Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Brussels, Belgium
€30-40,000 (+ benefits) depending on experience and location
Permanent, Part-time, Full-time
Job description

This is a newly established role and you will take the lead on a fundraising programme with a priority focus on trusts and foundations, in addition to individuals and corporates. A structured 3-year fundraising plan and strong fundraising foundations have been put in place, and we are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual with a proven track record, preferably across Europe, to deliver its expected outcomes at a time when interest in lung health is high.

The position would best suit a fundraiser with experience who can hit the ground running. You will be creative, confident and well-versed in building the case for support and converting this into grants, sponsorship, major gifts and donations. The role also includes support and stewardship of our 300+ volunteers who are at the heart of ELF’s work.

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape and deliver a new programme of support for the European Lung Foundation, which will have a significant impact lung health in Europe.

The position can be Brussels, Belgium OR Sheffield, UK, but with some flexible home-working possibilities.

The role will also be considered on a full or part time basis.



To lead European Lung Foundation (ELF) fundraising activities in order to secure funding for programme work and organisational core costs.


Specific tasks

Foundation/Trusts and grant-making bodies

  • Build relationships with existing grant-givers, writing reports to meet deadlines and submitting further applications for funding.
  • Manage and lead the identification of, and approaches to trusts and foundations.
  • Identify and secure funding from foundations with international scope.
  • Develop core generic proposals for each programme that requires funding.
  • Write tailored applications, addressing grant-making priorities or requirements as specified by individual trusts and foundations.


  • Develop and deliver a strategy to increase donor acquisition and income from individuals using ELF materials (both professionals and patients).
  • Plan activities around the European Respiratory Society annual congress in order to capitalise on 20,000 healthcare professionals in the field attending one event.
  • Mange and develop supporter fundraising activities to increase fundraised income – including leading on the annual #TakeTheActiveOption in September challenge.


  • Identify and approach corporate prospects with aims and goals in keeping with those of the European Lung Foundation, securing financial contributions and the support of employees.
  • Specifically focus on the potential of the Healthy Lungs for Life campaign and partnerships that can be created.
  • Develop standard corporate contracts.

General fundraising

  • Work with the ELF Director and ELF Council to develop ELF’s fundraising and communications strategy and action plans.
  • Contribute new ideas for fundraising and identify suitable funding initiatives, calls for proposals etc.
  • Produce detailed annual action plans on specific areas of responsibility outlined above, identifying areas for growth and development and outlining measurable objectives.
  • Objectively review the success and achievements against agreed targets, identifying strengths, weaknesses and areas for development.
  • Maintain organised files of all fundraising information.
  • Participate in the day-to-day work of the organisation – such as reporting, attending team and board meetings as required, and taking a flexible approach to general administrative and support tasks.
  • Represent the work of ELF at events to members of the public and supporters, where necessary delivering presentations.

Supporter experience

  • Ensure all volunteers working with ELF are recognised and feel appreciated in their roles.
  • Provide supporters with regular updates on ELF activities and what they have helped the organistion achieve.
  • Produce an annual report for supporters so that they can gauge the impact that their contribution makes.


  • Ensure the fundraising section on the website is up to date.
  • Ensure effective and engaging communication information in generated and provided – including articles for the monthly newsletter.
  • Collate case studies, photographs and information to use in engagement pieces.


Personal specification


  • At least 5 years’ experience in Foundations/Trusts and/or Corporate and/or individual fundraising.
  • Proven record of successful applications for substantial funding from Foundations/Trusts and other grant-making bodies.
  • Demonstrable ability to develop relationships with Corporate partners and Foundations/Trusts.
  • Experience of researching Foundation/Trust and Corporate funding opportunities.
  • Working within a charitable environment within an international audience/outlook.
  • A background in the health sector would be advantageous.

Skills and competencies

  • Excellent written skills with the ability to produce concise and creative bids.
  • High standard of computer literacy (Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook and the Internet).
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Demonstrable ability to plan and prioritise own workload with minimum supervision.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills required to build relationships with potential donors.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of Foundations and Trusts and Corporate giving in general.
  • Proven track record of delivering on fundraising targets.
  • Knowledge of fundraising software and CRM use.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, innovation and work well under pressure.
  • Ability to understand and generate budgets.
  • Ability to plan ahead and work within agreed timeframes.
  • Ability and willingness to travel for work, including international travel.
  • Ability to work as part of a small, dynamic team.
  • Knowledge of contracts and VAT issues, desirable
Application Instructions

Please send a CV and covering letter outlining why you are a good fit for this role and what you could bring to the organisation.

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Posted on: 01 October 2021
Closed date: 30 October 2021
Tags: Fundraising

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