Farringdon, Greater London
£45,900-£54,000 pa + excellent benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The job of a Save the Children's UK Transformational Gifts Lead is varied and fulfilling.

  • Do you have extensive experience of working within major donor fundraising, preferably within an international context?
  • Do you have excellent interpersonal, influencing and relationship building skills?
  • Do you have demonstrable experience of delivering high level stewardship?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn't just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

About Us
Save the Children UK believes every child deserves a future. In the UK and around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children's unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

Job Purpose
As Transformational Gifts Lead, you will be
responsible for maximising transformational (£1m+) philanthropic gifts within the UK and across new markets globally to deliver significant income for Save the Children’s key priorities. Proactively driving new business, you will secure support and build sustainable relationships of value. Through cultivating new and existing relationships, you will deliver greater impact, influence, investment and engagement to ensure children grow up healthy, educated and safe from harm.

Key accountabilities:

  • Build long lasting, highly engaged relationships with philanthropists in the UK and from new markets, with a focus on 7+ figure gifts and developing relationships of value for Save the Children
  • Proactively prospect, generating new links through peer-to-peer approaches, and actively networking to generate a pipeline to a minimum of 10m annually
  • Steward donors with excellence, understanding donor motivations, philanthropy trends and delivering a bespoke donor journey to ensure continuity of their engagement with Save the Children
  • Act as lead for our Global Philanthropy initiatives, collaborating, and delivering impact across the Save the Children movement
  • Act as lead for our work in the global convening philanthropy space, working closely with other teams on our thought leadership activity, influencing and driving our mission for children
  • Work collaboratively and effectively within the organisation, developing positive relationships and taking an agile and solution focussed approach when working across divisions and within the wider Partnerships & Philanthropy department
  • Work with the CEO’s office, trustees, and senior volunteers, to seek new opportunities and to deliver stewardship at the highest level
  • Demonstrate excellent behaviours to drive external engagement, meeting both restricted and unrestricted annual income targets, raising significant funds for children.

Essential Skills:


  • Extensive experience of working within major donor fundraising, preferably within an international context
  • Experience of developing, networking and enhancing philanthropic relationships at £1m+ giving levels
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering high level stewardship
  • Ability to collaborate and work across teams on complex programmes and donor relationships, building both strong internal and external networks
  • Excellent written skills, including development of compelling communications for donors
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and manage a varied and demanding workload to meet deadlines


  • Excellent inter-personal, influencing and relationship building skills
  • Excellent communication skills, especially with high value supporters
  • Understanding of and commitment to Save the Children’s values and work

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds.


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Refreshed on: 29 May 2021
Closing date: 13 June 2021
Job ref: 5397
Tags: Fundraising, Management
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