Philanthropy Manager

£40,000-£42,000 - dependent on experience and number of days in Home based, flexible location (UK) within reasonable commuting distance/ability to travel to London at least twice a month and regularly for events.

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Philanthropy Manager

Closing date: 11th June 2024

Job Title  Philanthropy Manager 
Reporting to:  Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships  
Location  Home based, flexible location (UK), within reasonable commuting distance/ability to travel to London at least twice a month and regularly for events. 
Hours  4 or 5 days, with flexible working options available 
Salary  Up to £40,000-£42,000 (dependent on experience and number of days) 
Benefits  25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, employer pension contribution 
Duration  2 years, with view to extend to permanent 

About The Circle  

The Circle NGO is a unique and dynamic organisation which brings global feminists together to fight for the safety and equality of marginalised and vulnerable women around the world. 

Founded by singer-songwriter and activist, Annie Lennox, The Circle is a space for creative ideas, connections and the opportunity to make change. From small beginnings in 2008, we have grown into an independent network of women and allies from all walks of life who are bonded by the desire to live in a world where women and girls’ equal rights and equal opportunities. 

Our Vision 

A future where there is safety for all women and girls. 

Our Mission 

To economically empower and end violence against marginalised and vulnerable women across the world by building a network of Global Feminist changemakers who fund, advocate, and amplify. 

Job Purpose 

This is an exciting time to join The Circle. The organisation has big plans for growth over the next 5 years and is looking for an experienced and driven Philanthropy Manager who can join our small and growing team to help us reach ambitious fundraising targets and take the organisation to the next level. There is potential for a number of income streams to grow, particularly major donors, corporates, trusts & foundations, and an annual programme of special events.

You will understand how a growing organisation with different income streams works, you will be able to identify and develop relationships with new major donors, corporates and trusts & foundations, grow (or create) and deliver high quality fundraising events and utilise your experience and motivation to develop new ways of raising large scale funds.  

Existing funders include a mix of trusts and foundations, major donors and corporate partners (including L’Oréal Foundation and Universal Music). There is significant potential for the development of corporate and high value individual partnerships with sectors such as the music, tech and finance industry. 

We are a collaborative and dynamic team and we are looking for a colleague with energy, an entrepreneurial spirit and drive and the ability to build meaningful and profitable relationships with our partners, members and supporters to enable us to reach our ambitious fundraising plans. 

About the role: 

The Philanthropy Manager will support on the delivery of income and the fundraising strategy.  

  • You will work closely with the Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships, and the CEO to develop fundraising opportunities and drive income via major donors, corporates, trusts and foundations, special events and other initiatives.  
  • You will help identify and cultivate relationships with HNWIs, corporations and trusts and foundations with the goal of 5 and 6 figure gifts.  
  • You will help identify and cultivate relationships with new corporation partners, creating innovative ways to engage with different sectors. 
  • You will proactively identify and pursue new and different ways to raise income that is suitable to The Circle, our audience and our supporters. 
  • You will assist with identifying and applying to appropriate trusts and foundations, writing compelling and unique applications.  
  • You will Identify and successfully manage opportunities for special events and activities to steward existing donors and bring prospective donors into a solicitation phase for 5 and 6 figure gifts. 
  • You will support, and in some cases identify and create, new cases for support, especially for core funding and specific programme work. 

About you: 

  • You have demonstrable expertise in securing five-figure plus donations from major donors/corporate partners/trusts & foundations 
  • You have demonstrable expertise in designing and delivering high quality fundraising events 
  • You are an experienced relationship fundraiser and project manager, ideally with major donor/special events expertise and/or a corporate fundraising background. 
  • You have demonstrable experience and confidence in building relationships, working with high profile supporters and stewarding key donors. 
  • You are self-motivated, have entrepreneurial and creative approach with demonstrable ability to take the initiative and drive activity – The Circle is a small organisation, and the team all work remotely 
  • You are resilient and comfortable working towards ambitious targets 
  • You have a background/passion in international development and/or women’s rights 

How to apply: 

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please email your CV and a supporting statement outlining your interest in the charity and the role, and your relevant experience and skills, to [email protected], by 11 June 2024. 

Interviews to take place the week of 17th June.