The Change Foundation is a multi-award winning, cutting-edge sport for development charity that changes the lives of vulnerable young people using sport and dance. We were formed out of the Brixton Riots in 1981 and this year is our 40th Anniversary, which we are celebrating with a wide range of exciting, new projects.
Much of our work is in London and we also run programmes in Bristol, Birmingham and Newcastle and regularly work overseas, helping other charities and NGOs develop their own sport for social change programmes. In the year ahead we will be running programmes in Bangladesh, South Africa, the Gambia and Italy. We currently run fourteen innovative programmes in the UK, including Street Elite, London Futures, Netball4Change and Girls Win, all of which you can learn more about from our website. Street Elite is an award-winning training for work programme, which recruits young people aged 18-25 affected by gangs and crime and supports them into work, training or education. The programme is carefully evaluated and highly effective with 80% of the participants progressing into work, training or education by the end of the programme. On each of our programmes our Coach Mentors use their own lived experience to build trusting relationships with the young people, empowering them to make positive change in their lives.
The charity is known for its pioneering and daring approach and for its ‘innovate and share’ philosophy, which is supported by our own internal Innovation Fund, which any member of staff or any of our young people can apply to for funding to test a new idea. This year we are launching a number of new pilot projects testing a range of sports, including NFL flag football, golf and fencing, which will all be used to tackle a variety of different issues that affect our young people in London, across the UK and around the world.
About the role:
- It is permanent.
- It can be from two to five days per week, with job share considered.
- The specific days worked are flexible.
- This could be a home-based role, an office-based role or a combination of the two.
The Trusts and Foundations Manager leads the planning, research, monitoring and creation of the charity’s grant applications and you will be supported by a Trusts and Foundations Team drawn from across the charity, including strong support from the Chief Executive. The Trusts and Foundations team meets weekly online and plans to again meet monthly in person once conditions allow.
The Change Foundation has an annual turnover of just over £1 million and 60% of our income comes from trusts and foundations, so we have a good track record of success and you will be building on a very solid base. The charity owns its own sports ground in the London Borough of Sutton in south London and we use this as both a base for running some of our projects and as our HQ.
You will need to have that blend of art and science that makes a great grant application, with excellent writing skills and a highly developed attention to detail in your work. You will be supported to gain an in-depth understanding of the work of The Change Foundation so that you can successfully research and identify potential funders. Then communicate our impact in a captivating way, using a wide range of impact data and through working closely with our programme delivery team and our Head of Programmes.
The successful candidate will have:
- Demonstrable experience of raising a minimum of £100,000 per year in grants from charitable trusts and other funders.
- The ability to understand how the charity operates and tailor grant applications to describe our work and our impact powerfully.
- Excellent writing skills, with the ability to produce accurate work quickly to a high standard.
- Previous experience within a busy and fast-moving charity with competing deadlines.
- Good communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships within the organisation and with our wide range of funders.
- Experience of providing excellent stewardship to funders.
- Good IT skills.
In return we offer you an excellent range of benefits, including:
- Excellent learning and development opportunities, which are tailored to your needs.
- A contributory pension scheme with employer an employer contribution of 6% of your salary.
- Life assurance.
- Employee assistance programme.
- Participation in twice yearly Team away days, which are often abroad.
This post reports into the Charity’s CEO and co-founder, Andy Sellins.
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