£23,000 - £27,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Role: Trusts & Foundations Officer

Reports to: Trusts & Foundations Manager

Location: Home-based with occasional travel to the London office

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £23,000 - £27,000 (depending on experience)

Term of appointment: Permanent

Benefits:  25 days annual leave plus generous contributory pension scheme

About MicroLoan Foundation

At MicroLoan Foundation, we enable the poorest and most vulnerable women in sub-Saharan Africa to work their own way out of poverty. By providing them with small loans and the skills and tools to start a business, we support them to become self-sufficient for their daily needs.

Over time, the money they generate from their own efforts helps to ensure food security, improved housing, access to healthcare and an education for their children. We encourage them to make modest savings as insurance against future crop failure, family illness and other unexpected circumstances; giving them confidence in their ability to weather whatever life throws at them. Since 2002, MicroLoan has reached over 280,000 of the poorest women in sub-Saharan Africa, giving hope for the future, not simply handouts.

About the role

MicroLoan Foundation is looking for a proactive and friendly self-starter to join our fundraising team. The Trusts & Foundations Officer will play an essential role in the fundraising team, who have an income target of £1 million.

You will lead on a portfolio of smaller trusts and foundations with responsibility for building relationships with and securing income from these, as well as developing a strong pipeline of new potential donors. Our portfolio is large and diverse and includes family and corporate trusts as well as government institutions from the UK, the US, Australia, the EU and the African countries we work in. You will have the opportunity to take ownership of developing a funding pipeline in the US as well as support the department on more complicated high value bids to gain experience of strategic partnerships.

Through developing and maintaining positive and constructive working relationships with key colleagues in the operations teams, you will gain an in-depth understanding of planned and existing programmes of work and translate them into compelling cases for support. You will be responsible for the recruitment and day-to-day management of volunteers, and at times you may be called upon to assist your fundraising colleagues and represent the charity at special events (typically during evening or weekend hours).

Key tasks:

  • Grow income from existing Trusts & Foundations, in line with the organisations objectives and targets
  • Have the highest standard of donor care, i.e. timely submissions of donor reports and responding to donor queries
  • Proactively build relationships and secure new funding opportunities
  • Research and continuously replenish the pipeline of new potential donors
  • Update existing funding applications and creating new, well researched and high-quality funding proposals and budgets
  • Write high-quality donor reports which include budget reporting and social impact data
  • Record key information on existing and potential donors ensuring information is accurate and up to date
  • Recruit, steward and motivate Trusts & Foundations volunteers
  • Ensuring systems and databases are up to date and maintained at all times to enable analysis of the team’s performance

Person specification

The successful Trusts & Foundations Officer will have a proven track record of securing income from trusts and foundations, have outstanding writing and communication skills, and a passion for international development issues, in particular related to poverty and inequality in Africa. You will be dealing with people of different levels of seniority and have demonstrable experience of juggling a large number of funder relationships and funding applications. You will be enthusiastic about working collaboratively with all fundraising colleagues while being able to take ownership of your portfolio and fundraising targets. We are looking for a self-motivated person who is driven by results and is capable of handling multiple priorities simultaneously. You will bring energy and enthusiasm to the role and will be able to hit the ground running.

Knowledge, experience & skills


  • At least two years of experience of trusts and foundations fundraising, both in account management and business development
  • Demonstrable track record of successfully securing grants in the region of £10,000
  • Excellent organisational and record-keeping skills
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to write engaging and persuasive proposals
  • Strong prospect research skills
  • Excellent stakeholder management, including experience of engaging and networking with internal stakeholders
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent grammar and proofreading skills, excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaborate effectively in a team
  • Ability to juggle a number of assignments at the same time, to plan ahead to meet application and report deadlines, to organise a busy workload and to prioritise tasks
  • Calm under pressure, flexible and adaptable
  • Good data analysis and budget skills
  • Solid IT skills including fundraising databases (eTapestry or other), Excel, Word, and PowerPoint


  • Experience of working with and managing volunteers
  • Experience of working in international development organisations
Application Instructions

Please send your CV and a cover letter on no more than two sides of A4 clearly outlining your experience and suitability for the role, as well as your motivation to work for MicroLoan Foundation. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

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Posted on: 15 September 2021
Closed date: 15 October 2021
Tags: Fundraising, Intl Development

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