Fundraising Research and Bid Writer Volunteer
Do you have great research and communication skills? We have a fantastic new opportunity to volunteer with our Fundraising Manager to help maximise our fundraising opportunities and play a leading role in securing new income for our growing organisation.
You will work collaboratively with the team to identify new prospects to grow the development of the pipeline of Trusts and Foundations, Corporate Partnerships and Major Donors
What will you be doing?
At FASD Awareness you will be a key part of our fundraising team.
We have a strategy and lots of initiatives to increase our offering of support, education, training, research and information on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), but we are in urgent need of the funds to make them happen.
That’s why we are looking for a volunteer to take the lead in researching and writing fundraising bids.
As our Bid Researcher and Writer, you will:
· Identify sources of funding where we fit their criteria
· Advise us on a strategy for prioritising bids to maximise our chances of securing funding
· Develop a case for support
· Write appropriately tailored funding bids
· Track all funding applications
· Maintain and strengthen relationships with existing and potential funders
· Report on grant usage and impact
We would love to hear from you if researching and persuasive writing is what you really enjoy. Equally, if researching is your thing, but not the writing (or vice-versa) we'd still like to hear from you as it would be possible to split the role into the two separate components and have two people working alongside each other.
Volunteering with us is very flexible and as this role would be home based you can volunteer any hours which fit in with your schedule and you wouldn’t be restricted to office hours.
We will provide you with all of the information you will need about the charity to be able to identify prospects.
What are we looking for?
You may or may not have experience of charity fundraising, but you will be self-driven and enjoy working autonomously with the support of a small team of people, all as dedicated as you are. You will be communicating with the team through zoom and email whilst working remotely.
As our fundraising researcher you will need:
· Ability to search databases and internet to identify appropriate prospects
· Ability to understand and appeal to funders’ differing needs
· Creative and persuasive written and spoken communication skills
· Ability to organise your own work, track and report back regularly
· Determination to get the job done
· A sensitive thoughtful approach to FASD
· To be a reliable team player with a positive can-do or willing to learn attitude with a sense of humour and an ability to smile in the face of adversity
Previous experience in fundraising research or bid writing for trusts and foundations would be helpful. Or you may have marketing, strategy, content writing or storytelling expertise and be looking to learn a new skill for which we can provide the necessary training.
What difference will you make?
It wouldn't surprise us if you've not heard of FASD Awareness but we know first-hand the impact it has on those living with FASD and their parents and carers and the challenges they face even with getting accurate diagnosis, let alone support.
We know what we're good at and part of that is putting together a really strong team of individuals who are equally great at what they do. The right Researcher will enable us to focus on a future of awareness raising, better recognition, diagnosis and support of the effects of this condition.
This new role is a fabulous opportunity to work with a small but ambitious charity, developing and honing your skills around funding research and applications.
You could gain experience in the charity sector, new fundraising skills, a broader C.V, or simply the fulfilment that comes from using your life skills to help people.
All of the work can be done remotely, but we would appreciate regular updates and remote meetings as needed so we know you are getting the support you need.