London, Greater London
Job description


Kaleidoscope Trust is a small but prominent charity, working skilfully and vigorously for the human rights of LGBT+ people internationally. We are looking for two new individuals with relevant experience and commitment to join our Fundraising and Communications Committee and to help us to successfully navigate the unique fundraising challenges presented by COVID-19.


Founded in 2011, Kaleidoscope Trust works to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people in countries around the world where they are discriminated against or marginalised due to their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. We work with British and international institutions and partners to fund and support the work of LGBT+ activists to bring about positive legislative, policy and social change for LGBT+ people everywhere.

Kaleidoscope Trust, supported by the Australian and British Governments, is the secretariat and organiser of The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN). TCEN is formally accredited to the Commonwealth and has over 50 members from leading LGBT+ organisations, campaigning for LGBT+ rights in more than 40 Commonwealth countries. Building on achievements at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) in Malta (2015) and London (2018), Kaleidoscope Trust, with its TCEN partners, was - up until the COVID-19 outbreak - developing and implementing a strategic action plan for CHOGM 2020 in Rwanda. With the meeting likely to be postponed to 2021, we now focus our efforts on developing a programme of work that TCEN can deliver to support the lives of LGBT+ organisations and individuals in a post COVID-19 era.

The role:

The role of the Fundraising and Communications Committee is crucial now, more than ever. Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we face new pressures on income and the need to drive down costs and to increase and diversify our funding streams as well as continuing to raise our public profile.

The Fundraising and Communications committee comprises seven people, the role is unpaid and is for a term of three years, renewable for a further three. Committee meetings take place every two months (typically in-person in Central London, but currently they are via Zoom). There is plenty of scope for greater involvement than this minimum.

Qualities and skills we need:

We are looking for committee members who will contribute their creativity, enthusiasm, expertise and time to supporting the dedicated but small charity with ideas and access to fundraising streams, and helping us raise Kaleidoscope Trust’s public profile and to widen the charity’s appeal and donor support base.

We are particularly interested in speaking to innovative and entrepreneurial individuals who may have the following expertise:

       Communications strategy and brand proficiency.

       Current knowledge of institutional donors (government and inter-governmental organisations, private foundations or other grant-giving NGOs).

       Facilitation and organisation of large-scale fundraising events i.e. Gala Pledge Dinners and Auctions.

       Use of varied digital marketing techniques and channels for online fundraising initiatives.

       Corporate partnership acquisition and management.

       Social media management and metrics for measuring marketing performance.

       An understanding of the challenges facing small UK charities in maximising income streams and raising its public profile in challenging times.

Kaleidoscope Trust is committed to equality and diversity and we particularly encourage applications from women, all sections of the LGBT+ community and Black and minority ethnic communities.

Please note:

-       All committee members at Kaleidoscope Trust serve in a voluntary capacity.

-       Reasonable expenses will be paid.

-       Commitment will include evening meetings over Zoom during the pandemic, or in Central London once deemed safe to do so.


Closing date: 31 July 2020 23:29 BST

Interviews: via Zoom on week commencing 17th August

Start date: ASAP


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Kaleidoscope Trust

Established in 2011, Kaleidoscope Trust works to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (... Read more

Posted on: 10 July 2020
Closed date: 01 August 2020
Job ref: F&CC Member
Tags: Communications, PR, Fundraising

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