Fundraising Manager – Trusts and Foundations


Hackney, London
£30,000 pa

Paid • Either • Fixed Term Contract (0) 20 3051 8633 Claire Woodhill

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Monday, 11 December 2017

Fundraising Manager – Trusts and Foundations

Salary: £30,000 pro rata
Days: 4 or 5 days per week, to be negotiated with successful candidate

Duration: Initially a 1 year contract with possibility of renewal/ permanent role, dependent on funding

About Feedback

Feedback is an environmental organisation that campaigns to regenerate nature by ending food waste and moving towards a better use of food, resources and nutrients within the food system. We work with governments, international institutions, businesses, NGOs, grassroots organisations and the public to change culture, markets and legislation for a fairer, more sustainable food system.

More information can be found on our website

We are a friendly team, priding ourselves on maintaining a positive and values-led organisation. We aim to provide a flexible working environment with a good work/life balance and we welcome interest from candidates who are returning work after maternity leave or career breaks.

Feedback applies its Equal Opportunities Policy at all stages of recruitment and selection. Shortlisting, interviewing and selection is carried out without regard to gender, sexual orientation, marital and family status, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, age or trade union membership.

About the Role

Working closely with the Executive Director, as well as with other members of the senior team, the Fundraising Manager will research and write compelling applications to trusts and foundations. As such, the postholder will be expected to proactively keep informed about developments in the food and environmental sectors. The postholder will also lead on reporting to these funders and maintain and develop these relationships. The postholder will work to engage institutional supporters, create connections and develop the organisation’s networks with such funders. The postholder will identify new trusts and foundations, and build and maintain a robust pipeline of income generation opportunities.

The postholder will also be expected to contribute to other fundraising projects including digital fundraising development, events, direct marketing and major donor fundraising, led by other team members.

This will be a varied role within a fast paced environment, therefore flexibility and a positive, can-do attitude and a readiness to get stuck in to all aspects of the organisation are essential competencies of the successful candidate. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the role is integral to the success of the organisation, and presents a real opportunity to help shape its future direction.

The role is based in Hackney, but we offer very flexible working arrangements, with the possibility of working from home some days, or working shorter working days to accommodate family commitments.

Key Responsibilities

  • Research and manage a pipeline of trusts and foundations that offer unrestricted and programmatic funding.
  • Manage relationships with trusts and other grant-making bodies.
  • Manage the monthly fundraising meeting with the senior team.
  • Write applications to these funders, bringing together information and expertise from colleagues as necessary.
  • Lead and manage the process of reporting to existing funders, bringing together input from colleagues as necessary.
  • Research grant fundraising prospects.
  • Attend public facing events organised by Feedback or others when necessary.
  • Contribute to the overall business development of the fundraising function, including the development of new income streams.
  • Work with staff across Feedback to produce compelling and successful fundraising bids.
  • Identify new opportunities for unrestricted and project funding from a range of sources, including trusts and charitable foundations; European, national and local government; individual supporters; commercial opportunities. 
  • Maintain detailed records of funding opportunities and grants in the CRM
  • Contribute on an ad hoc basis to any other reasonable activity as requested by senior staff

Person Specification


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent professional experience
  • Trust fundraising experience or equivalent transferable experience from another sector (eg client account management, project management)
  • Outstanding writing skills and good attention to detail
  • Experience of research in an appropriate context. This could be either in an academic or business setting but must demonstrate the ability to read, collate and summarise large amounts of information quickly and accurately.
  • A willingness to be ‘hands-on’ and flexible and displaying an ability to deliver against tight timescales when necessary
  • Planning and organisational ability
  • Team player who can work effectively with diverse groups as well as a self-starter who can work independently when necessary
  • A commitment to the objectives and core values of Feedback


  • Experience working in a start-up/small charity
  • Understanding and experience of the environment/food sector
  • Experience of working on trusts and grants fundraising
  • Experience of working on digital fundraising, direct marketing or other areas of fundraising

How to Apply

Please submit, in Word format, a CV and cover letter (no longer than 1 side of A4) to explaining how you meet the person specification and why you would like to work at Feedback.

While we will let you know the outcome of your application, unfortunately, due to the high level of applications we receive we regret that we will not be able to provide any feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

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