London, Greater London
£48,000 - £54,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Do you want to work for an organisation that believes that prevention is fundamental to effectively addressing the mental health crisis? If so, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is recruiting for: a Head of Public Fundraising reporting to the Director of Fundraising and communications to support our Individual Giving, Events and Community teams.

The vision of the Mental Health Foundation is good mental health for all. We work to  prevent mental health problems, driving change towards a mentally healthy society for all, and support communities, families and individuals to live mentally healthier lives, with a particular focus on those at greatest risk. The Foundation is the home of Mental Health Awareness Week. We have pioneered change for over 70 years and are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!

Joining us as the Head of Public Fundraising, you will provide strategic lead to the Individual Giving, Events and Community, Database and Supporter Services activities, including Legacies & in memoriam to achieve the mission, value and strategic objectives. This will involve managing the overall Individual Giving and Events & Community programmes to innovate, engage and develop supporters, establishing future and sustainable income streams, through leading, shaping and managing teams to deliver multi-channel programmes.

The Public Fundraising Team raises £6.5m million income per year for MHF with a budget of £1.3m - this role will contribute to the overall success of our key strategic aim ‘Building a strong Foundation’.

What does the role involve?

  • Lead on the planning and implementation of strategies that enable MHF to build long-term sustainable income by managing and developing relationships with individual supporters. Using a range of fundraising channels and approaches.
  • Responsible for ensuring efficient and accurate management of data and supporter care function.
  • Providing management and leadership across Public Fundraising Team (PFT), ensuring fundraising objectives and targets are achieved, and that all project management, budgetary and planning expectations are met. Building on cross-organisation working including Trustees, the CEO and Directors to ensure that long-term developmental opportunities are maximised.

What are we looking for?

  • Evidence of effective working knowledge and development of strategies for individual giving and community fundraising across two or more of the following areas; legacy marketing, regular giving, cash appeals, donor acquisition, online giving, retention, supporter care, challenge events and community fundraising.
  • Experience at senior level of working collaboratively with colleagues in Programmes, Research & Policy and Communications to identify the work and stories most likely to be valuable to our fundraising approaches and to ensure that this is gathered and communicated effectively to supporters and potential donors.
  • Proven leader with demonstrated experience using a coaching and collaborative approach to managing teams and stakeholders.

Why should you join our Mental Health Foundation?

  • 25 days excluding bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years of service
  • Generous non-contributory pension plan, up to 10% employer contribution
  • Various flexible working options
  • Enhanced Maternity pay
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to work scheme


MHF is fully committed to safeguarding all. Please note that all our roles require a DBS check.

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post.  In order to apply for this post, you must demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. 

How to apply: Apply via our website 

Interviews are planned for 1st – 3rd September 2020.

Diversity is valued at the Foundation and is important in the work that we do. Applications from all sections of the community are welcome and will be considered on merit. Should you have a disability and require any additional support or if you have any questions regarding the above role.

Due to Covid-19 and until further notice, we are currently operating digital recruitment and on-boarding processes. The successful candidate may be required to work from home until such time as our offices re-open. We are open to consider flexible working and we are currently working on a proposal, based on staff consultation, about how a return to the office, planned for September, could look like. This may include having a blend of working in the office and working from home, to allow for social distancing to be put in place, as well as supporting staff wellbeing in longer term.



Posted on: 28 July 2020
Closed date: 16 August 2020
Job ref: LON/2/
Tags: Fundraising

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