London, Greater London
£32,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The IRC has invested significantly in the UK fundraising team which has increased its capacity considerably over the past 3 years. There are ambitious plans to increase this even further as part of an exciting global revenue generation strategy in development. This is therefore an exciting time to join a fast-paced, dynamic team with ambitious but achievable targets.

This role sits within the UK Trusts & Foundations Team. Currently comprising 3 members of staff, the Trusts & Foundations team is part of the Global Foundations & Trusts pillar within the International Partnerships & Philanthropy (IPP) department. The team also works alongside the Philanthropy, Corporate Partnerships and Mass Markets teams in the UK.

Trusts & Foundations is a key growth area for IPP, with significant potential to grow revenue from existing supporters and a robust new business pipeline in place for financial year (FY) 2021. This role will be critical in enabling the sub-team to achieve this potential and surpass targets for FY2021 and beyond.



As Trusts and Foundations Executive you:

Work with the other Trusts global team members to maximise restricted and unrestricted income from existing and new donors within the Trusts & Foundations function,

Identify, research and cultivate potential new supporters of the IRC’s work to meet ambitious new business development targets

Deliver outstanding donor stewardship and grants management support to existing IRC trust and foundation supporters.



Authority: Contribute to the delivery of the trusts and foundations annual fundraising target, including supporting the development of strategic new donor relationships.

Responsibility for Resources: None

Key Working Relationships

Key contacts:

IRC UK high value fundraisers

IPP & Global Foundations & Trusts teams

International field and technical staff within country and regional programmes and the US

Representatives of existing and potential trust & foundation supporters, including senior stakeholders (e.g. trust Board members)

Finance staff in the UK

Fundraising and communications colleagues in the UK, US and Europe


New business development (50%)

Responsible for maintaining and developing a portfolio of current and potential trust and foundation donors in order to maximise sustainable unrestricted and restricted income.

Develop, prepare and submit funding applications to trusts and foundations, and contribute to the delivery of the Fundraising team’s target to raise both unrestricted and restricted funds, with a particular focus on priority funding needs.

Support the Head of Trusts & Foundations on strategic partnership opportunities as required.

Maintain a good knowledge and understanding of the IRC’s international programmes to ensure the development and delivery of high-quality concept notes and applications.

Produce donor development plans and bespoke communications.

Ensure all trust and foundation business development and relationship management activity, including new gifts and opportunities, is captured accurately on Salesforce, and support timely and accurate internal reporting on the team’s activity.

Donor Stewardship & Grants Management (40%)

Ensure that the Trusts team is able to develop its existing supporter relationships to maximise revenue and other strategic objectives through outstanding donor stewardship, including at senior stakeholder level.

Ensure the highest standards in grants management, working with colleagues in International Programmes, Technical Units and Finance to develop high quality narrative and financial reports in line with IRC processes, including through the IRC’s grants management system OTIS.

Strategic Support (10%)

Collaborate with global fundraising and International Programmes staff to develop timely, accurate and compelling information about the IRC’s work and impact.

Monitor developments and trends in trust fundraising, including through relevant sector events and networks.

Contribute to overall strategic and financial planning as required.

Actively participate in Fundraising team meetings and events.

Carry out other duties, as required, to maximise IRC’s trust and foundation fundraising. 

Special Conditions

Must be flexible and able to attend occasional weekend and evening events.

The deadline for applications is midnight between Thursday 28th January / Friday 29th January.

Applications will be reviewed and invited to interview on a rolling basis. Candidates  must  have  the  right  to  work  in  the UK.

IRCUK is committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination for all applicants and employees.

IRC-UK  seeks  to  ensure  we  achieve  diversity  in  our  workforce  regardless  of gender,  race,  religious  belief,  nationality,  ethnic/national  origin,  sexual  orientation,  age, marital  status  or  disability.

IRC-UK  welcomes  applications  from  all  candidates,  including underrepresented groups and refugees who have the right to work in the UK.

IRC UK will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the job application and/or interview process, and for essential job functions if appointed to a role. Please contact us if you may need such adjustments.

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Posted on: 15 January 2021
Closed date: 28 January 2021
Tags: Fundraising, Marketing