Polly Symondson Recruitment | 000141
Polly Symondson Recruitment, PSR, Specialist Regional Recruitment for the Charity Sector, Cheltenham, UK
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Job Number 000141

Job Title: Trust Fundraising Manager
Charity: The Big House
Salary: up to 35k
Contract: full time, permanent
Location: London
Closing Date: Rolling applications

The Big House has a simple mission: to enable care leavers to fulfil their potential. The statistics are stark and speak for themselves. While only 1% of children in England & Wales have been in care, they account for 27% of the adult prison population and half of all prisoners under 25. A shocking 46% of care leavers remain continuously NEET (not in education, employment or training) and they are four times more likely to commit suicide.

Through drama and individualised long-term support The Big House help care leavers overcome traumas experienced in childhood so they can make the complex transition from looked-after child to independent adult.

The primary function of the Trust Fundraising Manager to be pro-active in identifying and developing new and existing relationships with trusts, foundations and statutory bodies in order to generate income and assist the team in reaching agreed income targets. ensuring that fundraising activity is in-line with the overall strategic plan for The Big House.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Identify, research and approach prospective contacts in order to cultivate relationships and generate new business.
  • To develop and manage a realistic weighted pipeline of trusts and foundations income including the development of new multi-year and growth fund opportunities.
  • Develop excellent written proposals including drafting and agreeing project budgets.
  • To work with project staff to ensure useful and relevant material is gathered across projects, for detailed and timely reporting to funders and the creation of compelling fundraising material.
  • Support the Engagement Manager to identify what impact data needs to be captured to best show the impact of The Big House, and tying this in to overall strategy.

Person specification to include:

  • Detailed knowledge of Trusts & Foundations, funding timescales and reporting requirements.
  • Excellent knowledge of fundraising landscape in the UK
  • Outstanding communication skills (written and verbal) to engage with funders.
  • Experience of achieving set income targets in a fundraising role and a strong track record of cultivating relationships with trustees/trust representatives, and securing major multi-year 5 and 6-figure grants.
  • Able to show successful fundraising results over a minimum of one financial cycle.
  • Confident and successful use of IT systems and packages including MS Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint).

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