Do you have proven experience of building relationships with, and fundraising from, Trusts, Foundations, Lottery or similar bodies? Then join Shelter as a Fundraising Executive - Trusts and Foundations and you could soon be playing a key role in raising vital funds to support our work which is needed more than ever.
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.
At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.
We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.
About the team
Trusts and Foundations is part of a High Value Partnerships team that sits within our Income Generation Directorate that raises around £40m a year to support Shelter’s work. We are currently a team of nine: eight fundraisers – two in Scotland, one in Bristol and the rest in London, plus a Grant Manager. In this varied role you will be supported by an experienced fundraising team and engaged senior managers from our frontline services and campaigning and policy teams. It offers a great opportunity to take the next step in your fundraising career, while making a significant impact for the leading housing and homelessness organisation in the UK.
About the Role
Building and managing relationships with a varied portfolio of trusts and foundations to secure gifts of up to £30k is the challenge here. That will include warm, lapsed and new trusts with a variety of funding interests, relationship management needs and application requirements. Accordingly, you’ll need to research, correspond, contact and meet with funders to build relationships ahead of submitting applications. And, for restricted applications, you’ll work with colleagues across Shelter to ensure each application meets our strategic objectives. Ensuring gifts from your portfolio are acknowledged in a timely manner will be important too, as will maintaining a positive relationship with funders between applications. Managing regular mailings, sharing knowledge and supporting cross-team projects – all are aspects of this vital income-generating role.
We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.
You’re a passionate fundraiser with a proven track record of working with Trusts, Foundations, Lottery or similar bodies, and you have a thorough understanding of their needs utilising a range of techniques e.g. face-to-face, telephone, in writing etc. Excellent written communications skills are key, as is experience of creating clear, concise, and compelling applications and reports for funders. Confident in your ability to develop meaningful relationships with funders, including meeting them face-to-face to discuss funding opportunities, you're great at managing internal stakeholders too. What’s more, you're proficient using Microsoft Office applications plus Raiser’s Edge or a similar database.
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.
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