Fundraising Manager

Closed: 06 June 2022
Fundraising Corporate Individual Giving

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  • Salary £34,788 - £37,859 per year
  • Location Oxford, Oxfordshire (Hybrid)
  • Job Type Permanent, Full-time
  • Sectors Youth/Children
  • Job Reference : Fundraising Manager

We are looking for a compassionate and creative human, who is passionate about building effective and meaningful relationships which generate and grow income so that we can change more young people’s lives. We are looking for a fundraising manager who recognises the gifts of active listening, powerful storytelling, and connecting supporters with our cause. We are committed to young people’s voice and lived experience being at the heart of our fundraising work.

You will be responsible for developing and implementing our new fundraising strategy, which has donor love at the heart. You will also lead the work of talented fundraisers, who will help us connect with different audiences through uplifting communications, customised donor journeys and memorable events which produce great results.

Duties and responsibilities

Key responsibilities

  • To work in close collaboration with the Director of Innovation and Growth to implement Oxfordshire Youth’s fundraising strategy
  • To meet agreed income generation targets across corporate and community partnerships, grant writing and individual giving

Fundraising corporates

  • Building human-centred relationships with our six corporate partners, including Blenheim Palace, Radley College, Coventry Building Society, Andrews Property Group, The Wellbeing Generation, and VSL
  • To research and develop new values-driven relationships with local and national corporate organisations, businesses, schools and statutory partners
  • Develop innovative strategies to increase our visibility in the corporate space.
  • Research and apply for local charity of the year partnerships and account manage these partnerships
  • To lead on the delivery of our annual calendar of partnership-centered events, working with young people in our forums on planning and delivery. Events include our annual Blenheim fundraiser and the Oxford Half marathon

Trusts and grants

  • To work closely with the Fundraising coordinator, Director of Innovation and Growth and members of the Senior Leadership team on grant applications to trusts, and statutory bodies
  • To ensure regular and personalised contact with leads of larger foundations connected to OY, communicating our impact and the difference made as a result of their gift
  • To collaborate with the OY team to ensure that reporting to trusts and foundations is completed in a timely manner, ensuring that repeat gifts from trusts and statutory bodies are acknowledged through personalised thanks

Individual giving

  • Maintain and develop relationships with existing and new supporters of Oxfordshire Youth, maximising fundraising and increasing the number of long-term supporters
  • To collaborate with the Fundraising coordinator to rejuvenate Ambassador engagement with OY and to work with them to grow the individual giving and community events
  • Deliver new concepts to promote gifts in wills and in memory giving
  • Implement the donor care engagement plans to deepen relationships with patrons, influencers, partners, and high net-worth individuals
  • To co-ordinate working with the  Marketing and Communications Managers  in the creation of digital fundraising campaigns to engage monthly givers
  • To work with PR, Marketing and Communications Manager and Impact, Quality and Research Manager to create annual impact reports, the case for support and other communications that will support the engagement of supporters
  • Ensure quality donor engagement and celebration of partnerships via website, newsletter and social media platforms 


  • To attend team meetings and regular supervision with the line manager.
  • To ensure all DBS procedures are carried out in accordance with Oxfordshire Youth’s guidelines, policies and procedures.
  • To undergo training enabling personal and professional development.
  • To undertake other relevant duties related to the further development, promotion and sustainability of the charity.


  • Understanding that safeguarding children, young people and adults is everyone’s business and accessing training and supervision appropriate to the role.
  • To ensure concerns are responded to appropriately in line with the OY's Safeguarding Adults Policy and the Child Protection Policy and interagency safeguarding procedures.
  • To comply with recruitment and other checks as requested by the organisation including undertaking a DBS check.

This job description is subject to amendment following discussion with the post holder.

Person specification

Expertise and qualifications


  • Excellent track record and experience of achieving income targets in  fundraising manager role in the voluntary/charity sector (ideally 3 years minimum, or equivalent)
  • Excellent track record in securing  corporate partnerships  and major donor fundraising
  • Deep understanding of the tactics that help increase likelihood of a charity securing strategic partnerships
  • Experience of designing and delivering presentations and pitches to a varied audience
  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills; personable and with a flair for building strong relationships with high level decision makers
  • Experience in developing fundraising campaigns
  • Experience of managing CRM databases
  • Understanding of best practice and governance and financial management
  • Ability to be flexible and agile in response to internal and external organisational needs
  • A love of networking
  • Ability to manage a team and build effective relationships internally and externally


  • Prior experience of working in the youth work sector
  • Experience of Not For Profit fundraising
  • Working knowledge of the techniques used in realising authentic co-design principles within youth led services
  • Practical experience of coordinating Charity’s fundraising efforts
  • Monitoring and evaluating experience

Knowledge, skills and abilities


  • Strong planning and organisational skills
  • Prioritise effectively, working to deadlines and targets
  • Ability to work with colleagues from external agencies both voluntary and statutory
  • IT skills including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and CRM systems
  • A flexible approach to work, including a willingness to take on tasks outside the usual remit and to work irregular hours
  • The ability to solve problems and think creatively


  • Experience of developing and maintaining relationships with local media and press
  • Working Knowledge of GDPR
  • Proficiency in a range of online digital tools for project management such as Monday boards, Slack and others
  • Previous experience working in the not-for-profit sector

Personal qualities


  • An unwavering commitment to Oxfordshire Youth’s vision, mission and values
  • The ability to relate to and empathise with young people
  • Integrity and discretion when dealing with sensitive information
  • A commitment to treating people equally, being aware of unconscious bias and working proactively and openly to challenge it within your own and within others’ practice
  • Respecting differences and challenging prejudice and discrimination
  • A positive, enthusiastic and can-do approach that demonstrates the attributes of a growth mindset
  • Commitment to your own learning and development
  • Accountability for the quality of your work and responsibility for maintaining and improving your knowledge and skills

The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.