending team and Board meetings as required, and taking a flexible approach to general administrative and support tasks.
- Represent the our work at events to members of the public and supporters, where necessary delivering presentations
- Participate in staff appraisals and appropriate training for the role
- Contribute to the production of the Annual Report.
- Ensure the website fundraising and communications information is up to date.
- Collate case studies, photographs and information from the field.
Essential skills & experience
• Excellent proven track record of fundraising from major charitable trusts, foundations, institutions, high net worth individuals and corporates. We will require evidence of your successful fundraising over the last 3 years and the role you played in that fundraising.
• Strong research skills with the initiative to identify and build relationships with potential donors.
• Self-motivated with ability to inspire, engage and encourage charitable trusts and corporates to support our work.
• Excellent organisational, written and spoken skills including proposal writing, report writing and presentations and demonstrate confidence at face to face meetings.
Desirable skills & experience
• A good knowledge of the charity sector.
• An understanding of current funding priorities of local and central government departments, trusts and other funders..
• Knowledge of large-scale funding agencies.
Working knowledge and understanding of the needsof local BMER Communities
- Communication Skills
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