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Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust
£250.00 per day
Fund for the Future Endowment Appeal – Freelance Support
£25,806 - £28,181 - actual per annum (depending on skills and experience) (+ London Allowance of £3,600 if applicable)
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£250.00 per day
Contract, 40 days, Part-time
Job description


Fund for the Future Endowment Appeal – Freelance Support


To be discussed on appointment based on 40 days’ work.


Development. Working to support the Fundraising Manager and Fundraising Assistant


The Fundraising team at Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (Registered charity no. 503717-R)  is seeking to appoint a fundraising professional on a freelance basis to support its Fund for the Future endowment appeal; which is match funded by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The ideal appointee will have a broad experience in all areas of fundraising covering Trusts and Foundations, Major Donors, Individual Giving, and events.  

About Us:

Established in 1967 the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (IGMT) is one of the UK’s largest independent museum Trusts and custodian of some of the nation’s most significant industrial heritage; including Coalbrookdale, which is regarded as one of the most important historic landscapes in the World. All of its collections are Designated indicating the cultural value and national significance of all the objects, building and monuments in the collection. As one of the UK’s first sites to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1986 for “Ironbridge Gorge’s universal significance for its unique role in the development of the Industrial Revolution” it remains one of only 32 sites in the country to receive this global recognition. The Trust has two charitable aims of education and heritage conservation; operates 10 museums; cares for 35 scheduled monuments and listed buildings; which collectively tell the story of the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

The Work:

The fundraising team is seeking to appoint a freelancer to support its work to raise match funding for an endowment grant awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).

Aims and Outcomes:

To support the team to raise £500k, by March 2023, in donations from existing donors and new supporters through a range of fundraising tactics.

IGMT is looking for a candidate to provide support for:

  • Implement a robust cultivation plan that will increase donations to Fund for the Future 
  • Review and develop IGMT’s online giving and digital fundraising strategy, to increase  donations through the IGMT’s website, JustGiving, AmazonSmile, Nectar Giving and contactless donation points
  • Support the team on major fundraising events already planned for 2022
  • Manage applications to Trusts and Foundations
  • Work with the Fundraising Manager to develop strong and compelling fundraising communications for supporter mailouts and newsletters; as well as creating regular fundraising messaging for IGMT’s social media channels and LinkedIn
  • Support the Fundraising Manager to develop public fundraising and individual giving

We are seeking a candidate with the following experience and expertise:


  • Demonstrable experience of implementing a broad range of fundraising tactics either in an employed or freelance capacity
  • Good organisational skills, the ability to prioritise and manage a diverse and time critical workload to deliver against set targets
  • A broad understanding of current fundraising priorities, professional practice and standards
  • The ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships with individuals and organisations at all levels

Excellent communication skills:

  • The ability to contribute to regular e-newsletters and online content, writing promotional text for appeals. High quality communication with potential donors
  • The ability to participate at cultivation events such as Business Bridge Networking events, donor lunches, and hold one to one meetings with potential supporters (face to face, virtual, via telephone)
  • Good IT skills, confident in the use of Microsoft Office, the ability to use a CRM system and video conferencing platforms (Teams/Zoom)

IGMT will consider applications from agencies, individual freelancers, or a team of freelancers. Candidates from across the UK are eligible to apply on the basis that, as a minimum, monthly attendance at the office in Shropshire is feasible. 

Our commitment to diversity and equality is a long-standing one and we are keen that our fundraising work draws on and reflects the full range of backgrounds and perspectives to be found in our society. We are looking to increase representation from disabled, D/deaf and/or neurodivergent people, those from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds within our workforce so we particularly encourage freelancers from these backgrounds, identities and experiences to apply for this project work.


Timescales are flexible and subject to change based on there being an urgent need for this support. Early applications will be welcome as an appointment may be made prior to the deadline based on suitable submissions. Currently, the following timescales apply:

  • Invitation to quote closes: 5pm Thursday 9 December 2021
  • Interviews: Tuesday 14 December 2021
  • Successful applicant notified: Thursday 16 December 2021 (at the latest)
  • Project work commences: Subject to discussion at interview

Project budget:

£10,000 for 40 days work (£250 per day) including VAT and any expenses.

Please note, as this is a freelance opportunity the successful applicant will be responsible for arranging their own National Insurance and tax.

Interested in applying?

To express an interest in this project, please email your CV and a covering letter  no later than 5pm Thursday 9th December 2021.

Please include at least two references, or testimonials from similar projects you have delivered that will support your expression of interest.

Applicants will then be contacted to arrange an in-person or online interview on Tuesday 14 December 2021 with IGMT’s Museum Development Director and Fundraising Manager.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Additional documents
Individual Giving Freelance brief Fund for the Future (003) (.docx)
Application Instructions

Posted on: 24 November 2021
Closing date: 09 December 2021
Tags: Fundraising
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