Trusts Fundraiser (Maternity Cover)

Closing date: 10 December 2020
Christian Fundraising Trusts
  • Salary £23,000 - £28,000 per year
  • Location Home-based,Buckinghamshire,Oxford, Oxfordshire
  • Job Type Contract, Full-time
  • Sectors Faith-based
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Aims of the role

As the Trusts Fundraiser, you will raise income from a variety of sources for the many projects that Wycliffe supports around the world.

 You will be someone who is proactive and organised, with excellent writing skills and works well with others to ensure that applications, cases for support and reports are inspiring, accurate and excellent.

Key tasks

Achieve income targets through building excellent relationships with existing funders, and by growing a pipeline of potential new funders

  • Actively maintain and grow a portfolio of funders and deliver a robust trust fundraising programme to achieve agreed income targets
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key contacts to facilitate successful applications; deliver effective stewardship and reporting that inspires
  • Take the lead in developing high quality grant applications, working directly with the International Partnerships (IP) team ensure successful delivery from development to completion
  • Through research you will identify potential funders that connect with Wycliffe’s vision and values, establish the most appropriate way to engage with them, and prioritise new opportunities for funding

Writing compelling cases for support and reports

  • Develop appropriate and compelling cases for support that underpin successful trust, major donor and church fundraising, working closely with colleagues in other departments to ensure compatibility of objectives
  • Maintain a strong link with the IP team to improve quality of information from projects, adapting their reports into six-monthly updates adaptable for trusts, major donors and churches, and gather additional impact stories when required
  • Active monitoring of the financial needs of each project and of progress towards agreed outcomes

To undertake other duties, projects and responsibilities

  • Ensure all data on trusts and grants are kept up to date on the Salesforce database and managed in compliance with GDPR and internal policies
  • Build and sustain strong relationships with key internal stakeholders and colleagues across the organisation, and work closely with colleagues in the Supporter Relations Team to deliver an integrated programme of fundraising activity
  • Be constantly learning and growing, keeping up with fundraising trends and taking responsibility for your personal development
  • Comfortable participating and occasionally leading daily office prayer meetings
  • Carry out other duties as required

Person specification

Skills and experience


  • Track record in fundraising, ideally trusts fundraising
  • Outstanding written communication skills, with proven ability to write high quality proposals, detailed budgets and reports
  • Skilled at building and managing relationships, including the ability to influence and persuade a wide range of individuals, both internally and externally
  • Proven ability to work cross organisationally, which in this role would be used to develop projects and create compelling cases for support
  • High degree of personal organisation and self-management, with the ability to prioritise, multitask and work to deadlines
  • Numerate and IT literate, proficient in the use of Microsoft Office or equivalent packages
  • Attention to detail
  • Appetite for learning combined with a humble, teachable spirit
  • Ability to travel and to attend evening meetings, conferences as appropriate to the needs of the job


  • Experience researching, collating, preparing and submitting multiple funding applications to charitable trusts and foundations
  • Experience of developing and maintaining key relationships with trusts and foundations over a sustained period, and a thorough understanding of how charitable trusts and foundations operate

Personal qualities

  • Fully committed to upholding Wycliffe’s aims and values, and to cross-cultural mission
  • Able to get on with others as part of a team
  • Able to maintain a cheerful, positive and helpful attitude, and to encourage and motivate others, even when under pressure
  • Ability to take appropriate initiative
  • Trustworthy and honest