MAIN PURPOSE OF POST
The Fundraising Officer is responsible for nurturing relationships with existing and perspective donors, specifically to increase unrestricted donations, including but not limited to: regular givers, community fundraisers, and community groups. In addition to this, the Fundraising Officer will need to be able to support the rest of the Fundraising team as required. The post holder will oversee a programme of community events and runs to maximise this funding stream for the organisation, taking responsibility for sustaining and developing existing partnerships as well as forging new ones with prospective donors. The post holder will ensure that the activities for which funds are sought are impactful, and measurable. The post holder may also be required to support with and attend fundraising events with the purpose of relationship building, nurture and networking.
The post holder will develop and maintain both internal and external contacts and will need to develop a thorough understanding of Women’s Aid’s work, business plans and strategic priorities.
DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
- To be responsible for making recommendations for the Community fundraising budget and how this should be spent throughout the year.
- To support with the implementation of a stewardship programme for unrestricted donations, with the view to increase our regular givers.
- To be responsible for a portfolio of running events that Women’s Aid has purchased places in.
- To assist with the development and production of a range of fundraising stewardship materials including: posters, our online fundraising newsletter, and annual thank you to donors.
- To work closely with key internal stakeholders both to understand and be able to package up their work into clear compelling asks for all stewardship documents.
- To assist, when required, with the content and production of all Women’s Aid fundraising appeals, including: our winter appeal, International Women’s Day appeals and activities and any others throughout the year.
- Assist with the organisation of fundraising events as required.
- Assist with maximising all fundraising opportunities with fundraising groups including: but not limited Schools, Universities and religious organisations.
- To assist with managing the portfolios of legacy and in memory donations as required.
- Take responsibility for ensuring that full records of all contacts are maintained on the fundraising database.
- Co-manage all online giving programmes including Just Giving and Give Penny etc.
2. Individual donors and community fundraising
2.1. To assist with developing and implementing a programme for donor recruitment, retention and uplift programmes.
2.2. To be responsible for your own Women’s Aid portfolio of events. Including filling all places, and supporting runner’s right up until race day and beyond.
2.3 To support community fundraisers raising money for Women’s Aid. Giving them tailored support for their event and cultivating them to become a long-term supporter of Women’s Aid.
2.4 To support with providing tailored support for all community group fundraisers including but not restricted to religious organisations, schools and universities etc.
2.5 Co-manage the community fundraising budget to ensure that we have appropriate materials to support fundraisers.
3.1. Assist with the implementation of a stewardship programme for all one off/regular and community fundraisers.
3.2 Actively work to reduce our attrition rate by ensuring regular contact is maintained with donors.
4. Information Management, monitoring and evaluation
4.1 The post holder will ensure appropriate means of monitoring and evaluation are established in order to feed into the fundraising team’s KPI’s.
4.2 Use the fundraising database to analyse the success rates to support the fundraising strategy.
4.3 Keep-up-to-date with new fundraising opportunities.
4.4 Take responsibility for ensuring that full records of all contacts are maintained on the database.
5.1 To co-manage the community fundraising budget, including purchasing places for events.
5.2 To assist with all stewardship mailing budgets including costs for: design, printing etc.
5.3 To ensure that all donations are quickly and correctly processed and acknowledged and that reports are available in the appropriate format.
5.4 To contribute to the teams KPI’s and update all appropriate reports/documentation.
6. Contact and liaison
6.1 Develop and manage relationships with fundraisers, encouraging them to become long term supporters of Women’s Aid.
6.2 Work closely with key internal stakeholders both to understand and be able to package up their work into clear compelling asks for all stewardship documents.
6.3 To manage the relationship with external suppliers, including seeking quotes for printing of our publication materials, liaising around print deadlines etc.
PERSON SPECIFICATION: Fundraising Officer
- Experience of using a fundraising database.
- Proven experience of having met/exceeded financial or otherwise targets in previous roles.
- Experience of working in a fundraising role or sales/customer facing role.
- Proven experience of providing high quality written material.
- Experience of building and maintaining strong relationships.
- Experience of working within a team and individually to achieve success.
- Experience of developing and implementing a stewardship programme for donors.
- Proven experience of writing successful fundraising appeals.
- Experience of managing a portfolio of fundraising events for community fundraising.
- Experience of managing Legacy and In Memory donations.
SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Excellent computer skills and experience using a wide range of computer packages, including Microsoft packages.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to liaise with people at all levels, on the telephone, face to face and in writing.
- Ability to carry out thorough research to keep-up-to date with new fundraising opportunities.
- Demonstrable initiative and determination.
- Excellent attention to detail and accurate record keeping.
- Ability to prioritise tasks and manage a busy workload.
- Experience of maintaining and reporting against budgets and feeding into the teams KPI’s.
- Knowledge and understanding of Feminism.
- Understanding of domestic abuse and the issues relating including the impacts on women and children.
- Understanding of the role of Women’s Aid.
- A-C GCSE grade English and Maths or equivalent
- Able to demonstrate a commitment and sensitivity of the aims and objectives of Women’s Aid;
- Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice and equal opportunities;
- Willingness to travel and work occasional unsocial hours as required.