Head of Philanthropy

WR Fundraising Recruitment is proud to be working with an inspirational, regional charity in recruiting for a newly created Head of Philanthropy position. The Head of Philanthropy will be a pivotal fundraising role for the ambitious 5 year strategy that includes significant growth and expansion and increase income from trusts, institutions and high net worth individuals.


This is a very exciting time for the charity with a new SMT, development / fundraising strategy and future plans to redevelop their facilities - therefore substantially increasing the services on offer.


As such, we’re looking for an experienced fundraising professional to manage trusts and major donor fundraising teams (with a budget to expand) while being personally responsible for a high value and diverse portfolio of fundraising partners, major donors and HNWI’s.


There will be the opportunity to spearhead a capital appeal that already has a very solid launching point (seven figures) and to


Duties to include:

  • Manage a high value and diverse portfolio of fundraising partners including some complex relationships including those with Big Lottery and Children in Need

  • Oversee the development, implementation and review of the restricted fundraising strategy and annual plans

  • Research, plan, develop and coordinate a major capital appeal, as and when needed

  • Responsibility for delivering income from a portfolio of HNWI donors, major value trusts and other grant-makers

  • Ensure a robust pipeline of trust and grants prospects are identified, researched and cultivated by team members

  • Research, identify and develop cultivation plans for relevant major value HNWI’s, trusts and other grant-makers.

  • Develop and manage relationships with a portfolio of major value trust and grant- makers to build their understanding of, and engagement with, the charity’s work

  • Ensure an appropriate mix of inspiring events and activities to support prospecting, engagement, stewardship and donor recognition is delivered.


This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced fundraising professional who relishes a challenge. You will have a proven track record in developing strategies, achieving KPI’s / Targets and managing key relationships with trusts and other grant giving bodies, HNWI and other major donors


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience of developing and implementing trust, foundation and major donor programmes.

  • A track record of meeting significant income targets for both restricted and unrestricted programmes

  • Successful track record of income generation from Trusts, Big Lottery Fund and other grant-makers and/or HNWIs

  • Proposal and report writing, researching and cultivating relationships with key prospects and stewarding relationships with major value supporters

  • Line managing staff and/or volunteers, preferably in a fundraising environment

  • Budget management and track record of achieving or exceeding net targets

  • Knowledge of Trust, grant and/or major donor fundraising, Fundraising laws and regulations and data protection compliance, Relevant Institute of Fundraising Codes of Practice


To register your interest and for further details, please email a copy of your up to date CV.


Due to the high number of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not heard from one of our representatives within 1 week of applying, then your application has been unsuccessful.

Job Location

Hertfordshire – With flexible working and home working available.


Very competitive salary on experience.

Excellent range of benefits which include flexible and home working


Full Time.



Closing Date


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