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Job title: Fundraising Manager

Starting salary: £38,000 - £40,000 depending on experience

Contract length: Full Time, permanent contract

Location: Sight Research UK, Redwood House, Brotherswood Court, Almondsbury Business Park, Bristol, BS32 4QW

Reporting to: Chief Executive

Line reports: n/a

Liaison with: Marketing and Communications Manager, Research Grants Manager, Charity Administrator, Trustees, Vice-Presidents, Ambassadors, Prospective and current donors, including contacts at Trusts and Foundations and corporates and Sight Research UK-funded researchers.

Purpose of the job

This role will oversee the organisation’s fundraising activity, building on good foundations and with a number of new activities in the pipeline to take our fundraising into the next phase. This role will be responsible for continuing the development and growth of a sustainable income generation pipeline from charitable Trusts and Foundations as well as other income streams, in order to meet the... organisation’s grant making objectives. Income generation is a top priority for the Charity, ensuring we can fund as much sight-saving research as possible. The post holder will have a strong background in Trust and Foundation fundraising, but also bring experience in building new income streams and knowledge of various types of individual giving, as well as some prospect research expertise to help the organisation grow its network of potential supporters.

Main duties and responsibilities

Trusts and Foundations Fundraising
• Review the organisation’s current Trust funders pipeline and assess potential for future growth. Monitor and refine the prospect ratings and rankings for Trusts and Foundations to ensure that they are fit for purpose.
• Ensure that all available information on current, lapsed, and potential funders is up to date on the organisation’s CRM database (Donorfy) to facilitate tailored funder relationship development and compliance with funder requirements.
• Ensure that all fundraising activities with trusts and foundations, including plans for future approaches, are recorded appropriately and are always kept up to date to enable accurate financial and activity reporting.
• Lead on managing and growing the portfolio of prospective charitable trusts and foundations funders matching prospective funders to charity programmes/projects.
• Create bespoke, high quality, high value applications for funders which demonstrate a clear understanding of their requirements and the impact of our work.
• Produce timely and compelling funding reports to existing funders.
• Ensure outstanding customer service and record-keeping for all trust funders.
• Support fundraising for bespoke campaigns through trusts applications.
• Establish a framework for evaluating and continually improving the success of trusts and statutory fundraising.

Corporate Fundraising

Wok with the CEO to develop and manage relationships with existing corporate partners and identify potential new corporate supporters.

Individual Giving
• Be responsible for shaping and delivering the end-to-end experience of existing supporters as well as attaining new supporters.
• Co-ordinate all communications and messaging targeted at existing supporters.
• With the support of the Marketing and Communications Manager, deliver on a positive donor/supporter experience with the aim of retention of current supporters for the long term as well as acquisition of new donors.
• Grow one-off donations and regular gifts and maximise the acquisition of new supporters through direct mail and digital marketing with the help of the Marketing and Communications Manager.
• Measure performance against campaigns and appeals.
• Lead on other forms of individual giving income streams such as the lottery and challenge events, as well as horizon scanning for new opportunities.
• Work with our fundraising platform Raisley to deliver the integration work with our CRM to enable seamless gift administration for both one-off and regular gifts.
• Build the foundations of a Major Donor giving programme and grow this income stream over time to support the charity’s objectives.
• Contribute to the organisational strategy for nurturing relationships with prospective major donors or other key influencers and to the strategy for stewarding the ongoing relationships with major gift donors.

Prospect Research Management
• Identify potential donors to the organisation including companies, charitable trusts and individuals and conduct further research and analysis on potential and existing donors to the organisation, facilitating the solicitation of major gifts by providing timely and accurate information about prospective donors or influential ambassadors.
• Help to provide the CEO with a constantly refreshed pool of prospective donors, including corporates and major donors.
• Ensure that all contacts, approaches and other interactions with prospective and current donors are recorded on the organisation’s CRM database in order to enable monitoring of the organisation’s income generation pipeline.
• Review and refine capacity ratings so that they correctly identify the giving potential of prospective and current donors (trusts, corporates, and major donors).

Due Diligence
• Undertake due diligence on prospective major donors and corporate partners in line with the organisation’s Ethical Fundraising Policy.
• Keep up to date with the law relating to data acquisition, management, storage and transmission and share information with colleagues (GDPR).
• In collaboration with the data protection lead, ensure that all fundraising materials and mailings abide by the principles of fundraising best practice and are GDPR compliant.
• Establish and maintain a prospect research protocol to ensure that the acquisition, storage and use of research data complies with the provisions of GDPR.

• As part of ongoing annual operational planning, monitor income and expenditure and support the creation of the organisational budget.
• Support the CEO with regular reporting on income against targets and support creation of reports to the Board of Trustees on a quarterly basis.
• Support the CEO with the quarterly creation and reconciliation of management accounts through accurate knowledge of gift allocation.
• Regularly review campaign deliverables against targets to ensure progress is on track or adjustments are put in place to mitigate shortfalls.
• The postholder may also be expected to carry out other duties, which may be reasonably requested. As such, the job may involve occasional evening and weekend work, for which time off in lieu can be claimed. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
• 30 days plus public holidays
• Flexible working considered.
• Up to 5% employer’s contribution to the charity’s auto enrolment pension scheme (NEST).
• This position has a 6 months’ probation period.


Closing date: 23:59 Sunday 9th June 2024.

Invitations to interview: Wednesday 12th June 2024.

Interviews: Week Commencing 17th June 2024

For informal inquiries about the role, please contact Charlotte Parkin on 0117 3257757 or by email at charlotte.parkin@sightresearchuk.org. If you would like to apply for this role, please send your CV and a covering letter by email to hello@sightresearchuk.org .

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