N8, London
£35,000 - £40,000 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Job Title:                   Major Donor Manager

Salary:                       £35-£40k

Hours:                        12 month fixed term contract

Location:                   Ability House/ Work from Home

Line Manager:         Director of Fundraising and Communications

Context of the Job

my AFK helps disabled children and young people to live independent and fulfilling lives.

There are two main themes to our work: employment and mobility. We help disabled young people aged 18-25 to develop important life and work skills so they can live more independently and move into paid employment. We also offer a range of face to face and on-line activities for young people aged 14-18 during the school holidays. On the mobility side we provide specialist mobility equipment not available on the NHS to disabled children and young people up to their 25th birthday, across the UK.


Main purpose

my AFK is 30 years old in 2022 and over the past 30 years we have helped thousands of disabled children and young people who deserve the best possible start in life. We will be celebrating our success in 2022 as well as using the opportunity to raise funds to support the next generation of disabled young people.


This new role will sit in the Fundraising and Communications Department and you will work with the Fundraising and Communications Director, and the wider team to launch a major donor fundraising strategy to raise income from high-net-worth individuals.

With a successful track record in delivering four figure plus gifts through personal approaches to Major Donors and growing new mutually beneficial relationships raising £5,000+, you will have experience of creating, developing and delivering on successful major donor fundraising strategies.

As well as the ability to engage with senior stakeholders and deliver bespoke supporter journeys and experiences you will have excellent written and communication skills that inspire and engage supporters.


Principle Responsibilities

  • Work with the Fundraising and Comms Director to plan, write and deliver a major donor fundraising strategy
  • Secure gifts from high-net-worth individuals to support my-AFK during our 30th Anniversary Year and beyond
  • Deliver first class stewardship and relationship management - continually improving the quality of experience for our supporters
  • Write persuasive content and create engaging fundraising messaging for a for a variety of high value audiences, across multiple channels
  • Create compelling cases for support and outstanding funding proposals for major donors
  • Work collaboratively with Service Delivery colleagues to ensure projects are fundable and major donors can see the impact of their gift
  • Support key strategic projects across the Fundraising Department
  • Able to ask for large gifts and support the Chief Executive, Trustees, and other staff members to solicit large gifts
  • Ensure that the fundraising database and financial reporting are kept up to date


Person Specification



  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities and tight deadlines with a proactive approach
  • Friendly, positive, flexible and adaptable team player
  • Managing complex supporter relationships
  • Fundraising experience in Philanthropy, Charitable Trusts or through public or private sector sources
  • Experience of building relationships to maximise potential
  • Experience of working on multiple projects at any one time, requiring determination and focus to complete according to deadlines
  • Local and/or national fundraising experience - however, we will not exclude candidates from other backgrounds especially if this involves working closely with high-net-worth individuals in other careers
  • Excellent IT skills including knowledge of MS Office packages
  • Experience of using a CRM to record contacts and income and for reporting


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Previous experience managing a major donor function or demonstrable transferable skills
  • Experience of managing high profile events


  • Deliver all aspects of this job description in accordance with my AFK’s Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to the aims and objectives of my AFK
  • Willingness to work outside of normal hours if required, including weekends
  • Willingness to undertake further training if required
  • Staff are encouraged to volunteer to support at least two events outside of normal working hours each year – we have a Time Off In Lieu (TOIL) policy
  • Awareness of current issues affecting disabled children and young people in the UK and a commitment to keep abreast of this ever-changing landscape
  • Undertake other duties which are in line with the general level of responsibility of the post, or as directed by a member of the Senior Management team


Code of Conduct

  • Understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Ensure compliance with The General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018, and Fundraising Regulations

For further details, please download a copy of the job pack. 


Application Instructions

To apply please submit your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification.

More about my AFK

my AFK helps disabled children and young people to live independent and fulfilling lives.

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Refreshed on: 08 December 2021
Closed date: 02 January 2022
Tags: Fundraising