London, Greater London (Hybrid)
£29,000 per annum
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

This is a very exciting time to be joining Impetus as we aim to support more young people this year than ever before in our history. We are looking for a highly motivated Philanthropy Officer who is excited by the prospect of working for an ambitious fundraising team in a sector leading charity. In this varied role, you will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of different types of fundraising, including events, major donors, grant making trusts, and corporate partnerships. 

The Philanthropy team raises income for Impetus and for Impetus partner charities. There are eleven members of the team which is responsible for fundraising, events, and donor engagement, as well as collaborating with colleagues across the organisation to ensure we make a compelling case to generate new financial commitments and wider support for our work. The team also delivers a high-quality engagement programme of volunteering and pro bono for Impetus’s corporate supporters. Impetus has an annual income of £8 million which we are looking to grow to £10 million within the next few years. The team is led by the Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships.  

Impetus is driven by a shared belief in tackling the barriers that hold back young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in education and employment. Alongside investing extensive financial and non-financial support in our charity partners through our Investment Team we also seek to influence decision makers to design and implement evidence led policy and direct new resources to get young people the support they need through our Public Affairs team. We are resolutely focused on outcomes, driven by quality evidence.  

About this role

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with the passion and skills to develop in a career in fundraising. We are looking for someone who is fascinated by the charity sector and eager to learn about the dynamic world of high-level major donor fundraising and corporate philanthropy.  

The Philanthropy Officer is a highly professional, proactive and dynamic individual who will directly support the Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships, as well as the wider team to secure and maintain income from a range of funders including Corporates, Individuals and Grant-Making Trusts to help transform young people’s lives.   

Working closely to support the Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships will be a key focus of the role, including diary management, administration, meeting preparation, and varied duties required to maintain and develop strong team operations and donor relationships.  

The Philanthropy Officer will be an enthusiastic, creative, can-do team player, who is able to manage a busy and varied workload, work autonomously and work with all members of the organisation.  

Key responsibilities

Assisting the Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships 

  • Responsible for providing direct support to the Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships; includes meeting arrangements, diary management, Board papers planning, and other administrative duties as required by the Director.  

Research and Briefings 

  • Research prospective donors and create bespoke briefings for donor meetings.
  • Research and report on philanthropy trends, philanthropic developments in the private equity and associated industries as well as key updates pertinent to our donors and prospects.   

Philanthropy team operations 

  • Support team diary management, including scheduling cross-organisational meetings, team training, and other coordination of team activities. 
  • Support the events team in the lead up to and delivery of events (guest list management, database management and ad hoc preparation).  
  • Maintain financial and income records, including recording donations.  
  • Supporting other teams when required.  

Fundraising support 

  • Support account managers with fundraising cycle, including updating pitch decks, meeting preparation, support for donor committees, and ensuring that all donor meetings and emails are logged correctly and promptly on Salesforce (customer relationship management platform).  
  • Manage online giving platforms, uploading relevant information to Salesforce. 
  • Demonstrate professionalism and best practice in all duties, comply with the organisation’s policies and procedures and proactively support the wider team to deliver our mission effectively.  


Person specification


  • Demonstrable experience working in a relevant professional environment  
  • Clear aspiration to build a career as a fundraiser  
  • Experience or understanding of corporate fundraising, major donor fundraising or GMT fundraising 
  • Able to grasp and interpret complex ideas, including the venture philanthropy model of Impetus and the private equity industry   
  • Committed to Impetus’ mission 
  • Committed to equality, diversity and inclusion  
  • Strong research and prospecting skills  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills  
  • Excellent analytical and data reporting skills  
  • Excellent PowerPoint and presentation skills 
  • Experience of using databases, including input and extraction of data, reporting and experience in using Salesforce or a comparable CRM system  
  • Excellent IT and technology skills with strong experience and/or knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, Powerpoint). Excel skills would be a benefit 
  • Ability to work well under pressure with the ability to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple projects  
  • Ability to look beyond own area of expertise and be pro-active and creative in problem solving  


  • Knowledge of the sector – young people, education, employment


How to apply

You can find a full information pack on our website. Candidates will be required to send a comprehensive CV and supporting statement to us by 11.30pm Sunday 10 July 2022. The supporting statement should be no more than two sides of A4 and should address the criteria in the person specification.

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

We believe that a diverse workforce leads to an organisation that is more open, creative and gets better results. We want our team at Impetus to represent the diversity of the people and communities we serve. We also want our team to be one where different experiences, expertise and perspectives are valued, and where everyone is encouraged to grow and develop. We want to reach a diverse pool of candidates. We are happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that potential employees may need to in order to be successful. We recognise the importance of a good work/life balance. We do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including working from home, working part-time job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.

Impetus is an equal opportunity employer and is determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, race, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, or marital status. We value diversity and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

More about Impetus

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Refreshed on: 22 June 2022
Closed date: 10 July 2022 at 23:30
Tags: Fundraising