Head of Fundraising

London (Central), London (Greater)
c£50,000 FTE pro rata
08 Mar 2018
08 Apr 2018
Full Time
Contract Type


To design and implement a new three-year fundraising strategy to maximise income from existing supporters and identify and engage new supporters from across the synagogue community. This will involve:

Prospect research and network mapping

To build on the existing list of current and prospective donors by examining:

  • The President’s schedules of present and past donors and their areas of interest
  • The President’s schedule of prospective donors
  • The membership list in order to identify others who are not currently present or prospective donors, including research on which of the synagogue members are Patrons or major donors to Jewish community and other charities
  • American residents who are former members of the Synagogue
  • Charitable trusts and foundations interested in interfaith and social action (not only Jewish)


Developing a compelling case for support

In liaison with the rabbinic team, the Executive Director, the Head of Social Action & Interfaith and others within the professional team, the Board and some volunteers, undertake this for:

  • Each project/area of need, creatively presenting the work and highlighting the impact donors can have
  • The High Holy Day appeal
  • A legacy campaign
  • A regular giving campaign to encourage low level monthly donations from as many people as possible. 

Donor renewals, cultivation, engagement and stewardship

To work with the President, Chairman and Rabbis to manage existing and new relationships with all donors, ensuring they are giving to their potential. This will involve:

  • Building profiles on all existing and prospective donors to capture their specific preferences for giving and developing systems to manage this information effectively (in line with Data Protection Legislation)
  • Identifying which existing and prospective donors are known to the President, Chairman and Senior Rabbi
  • Setting up renewal letters for existing donors to be signed either by the President or the Chairman/Rabbis if appropriate and setting up thank you letters for donations received from them
  • Setting up letters to prospective donors for appropriate signature and setting up thank you letters when donations are received
  • Setting up meetings with donors for the President, Chairman and Rabbis as required
  • Researching and planning a US trip to engage American donors who have warm links with the Synagogue
  • Assisting the Head of Social Action & Interfaith with applications to trusts and foundation and working with them on identifying new sources of funding
  • Producing written project proposals and pitches for building or other non-recurring projects
  • Liaising with the Accounts Manager to ensure that all donations are processed and acknowledged with formal receipts, with Gift Aid claimed where appropriate
  • Providing regular updates to the President, Chairman, Senior and Executive Director
  • Providing regular (bespoke) project feedback to relevant donors and producing project reports
  • Develop and manage the fundraising budget

Developing donor recognition and stewardship programmes to meet donor motivations 

This will involve:

  • Developing and enhancing the Patrons Programme with regular newsletters and occasional Patrons events
  • Devising and delivering a new programme of events to engage prospects and donors and to showcase the activities of the synagogue
  • Providing relevant input to the synagogue newsletter and annual Community Report
  • Considering the scope for further recognition opportunities on donor board, specific rooms/areas of the site, stained glass windows, a wall of memory etc
  • Develop a stewardship programme to acknowledge donors at different levels under close guidance from the President, Chairman and leadership team.  
  • Feedback to donors:  donor recognition and acknowledgements should include explanation of what has been done with the funds raised, tailored to specific groups or individuals, so that people feel their gifts really make a difference.



  • Demonstrable experience of income generation in either fundraising or in sales/marketing including making significant "asks"
  • Strong writing skills – experience of writing, editing and producing a range of written materials to a consistently high standard for a variety of audiences
  • Excellent communication skills – confidence in dealing with people at all levels, demonstrating professionalism, diplomacy and ability to work as a team player
  • Financially/IT competent and numerate – with strong attention to detail
  • Self-driven, entrepreneurial and results orientated with a positive outlook
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative without supervision
  • Strong identity and commitment to the aims of the charity




  • Knowledge of the philanthropic Jewish community
  • Event management skills – experience of devising, planning and running high-end major donor events

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