Fundraising Manager

Posted by Rain Rescue

Fundraising Manager

Rotherham, South Yorkshire Doncaster, South Yorkshire Sheffield, South Yorkshire Barnsley, South Yorkshire Check commute

£26,000 - £28,000 per year (FTE)

Permanent, Part-time

Job Description


Founded in 2002, our charity has saved the lives of thousands of dogs and cats most at risk in and around Yorkshire. Our rescue centre provides the space and support needed for these abandoned animals to recover, thrive and find a loving home.

We see the beautiful animal that is sometimes hidden under layers of pain and neglect, and rehabilitate them then match them to a new home and with the owners they need. Our focus is on the dogs and cats that most need our help, including:

  • the dogs in stray kennels who are at risk of being put to sleep when their statutory seven days of care run out
  • abandoned cats who have been left alone or thrown out onto the street with nobody to care for them and often breed unwanted kittens.
  • support people who find themselves in a multitude of different crisis situations and can no longer care for their dogs or cats and need help and advise on rehoming their pet.


Job Title:

Fundraising Manager


£26,000 - £28,000 (depending on experience)

Hours of work:

Variable 25 hours per week Home based with 1 day in office at Rotherham, S66 1DZ

Responsible to:


Responsible for:

Community Fundraiser

About the role: 
The Fundraising Manager is responsible for devising, developing and implementing Rain Rescue’s fundraising programme, to maximise income and customer service. Working collaboratively within all areas to ensure voluntary income is maximised across the charity training other teams to be a part of the income generation.

Responsible for raising income from individuals and high-value donors, encouraging and visiting local businesses and corporates and also spreading the legacy appeal. This will including ownership of delivering the Donor Marketing, Social Media and Digital Fundraising plus providing exemplary Supporter Care.

This role is to generate and increase the income for Rain Rescue general activities supporting its daily ongoing work. This role will be the lead for the Fundraising team and evaluate existing fundraising activities and focusing on ROI of activities for both short and long term income generation. In addition and separate to this role, will be a Capital Appeal for Rain Rescue to develop the rescue centre expecting to commence late 2019/2020.

To apply for this exciting new role, please send your CV with a letter explicitly detailing your experience to date along with your expectations in this role, and providing details about the actions you would propose to take initially as well as long term. Applications without accompanying letters including this will not be considered.

Main Purpose of the Role:

Be responsible for devising, developing and implementing Rain Rescue’s fundraising programme, to maximise income and provide exemplary stewardship. Working collaboratively within all areas to ensure voluntary income is maximised across the charity encouraging other teams to understand the part they can play towards income generation.

Responsible for raising income from individuals and high-value donors, corporates and legacies. Including delivering Donor Marketing, Social Media and Digital Fundraising plus providing exemplary Supporter Care.

This role will lead the Fundraising team and evaluate existing fundraising activities and focusing on ROI of activities for both short and long term income generation.

  • Take the lead role in the design and creation of a new CRM database system (potentially Donorfy) Ensuring migration of supporters and partner relationships are efficiently transferred in from other databases (via CSV) with the assistance of CRM developers and other members of the charity.
  • Identify potential and increase regular donations through a regular donor program
  • Deliver a structured acquisition plan for all donors to maximise income and donor numbers.
  • Manage the Community Fundraiser and existing fundraising activities to maximise income generated by the team.
  • Through research and contacts identifying and recruit local businesses as supporters and donors.
  • Attract and implement Payroll Giving opportunities
  • Implement and manage a major donor stewardship programme across all aspects, which will entail researching donors, including briefing, sourcing information, writing copy, managing data selection and thanking
  • Produce a communications plan and an annual events programme to cultivate relationships.
  • Work collaboratively and alongside the Capital Appeal fundraising program
  • Build compelling cases of support around key areas of Rain Rescue’s work.
  • Ensure all donors are thanked in a timely manner and receive exemplary stewardship and supporter care that meets, and exceeds expectations.
  • Keep-up-to-date of the latest legislative and statutory developments relating to the role, advising other staff and the Senior Management Team as appropriate.
  • Ensure all policies and procedures within the Fundraising team are up to date and legally compliant.


  • To be the lead contact for all fundraising opportunities including the coaching, training and support of the Community Fundraiser and other non specific fundraising staff.
  • To support in the recruitment, induction and training of volunteers in accordance with the Charity’s policies and procedures that are able to work effectively and to the standard required by the Charity in order to raise funds and charity awareness.
  • To manage and motivate the staff and volunteer team, providing guidance, feedback and coaching as required and manage performance through general feedback as well as appraisals and regular meetings, ensuring they are fulfilling their job role and responsibilities.
  • To keep proper records of all data, training, appraisals and any other relevant purposes.
  • To encourage staff and volunteer ownership and responsibility.


  • To ensure a high level of housekeeping is maintained, creating an environment that is pleasant and safe for visitors, animal care staff and volunteers.
  • To be accountable for ensuring all health and safety measures and procedures are observed and adhered to by staff, volunteers and the general public at any event the Rain Rescue team organise and advising as necessary, to volunteers and fundraising how to promote their events safely.


The Fundraising Manager is authorised to liaise with supporters, businesses, corporates, suppliers other charities and any other organisations that might be necessary in the performance of these duties. With that authority, all contact must be made with consideration that the jobholder is acting as an ambassador for the Charity.


This job description summarises the main duties and responsibilities of the job. The jobholder may be required to undertake other appropriate duties as required by the needs and demands of the Charity from time to time


In addition to undertaking the duties outlined above, the jobholder will be expected to fully adhere to the following:

Experience and Knowledge

Substantial fundraising experience and ideally with experience of devising new acquisition programmes and a minimum of 3 years experience in an active fundraising role across a broad spectrum of fundraising.

Demonstrable track record of achieving and exceeding income targets and ability to create a realistic Fundraising Strategy in which to meet them.

Experience in generating income and recruiting new donors using all types of offline, online and social media including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Website and Text

Have skills and experience of working with a small charity and in a team where you are the lead person responsible for all aspects of income generation.

Experience of managing a small team including setting achievable targets and supporting others to increase their knowledge of fundraising and income generation.

Experience of building strong and effective relationships with donors, potential supporters and other stakeholders.

Experience of researching individuals and matching their interests to suitable projects to build a long term relationship.

Experience of using databases, preferably Donorfy and training others to ensure accuracy of data. To incorporate setting up / following procedures; and understanding data.

Demonstrable track record of proactively securing new funder relationships.

Skills and Qualifications

Highly numerate, with the ability to create, maintain and monitor budgets and expenditure

Have already established some relationships with major donors, businesses and evidence of success in securing high value gifts.(above 4 figures)

Ability to prioritise multiple demands

Excellent event management skills

Excellent IT & presentation skills

Educated to degree level or equivalent experience.

Articulate and persuasive, with excellent written and verbal skills and the ability to develop and maintain excellent relationships showing attention to detail.

Excellent at writing persuasive and engaging at writing magazine and article appeals and reaching out using Direct Mail appeals and proposals to achieve income targets

Good communication and organisational skills

Personal Qualities

Present a positive and professional image at all times and not afraid to approach people and identify the right person in a business to ask.

Passionate to help a young animal welfare charity grow and provide a safe haven for dogs and cats into the future.

Self Starter, highly motivated and organised with a positive work ethic and ‘can do’ attitude

Uphold the fundamental principles and act with integrity and in accordance with Rain Rescue’s values and obligations.

Recognise the implications of working within a charity and a voluntary organisation.

Work with integrity, impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences


Act in accordance with the Charity’s Equal Opportunities Policy, which is designed to prevent discrimination of any kind and ensure equality of opportunity is a key principle that is continually embraced. Undertaking all duties in a way that values others and does not discriminate and promotes equality.


Ensure that all duties are carried out in line with the Charity’s health and safety, operational, performance management, personnel, data protection and financial regulations, policies and procedures.

Corporate Image:

Adopt a corporate image at all times and always act in the best interests of the Charity.


Maintain absolute confidentiality with regards to the Charity’s information, procedures, ways of working and clients.

Other factors

The charity supports around South Yorkshire and we are looking for someone who already understands the contacts and businesses of the local area.  You will be expected to be telephoning and driving around to potential donors to secure funding.

Full driving licence and use of own vehicle for business use is required

Able to work occasional unsociable hours, weekends and stay overnight if required for travel.

At interview stage the candidate will be expected to prepare and present on the topic of

" How you would manage the first year of increasing the individual and major donor strategy for our charity".  You will have access to Powerpoint for a 10 minute presentation with questions and answers for your proposal. 

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