Fundraising Manager - Open to flexible working

Islington, London (Greater)
£32,00 - £37,000
24 Mar 2017
24 Apr 2017
Contract Type

Fundraising Manager - Open to flexible working

Start date: Immediate

Location: Angel, Islington

Reporting to: Fundraising and Communications Lead

Overview of ThinkForward

ThinkForward is a breakthrough coaching programme that ensures young people who are disengaged from or underperforming at school receive the support they need to transition into sustained employment. Young people are identified for the programme at age 13 based on risk factors known to increase their chances of future unemployment. They are then given one-to-one support from a Progression Coach who builds a trusted and long-term relationship over five years, helping them to overcome challenges in and out of school and linking them to ready for work activities provided by a community of businesses. By the end of the programme young people develop the aspirations, skills and mind-sets needed to thrive and sustain employment.

Overview of role

The Fundraising Manager will work in a new role as part of ThinkForward’s growing Fundraising and Communications team. The purpose of the role is to build and manage the delivery of a portfolio of ThinkForward’s existing partnerships and to win new business against an individual target. Working closely with the rest of the team the role will also play a key part in building ThinkForward’s new fundraising campaign.

The Fundraising Manager will have an impressive track record in building new partnerships and securing funding from corporates, statutory sources and trusts and foundations. They will embrace challenge and be excited by the prospect of being able to work in a small yet dynamic team, with the chance to shape ThinkForward’s future fundraising and profile.

Core responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Fundraising and Communications Lead and the rest of the fundraising team to plan, build and deliver a three year fundraising campaign to support ThinkForward’s work in London, Kent and Nottingham.
  • Manage the stewardship of a portfolio of current funding partnerships (all exceeding £25k per year). Ensure the funding, awareness and volunteering value of each partnership is realised and where appropriate, secure renewals and scale-up existing partnerships.
  • Manage the development of cultivation and solicitation plans for a portfolio of new corporate prospects from ThinkForward’s funding pipeline to raise £300,000 in 2017. Some of these prospects are already being cultivated.
  • Work closely with ThinkForward’s Development Committee, Board of Trustees and Advisory Board to identify prospects for ThinkForward’s pipeline.
  • Ensure the needs of donors are balanced with the needs of the organisation by working closely with the Ready for Work team (volunteering) and other delivery staff.
  • Write high quality funding applications, donor communications, project reports, briefing documents and donor updates to support excellent stewardship.
  • Work closely with the Performance and Impact Manager to collect relevant data and delivery information for donor reports.
  • Support the delivery of fundraising and donor engagement events, in particular ThinkForward in Action visits at schools and annual thank you event.
  • Work closely with the team to come up with new and engaging cultivation and stewardship opportunities for prospective and existing donors.
  • Financial management including developing and managing budgets and forecasting.
  • Support the implementation of effective fundraising processes and systems, including ThinkForward’s new customer relations management CiviCRM.
  • Network to stay ahead of the latest trends and developments in CSR and major donor giving.

To apply

To apply please send a CV and covering letter, via the below method.