CV21, Rugby
£26,433 - £28,812 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The Trust and Foundations Officer will play a key role within the Partnerships and Philanthropy Team.  The role is focused on growing income from grant-making trusts and foundations, in support of our four change ambitions:

  1. Farming That Works

  2. Energy That Transforms

  3. Cities Fit For People

  4. Resilience That Protects



The role combines responsibility for income from two trust portfolios, with broad support for the overall delivery of both the Trust & Foundations Team’s and the Partnership & Philanthropy Team’s strategies.

The post-holder will be responsible for the development and delivery of our Small Trust Programme, which generates vital unrestricted funding via a regular appeal programme, including DfID Aid Match 

In addition, the post-holder will be responsible for developing our relationships with a portfolio of trusts giving between £5,000 and £25,000.

Alongside this they will be responsible for supporting the wider Trust & Foundations team to deliver significant growth through stronger donor research, proposal development, stewardship, relationship management and liaison with colleagues in the UK and international offices. 

The post-holder will also, on occasions, have the opportunity to support the wider Partnerships and Philanthropy team.


Key Working Relationships

The role reports directly to the Trust & Foundations Manager and will develop close working relationships with other Partnerships & Philanthropy colleagues, Marketing and Communications, International Programmes, Policy and Practice, Finance and field staff overseas, in addition to external relationships with donors and supporters. 



  • Develop and deliver our Small Trusts Programme, strengthening relationships with our existing donors and researching and securing new ones.

  • Develop relationships with a portfolio of existing trusts and foundations, ensuring all donors receive exceptional care, stewardship and communications.

  • Strengthen the portfolio by researching, engaging and then lead the grant application process for trusts and foundations prospects capable of giving between £5,000 and £25,000.

  • Work with the new Business Intelligence and Fundraising Coordinator to undertake and present research on potential UK, European and global trusts and foundations.

  • Work with colleagues in the UK and overseas to develop high quality written communications, including Cases for Support, proposals, donor reports and appeals.Sometimes this will involve managing freelancers to support this work.

  • Support the development and delivery of events, donor meetings, overseas visits and other engagement activities.

  • Act as the Partnership & Philanthropy team’s internal representative on Aid Match appeals and other organisation-wide appeals where necessary

  • Participate in meetings with existing and new donors as required.

  • Manage, thank and acknowledge donations.

  • Maintain our Raisers Edge database with up-to-date donor information

  • Attend quarterly networking meetings on behalf of Practical Action

  • Input into the Partnerships and Philanthropy team’s planning, budgeting and strategy development process.



To be successful in the role, the ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:

Qualifications and Knowledge

  • Good knowledge and understanding of fundraising from trusts & foundations

  • A degree is desirable but not essential

  • A good understanding of fundraising principles and legal implications

Skills and Experience

  • Must have some fundraising experience, ideally within a trusts team

  • Exceptional written communication skills: you need to be able to proactively seek (often complex) information from a variety of sources, or colleagues, and turn this into engaging and inspiring communications relevant to the donor

  • Ability to build relationships with people at all levels both internally and externally to win commitment, consensus and support

  • Excellent research and prospecting skills

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    Ability to work well under pressure and to deadlines

  • Excellent time management skills and attention to detail

  • A proactive, independent worker with the ability to work as part of a small team

  • Ability to make judgements and recognise when required decision is outside scope of responsibility

  • A willingness to travel within the UK when required

  • To apply for this role please apply direct to Practical Action.

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Refreshed on: 23 November 2019
Closed date: 01 December 2019
Tags: Fundraising, Business Development

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