Major Donor and Trusts Manager

Closing date: 18th August 2022

Salary: £40,000 p.a.

Response email: [email protected]

Make-A-Wish UK is looking for a proactive and relationship driven Major Donor and Trusts Manager to develop our major donor and trusts programme. You'll develop these two income streams focusing on utilising excellent stewardship and effective use of research and insight to increase sustainable philanthropic support for Make-A-Wish. This is an exciting role, great for somebody who wants to develop their career in high value fundraising in a successful and growing Philanthropy team with the opportunity to have a real impact.

As our new Major Donor and Trusts Manager, you'll play a vital role in a growing Philanthropy team. You'll take the lead on developing and delivering a major donor and trusts strategy based in excellent stewardship and effective use of research and insight to increase sustainable philanthropic support for Make-A-Wish. You'll have your own portfolio of supporters and empower our Major Donor Officer and Trusts Officer to succeed with their own portfolios and areas of delivery for the strategy.

To be successful in this role, you'll need: 

  • Experience developing and delivering a major donor and trusts strategy
  • Brilliant relationship management skills, with experience managing positive existing and new relationships with supports  
  • Experience managing a pipeline of major donors and trusts
  • Line management experience
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to prioritise tasks and excellent administration skills; 
  • Strong communication, both written and oral  
  • Experience with CRM databases such as Salesforce

Right now, over 60,000* children in the UK are eligible for a wish because they have a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, a diagnosis that changes their lives and the lives of their families forever.

The power of a wish revives a childhood stolen by critical illness. It brings light and joy to children and their loved ones, with a profound and lasting impact on all their lives.

However, granting wishes takes volunteers, community support, skills and donations to help children feel like children again. So, we’re looking for people like you to work alongside us as we strive to be the light for every child and young person who needs us.

Make-A-Wish is an inspiring place to work as we’re immersed in the magical world of children’s imaginations! You'll be joining us at an exciting time as we launch our ambitious new strategy which will, ultimately, enable us to reach more children and young people with a wish.

We're a flexible organisation that promotes agile working and had the technology in place for employees to work from home before the pandemic. We also work out of accessible, bright, airy offices directly opposite Reading train and bus stations.

*The report “Estimating Current and Future Prevalence of Children and Young People who would be eligible for the Make-A-Wish Foundation” was published in November 2020 with research by Deborah Gibson-Smith, Stuart Jarvis & Lorna Fraser from the Department of Health Sciences, University of York & by Paul Norman from the School of Geography, University of Leeds.

The organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A DBS check will be requested where required. Employment is subject to positive references and proof of the right to work in the UK.

Make-A-Wish is also committed to attracting and recruiting diverse people as it is vital that we strive towards ensuring that our trustees, employees, ambassadors, and volunteers reflect the communities we seek to serve.

Home Based/Reading and London 3 days per month.

Full time, permanent contract.

To apply:

Please read the full job description before applying. Please complete the job application below and send to [email protected].

Please note that applications without the completed form will not be considered.

Closing date: Thursday 18th August 2022 
1st round interviews:
 Tuesday 23rd August 2022
2nd round interviews:
 w/c 29th August 2022

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