Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!
Objective: To support fundraising and communications within an impactful wildlife conservation charity, enabling the team to raise vital funds for grassroots projects led by Award winning conservationists across the Global South.
Reports to: Director
Place of work: Central London, with the option to work remotely up to 2 days/week
Contract: 12 month fixed-term contract (maternity support cover), with the possibility for extension. Working 5 days p/w.
Salary: £32,000 p.a.
Deadline: We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Please apply as soon as possible for consideration.
The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN)
WFN is a UK-registered charity (www.whitleyaward.org no. 1081455) offering funding (Awards), training and media profile to inspiring leaders of wildlife conservation projects across the Global South. We support pragmatic, sustainable and long-lasting work rooted in science and community involvement. The charity funds projects directly and we remain in regular contact with our winners. WFN also raises awareness of the serious problems facing wildlife, landscapes, climate and people through promoting the work of our winners. We focus support on nationals (leaders who were either born in the country where they work or have gained nationality) and aim to build the capacity of successful local NGOs and grassroots work. We fund mainly in Africa, Asia and Latin America where income is often hardest to raise and can have the biggest impact for people and biodiversity. Our funding is raised each year, mainly from family foundations and trusts, as well as from individuals, corporates and international NGOs, with a current annual income of £2m/year. WFN is governed by a committed trustee board. Our small team is dynamic, hard-working and strives to go above and beyond expectations. The charity benefits from high profile support from Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, Trustee Sir David Attenborough, and Ambassadors Kate Humble and Tom Heap. Next year, WFN will be marking its 30th anniversary, which provides a special opportunity to celebrate 30 years of supporting inspiring conservation leaders, and to look to the future. In line with our ambition to raise £3m/year by 2025, we are expanding our team to meet targets and increase the amount of support we can channel to our growing network of conservationists around the world as we seek to further raise their profile and foster south-south collaborations among WFN alumni.
Position of Fundraising Officer
This exciting new role at WFN combines fundraising, communications, and event organisation, offering the successful candidate the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the charity’s ability to raise vital funds for conservation. The Fundraising Officer (FO) will interface on a regular basis with our Head of Partnerships and report to the Director, to together enable the charity to raise a target of £2.3 million in 2023. The FO’s principal responsibilities will include drafting reports to existing donors on fund use and developing new proposals for funding, working with senior management to seek new donors, leading on the development of WFN’s NextGen network engaging young people with conservation, and on managing new and existing partnerships with like-minded organisations. This role will also support the Head of Communications with the running of WFN’s social media channels and maintenance of our Google Photos archive, and will play a key role in the delivery of fundraising events and the annual Whitley Awards Ceremony. We are looking for a strong writer, who can take updates from our winners in the field and turn these into engaging reports for our existing donors, persuasive fundraising proposals for prospective donors, and social media content for the public.
FUNDRAISING OFFICER – SKILLS REQUIRED
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