b:friend is looking an experienced, passionate and skilled fundraising professional to join our Board to guide and advise the charity in developing and implementing a diverse and effective fundraising strategy.
Responsible to: Chair, b:friend Board
Purpose: To manage the development and implementation of a successful fundraising strategy to diversify our income to enable greater impact
Hours: Approximately 6 hours a month
Salary: This is a voluntary role
We currently have five trustees located across Yorkshire. Board meetings are usually every month via Zoom with a number of in-person meetings and away-day opportunities during the year (which we intend to resume when it is safe to do so).
b:friend works to reduce social isolation experienced by older neighbours by pairing them with volunteer befrienders in the community to connect each week for a cuppa and a chat. Through 1:1 and group befriending we bring people together for meaningful connection in the place they call home.
Founded in 2017, b:friend aims to reverse the exclusion facing older neighbours behind closed doors who often don’t see or speak with another person for weeks at a time. In the UK, the number of over-50s experiencing loneliness is set to reach 2 million in the next four years. The immediate negative wellbeing impact of extended time spent alone is obvious but it is also a key determinant to long-term health linked to increased likelihood of stroke, coronary disease, cognitive decline and premature death.
No one should have no one. We believe that by facilitating meaningful community connection it is possible to transform an individual’s self-value, reduce their isolation and enable them to build resilience in later life.
During the pandemic our befrienders have offered vital connection to older neighbours facing the challenge alone with telephone calls, doorstep visits and delivery of essential items. This is community cohesion in its most authentic form.
Some successes to mention:
- Support over 800 volunteers to befriend older neighbours across England and Wales
- Awarded ‘Best Health Charity’ at the Who Cares Wins 2018 UK awards
- Maintain 300+ volunteering hours every week
For more background on the work we do please take a look at our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.
b:friend is a small charity with ambitions to make big change. In order to do so we require a comprehensive fundraising strategy that allows our team of staff and volunteers to deliver effective impact and make a lasting difference in communities.
The new trustee will bring a fresh perspective to our fundraising ensuring it is of the highest standard and priority. The individual will assist the board to see the bigger picture and support b:friend staff / volunteer fundraisers.
- Oversee fundraising and ensure it is carried out in legal, honest and accountable ways
- Strategically assess where fundraising fits into the overall strategy and work with senior staff to ensure effective income generation is achieved
- Take a critical look at our current fundraising strategy, and support the creation of a new and updated plan
- Contribute knowledge of fundraising tools, techniques and strategies
- Encourage an entrepreneurial fundraising culture and assess the cost benefit ratio of each planned type of fundraising
- Network on behalf of b:friend to solicit funds on a peer to peer basis
- Carry out fundraising risk assessments, especially when considering new or ambitious fundraising strategies
- Be an active champion of b:friend
Qualities – essential:
- Someone with sufficient fundraising / income generation knowledge
- An understanding of the UK charity sector, good governance, Charity Commission, relevant legislations and statutory requirements
- An understanding of the challenges facing small UK charities in maximising income streams and donor cultivation
- Experience of diverse fundraising practices - corporate and philanthropic giving, and trusts and foundations would be valuable
- Excellent networking skills, influencing and communication skills
In addition to the specific responsibilities stated, you will assume all the usual duties of a trustee.
Interested applicants should send a CV (or link to your LinkedIn profile) with your full contact details and a covering letter to address:
- Your motivation for the role
- What specific skills and expertise you would bring
- How you meet the competencies listed in the role summary
All applications can be sent to our Chair, Daniel Burton, who will then be in touch.
Please note: the law places certain restrictions on becoming a charity Trustee (for example, you cannot be under the age of 18, or been convicted of an offence involving deception or dishonestly). If you are in any doubt about your eligibility, visit the Charity Commission website.