Classics for All is a nationwide charity working to raise the aspirations of young people in state schools by introducing them to the wonders of the ancient world. Since our inception we have trained over 2,500 teachers to put Latin, ancient history, classical civilisation and Ancient Greek on their school timetables. This has reached over 55,000 young people across 900 primary and secondary schools.
Equality of education and social opportunity is at the heart of Classics for All. More than half of the schools we support are in areas of high deprivation. Classics are often seen as elitist and inaccessible – the preserve of private schools. Yet we know that learning about the Romans and Greeks – Gods, gladiators, myths, philosophy, The Iliad and The Odyssey – fires the imagination of all pupils, including those that are often disengaged from learning. Pupils of all ages are embracing the enriching experience of learning about the ancient world and its languages.
Deliver, manage and implement fundraising activities for the 2020/21 years, including a major fundraising appeal, matched funding campaigns, legacy activity and a gala fundraising dinner. The role will also support the stewardship of existing major donors, business development and collaboration with the Development Committee.
In anticipation of her maternity leave from late October 2020, our Senior Philanthropy Manager has put a series of fundraising campaigns and events in place for the next fifteen months. We are looking for an experienced fundraising and events manager to pick up on successfully managing and delivering these from mid-October 2020.
Working closely with the Executive Director and Development Committee in a small charity of 5.4 fte staff, the successful candidate will take the lead on key fundraising campaigns and events.
Due to Covid-19 Classics for All had to postpone most of its planned Tenth Anniversary events. The immediate focus for this role therefore is to manage existing fundraising campaigns during the final quarter of 2020 to reach our revised remaining fundraising target of £250k. This includes a general campaign which will launch in September and a match funding campaign in early December (Big Give Christmas Challenge).
With events scheduled throughout the following year there will be plenty of opportunity to engage with existing and potential donors. During 2021 the focus of this role will be organising a successful Gala Fundraising Dinner at Goldsmiths’ Hall with a target of at least £350k. Another priority will be attracting £25k in pledges during the summer for the Big Give match fundraising campaign taking place at the end of the year.
We are looking for an experienced fundraising and events manager with a proven record of meeting targets. You will be keen to take on a fixed-term contract which is a maternity cover for our existing Senior Philanthropy Manager. She will provide a detailed workplan and you will work in conjunction with the Executive Director who oversees fundraising and manages Trusts & Foundations. You will be supported by a large number of active senior level volunteers with a wide range of expertise. Our committed board of eleven Trustees bring a breadth and depth of experience in education, business and finance. They are led by our dynamic Chairman Geoffrey de Jager, an active philanthropist and former successful entrepreneur.
The role requires exceptional interpersonal skills, extensive experience of major donor fundraising including gala fundraising dinners (or similar) and match funding campaigns, and an interest and empathy for the work we are doing in state schools. This is a part time (two and a half to three days a week) salaried role with pension benefits and flexible working arrangements.
Despite a challenging year, our charity has seen unrelenting demand for its work and its small team works effectively to meet that demand. Classics for All enjoys a healthy number of supporters, with a track record of giving, who have been kept regularly informed of our programme of work in state schools. You will use your networks and communication and fundraising skills to ensure successful outcomes for our events and funding campaigns during this maternity cover period.