Fundraising and Partnerships Lead

Website Friends and Families of Special Children

Charity that supports families and children with a disability

MAIN PURPOSE OF ROLE: The role of the Partnerships lead has been developed to shape how the charity works in partnership with others to raise funds for Friends and Families. You will work alongside our CEO, marketing & communication lead and Board of Trustees you will lead the development of our fundraising strategy with a specific focus on building corporate partnerships, community engagement and individual giving.

You will be responsible for:

●      Developing and maintaining long-term and multifaceted partnerships with businesses & local community groups to maximise income, value and influence for Friends and Families
●      Engaging and inspiring individuals and groups to take part in community fundraising activities and events to raise funds and awareness for the charity.


●      Develop a fundraising strategy covering corporates, community and individual (CCI) giving
●      Actively contribute to annual planning and budgeting within the fundraising team for each new financial year
●      Accountable for the CCI annual fundraised income target, monitoring and evaluating results in order to grow the charity’s unrestricted income helping it to reduce its reliance on grant income
●      Provide excellent donor care for all fundraising activities, developing productive, lasting relationships with corporate supporters, converting them into loyal supporters
●      Identify and cultivate long-term strategic partnerships with a clear understanding of how to align our work with different businesses and their corporate social responsibilities
●      Work closely with the marketing and communications lead, sharing relevant fundraising and supporter case studies for media releases and social media coverage
●      Recruit, train and coordinate a team of volunteers who will help deliver key elements of the fundraising strategy as well as raise awareness of the charity
●      Prepare presentations, relevant cases for support and pitch the charity to a variety of audiences
●      Attend various networking events to meet and build relationships with a view to attracting corporate support and securing face to face meetings
●      Account manage existing corporate supporters, ensuring expectations are effectively managed from the outset via use of a fundraising agreement or contract, depending on the type of support
●      Promote Friends and Families events and challenges to corporate employees and audiences
●      Ensure that all fundraising is carried out in accordance with the Fundraising Regulator’s code of fundraising practice
●      Work closely with the marketing and communications lead to ensure that any corporate benefits agreed are acted upon in line with corporate sponsorships/ partnerships contracts / agreements
●      Ensure up to date records are held on the charity’s database and network folders in line with the GDPR and charity’s data protection policy
●      To proactively contribute to the achievement of the charity through individual and team effort


●      Commit to ongoing professional development to meet the evolving demands of the role
●      Represent Friends and Families of Special Children externally as and when required, always acting in a professional manner in accordance with the organisational values
●      Prepare reports on your activities as required by your line manager
●      Work in line with all the charity’s policies and procedures including data protection, safeguarding, health and safety, volunteer, finance, equality and diversity etc.


Utilising your skills and experience from the charity or commercial sector, you will develop and lead a small team of volunteers to secure and manage strategic partnerships with businesses as well as fundraising events with local communities.

Working alongside our CEO and marketing & communication lead you will work together in building real and lasting relationships across the city that will significantly contribute to ensure ongoing economic sustainability and the delivery of our mission.

As our ideal candidate, you will be self-motivated and driven, with the ability to evidence strong leadership. You will be a skilled relationship-builder and be creative in identifying new and building on existing partnerships. A track record of working successfully within a relationship management function in the not for profit or commercial sector is essential.


●      Minimum 5 GCSEs, A-C grade (or equivalent) in English and Maths
●      Successful track record in generating funds and a strong understanding of different fundraising streams
●      Good understanding of the interrelationship between fundraising, promotion, communication and marketing and the values of the charity
●      Excellent customer service skills
●      Ability to network and build relationships with corporates, community groups, individual supporters and beneficiaries, managing all relationships positively
●      Proven ability to work on multiple projects at one time
●      Ability to work independently using your own initiative, possess good self-management skills and highly self-motivated
●      Articulate and persuasive communicator (both verbal and written) and able to deliver high quality presentations and public speeches
●      Excellent organisational skills, attention to detail and able to work under pressure to deadlines and on a variety of tasks at any one time
●      Excellent IT Skills in all Microsoft Office programmes and experience in using a database
●      Knowledge and understanding of working with finances, budget setting and control
●      Professional approach and apply best practice to all tasks
●      Ability and willingness to work unsociable hours including weekends and evenings
●      Full, clean driving licence and access to a car (business-use insurance required)


●      A business studies or marketing qualification
●      An Institute of Fundraising certificate in fundraising
●      Member of the Institute of Fundraising
●      Experience of working in the voluntary sector
●      Experience in recruiting, training and coordinating volunteers

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