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Job description

Senior Philanthropy Officer

Salary: c£36,300 per annum (plus Inner London Allowance £3,333 if applicable).

Location: Flexible Hybrid or Remote. (If remote, most of our major donors are based in London, so travel to London as needed for meetings and events will be a requirement of the role).

Contract / Hours: Permanent - Full-Time - 35 hours per week.

Benefits: 29 days annual leave pro rata PLUS bank holidays, excellent training and development opportunities, flexible maternity, adoption, and paternity packages, up to 7% employer contribution pension, discount portal with your favourite brands. 

Closing Date: Friday 8th December 2023, due to the volume of anticipated applications, we can close the vacancy before the closing date, so please do apply as soon as possible.

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis throughout December 2023.

Why Action for Children? 

At Action for Children, we believe that every child should have a safe and happy childhood. Last year, we helped more than 765,000 children and families across the UK. We work to ensure their voices are heard and we campaign to bring lasting change to their lives.

It's an exciting time to join the Philanthropy team at Action for Children, and we are looking for collaborative, energised and forward-thinking individuals to join our ambitious team of fundraising professionals. 

Working here is so much more than a job. It's an investment of time to truly make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children, young people and families across the UK.

We work together to reach our vision of safe and happy childhoods. Given this and our ongoing commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, we encourage applications from everyone. We value and celebrate the diversity of those that work with us and as an inclusive workplace we want all our current and future staff to feel able to be themselves in the workplace.

If you're interested in finding out more, click apply and visit our careers portal for more information. 

A bit about the role

Action for Children aims to deliver substantial growth from our high value audience over the next five years, with the Philanthropy and Trusts Team playing a vital role in achieving that ambition, working together with the Partnerships, Events and High Value Operations teams. 

You will work to secure gifts from major donors and family foundations to deliver a wide range of organisational priority projects and services, also contributing to the development of the philanthropy pipeline to support the team's growth strategy.

We're looking for someone with excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrable experience of securing four and five figure gifts from major donors and family foundations.  

For an informal chat about what the role will entail, you can contact Tania Salway, Philanthropy Manager, at to arrange a call. 

How you'll help to create brighter futures

  • Deliver an annual individual income target, focussing on securing 4- 6 figure donations from major donors and family foundations including reporting income against high standards of accountability.
  • Initiate and develop long-term relationships with major donors and family foundations, to enable the delivery of challenging income targets.
  • Develop and implement bespoke solicitation and stewardship plans for a portfolio of existing supporters and new prospects.
  • Contribute to a communication and stewardship programme, seeking out opportunities to actively promote the impact of our work to current supporters and inspire future involvement.
  • Collaborate with fundraising colleagues to track and report on prospecting activities, remaining supporter focussed and maximising opportunities to enrich and develop donor journeys.
  • Take responsibility for ensuring that relationships with major donors and family foundations reach their full potential, and that the charity delivers on its commitment to funders.
  • Work closely with the Philanthropy Manager, Trust Manager and Prospect Research Manager to identify and cultivate new prospects in line with departmental needs and to identify and translate project information into compelling fundraising and stewardship materials.
  • Contribute to the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the Philanthropy and Trusts team through annual planning and reporting processes, maintaining written and electronic records of donors, in compliance with data protection legislation.

Let's talk about you 

  • Excellent experience of working in Major Donor fundraising, making asks, and securing 4-5 figure gifts from major donor individuals and family foundations.
  • Ability to manage a pool of prospects and donors, devising clear cultivation and stewardship plans with the aim of securing long term financial philanthropic support.
  • Ability to deal with confidential matters and act with discretion.
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and manage a busy workload, achieved through a flexible approach to work times.
  • Excellent and adaptable communication e., written and verbal, with great interpersonal skills across a variety of media and formats.
  • Excellent prospecting/ research skills, with knowledge and understanding of tax efficient giving in the UK.
  • Established organisational, analytical skills and the ability to work independently, with initiative and creativity.

Please see the Job Description for the full list of accountabilities and requirements.

At Action for Children, we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace by actively encouraging applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic candidates and people with disabilities, as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and meaningful action to ensure fair opportunity to all groups in our communities and for AFC.

Don't meet every single requirement? If you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we'd love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family.

Refreshed on: 30 November 2023
Closing date: 08 December 2023 at 09:10
Job ref: 11120
Tags: Fundraising
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