Senior Fundraising Manager
The Link Visiting Scheme is in search of an experienced fundraiser to join our team and work closely with the CEO to development our service provision and ensure we raise our profile and standing with our stakeholders.
We are a charity whose mission is to confront the serious impact of loneliness among older people living in Wokingham Borough. We celebrate and honour older people in the community and offer a range of services and activities from 1:1 befriending, to a program of activities and one-off events. Our aim is to help establish new relationships and encourage older people to feel they can be an integral, important part of the community again - and have fun!
Our success has resulted in the charity growing rapidly from a small organisation into a "medium" sized charity and we are now looking for an experienced fundraising manager to help manage and sustain our continued success.
As an ideal candidate, you have a track record of successful fundraising campaigns. You're a motivated leader and a strong collaborator, who thrives on creating a climate of inclusion, trust, and productivity. Ultimately, will be responsible for ensuring that we are able to sustain our new era of growth at The Link Visiting Scheme.
Core Aspects of the Role
Working with the CEO and board of Trustees, implement our business and fundraising strategy to ensure long term sustainability
Work closely with the fundraising team to ensure all areas of the charity are adequately funded including submission of compelling grant applications and organisation of fundraising events
Make effective use of current resources to help execute our fundraising strategy through collaborative working with our staff team, volunteers and trustees to help where required.
Manage and develop new and existing relationships with a portfolio of individual donors capable of giving at a major/high level.
Network and approach companies to secure corporate engagement from the local business community and give compelling talks to groups.
Oversee and ensure we are operating to budget across all our projects and key performance indicators are embedded within the teams.
Manage Stakeholder relations which include managing and improving the quality of volunteer, client and stakeholder satisfaction through effective feedback, case studies and communications
Raise the profile of the organisation to ensure engagement with our stakeholders via Social Media, written publications and presentations
Manage external third-party contracts such as our IT provider and CRM system to ensure we have cost efficient plans and that their services meet our needs.
Manage, develop and motivate direct reports
Contribute to the overall health and success of the business
Skills and abilities
Self-motivated and able to work independently
Proven track record of raising funds from major gift sources
Excellent presentation and communication skills
Ability to write compelling and innovative funding proposals, applications and reports
Good financial management skills and experience of managing income and expenditure budgets, restricted funds and working to agreed targets
Ability to devise new fundraising approaches which can secure both capital and revenue funding
A thorough understanding of the principles of major gift fundraising and ability to develop and implement new activities
Organised, with excellent attention to detail, good administration skills
Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, diplomacy, persuasiveness and credibility
Self motivated and the ability to work both on own initiative and as part of a small team
The charity runs a highly tailored and personalised be-friending scheme which helps to improve the mental and physical health, well-being, and independence of older people. A network of volunteers visits isolated and lonely, older people ("Link Friends") in their own homes on a weekly basis - "Link-Ups". For many "Link Friends", a weekly visit from a Link volunteer is the highlight of their week.
More than 1,000 Link Friends have benefited over the years and there are currently over 350 active friendships, "Link Ups" in place. Lives have been given much more purpose and joy, enabling lonely and isolated older people to re-integrate into the community and build new, lasting friendships.