Every day in the UK, 34 young adults are diagnosed with cancer and can face a journey fraught with uncertainty and fear. Trekstock exist to help young adults thrive with, through and beyond a diagnosis of cancer, ensuring that no young adult in the UK faces the disease alone. They deliver physical, practical and social support programmes tailored to the needs of young adults, to give them a better chance of living well through, and beyond cancer.
Whilst small (the current full team is 7, including the office dog, Serge, who is a vital member of the team), they have a growing supporter base, which requires a passionate, energetic and dedicated High Value Fundraising Officer to join the growing team. In the last financial year (18/19) they increased fundraising by 40%, ending the year with a total of c. £450k meaning this financial year’s target currently stands at £500k, which they are well on the way to achieving (year end, May).
This is a hybrid role, working across, in the main Trust and Corporate fundraising, supporting the Head of Fundraising in creating and building a vibrant philanthropic programme. The Head of Fundraising is an exceptional fundraiser, who is helping Trekstock to upscale their offering and the successful candidate will be joining at a time of growth with the recent appointment of a community fundraising officer and communications officer. The board of Trustees is highly engaged and willing to open their contact books providing unrivalled exposure and opportunity for young fundraisers.
Currently, funding is weighted towards community (c.£200k), but the successful applicant will play a key part in re-focusing high value income with a potential team target of c.£280k with an even split between trust and corporate work. Fantastic relationships have already been built with some key foundations and the successful candidate will be expected to manage, grow and replicate these with the ongoing support of the Chief Executive and Head of Fundraising.
Trekstock need a High Value Fundraising Officer to:
• Push the current prospect research, trust and corporate function from ‘desk research’ towards re-engagement, engagement and results
• Work towards a personal target to be decided on appointment, engaging funders (trusts and corporate bodies), who give up to £10,000 • Work with the Head of Fundraising, Chief Executive and Community Fundraiser to drive the strategic engagement of new funders
• Work with the Community and Communications Officers as well as the Service lead to help evolve and grow the project portfolio, with a specific view to capitalising on regional opportunities and small corporate contacts
• Work comfortably across all areas of fundraising, rolling up their sleeves and helping other teams as well as taking on the administrative tasks associated with a small charity
• Support the Head of Fundraising and Chief Executive to deliver a separate, capital project (up to £75k), by delivering bespoke cases for support and other fundraising collateral
The position would best suit:
• A passionate fundraiser, looking to take the next step in the career, learning from a strong, dedicated group of fundraisers, across multiple income streams
• An excellent relationship builder, motivated by maintaining strong links with a small established portfolio of donors as well as generating new income by engaging new funders (a 50:50 split towards portfolio management and new business)
• An exceptional writer with a keen eye for detail
• Someone with experience using database software
• Someone who works well under pressure and in a small team – relishing the opportunity to gain experience in a fast paced, flat structured environment
Deadline for applications is 21st February with interviews 27/28th Feb