£31,000 - £32,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Make-A-Wish UK is looking for a proactive and relationship driven Major Donor Officer to support the delivery of the major giving plan through excellent stewardship and effective use of research and insight to increase philanthropic support for Make-A-Wish. This is an exciting role, great for somebody who wants to grow their career in major fundraising and relationship management in a successful and growing Philanthropy team with the opportunity to have a real impact.

As our new Major Donor Officer, you'll play a key role in a growing Philanthropy team. You'll support and engage both existing and new high-value supporters, delivering stewardship at the highest level and implementing a planned calendar of activities. Working closely with the Philanthropy Manager, you'll grow the major donor pipeline taking a research-driven, focused approach, utilising the CRM database to deliver quality and engaging methods to provide excellent cultivation and stewardship.

To be successful in this role, you'll need:

  • Experience managing and stewarding positive existing and new relationships with supports
  • Experience managing a pipeline
  • Brilliant interpersonal skills
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to prioritise tasks and excellent administration skills;
  • Strong communication, both written and oral
  • Experience with CRM databases such as Salesforce

Right now, over 60,000* children in the UK are eligible for a wish because they have a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, a diagnosis that changes their lives and the lives of their families forever.

The power of a wish revives a childhood stolen by critical illness. It brings light and joy to children and their loved ones, with a profound and lasting impact on all their lives.

But we can’t be that light for everyone. Granting wishes takes an army of volunteers, community support, skills and donations to help children feel like children again. So, we’re looking for people like you to work alongside us as we strive to be the light for every child and young person who needs us.

Make-A-Wish is an inspiring place to work as we’re immersed in the magical world of children’s imaginations! You'll be joining us at an exciting time as we launch our ambitious new strategy which will, ultimately, enable us to reach more children and young people with a wish.

We're a flexible organisation that promotes agile working and had the technology in place for employees to work from home before the pandemic. We also work out of accessible, bright, airy offices directly opposite Reading train and bus stations.

Make-A-Wish UK is a rewarding place to work, every day you will be helping to make a difference granting life-changing wishes to seriously ill children.

The organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A DBS check will be requested where required. Employment is subject to positive references and proof of the right to work in the UK.

Make-A-Wish is also committed to attracting and recruiting diverse people as it’s vital that we strive towards ensuring that our trustees, employees, ambassadors and volunteers reflect the communities we seek to serve.


Reading/home based with UK travel.

Full time permanent contract.

To apply:

Please read the full job description before applying. Please complete the job application found on our website.

Please note that applications without the completed form will not be considered.

Closing Date: Wednesday 12 January 2022
Interview Date: TBC

More about Make-A-Wish UK

Make-A-Wish UK creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

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Refreshed on: 10 December 2021
Closed date: 06 January 2022
Job ref: MDO2
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