Part Time Fundraiser

M.E Trust
Home based but able to attend meetings in London and, ideally, in Windsor
£30,000 per annum pro rata
03 Apr 2018
19 Apr 2018
Part Time
Contract Type

Job summary

We are a young charity looking for a fundraiser with some relevant experience to bring energy and flair to our drive to increase funding from individual donors, community groups and trusts. The role offers a fantastic opportunity for someone to help transform the lives of people with ME/CFS whilst increasing their own experience. The successful candidate will take a lead in developing fundraising initiatives, prospect research, donor relationship building and proposal writing, as well as influencing strategies to ensure the M.E. Trust's future growth.  The role will be home-based, ideally within easy access of London for ease of attending meetings with Trustees and for networking with key contacts.

Holiday entitlement: 28 days

Pension - 3% employer's contribution to workplace pension scheme, subject to employee contributions of 3%

Hours: 20 hours per week but it is essential that the post holder work flexible hours to attend meetings and events. Quarterly Board meetings end 7pm in Central London, quarterly Fundraising Development Group [FDG] meetings end 6pm in Central London.  Regular meetings with the Director and Operations Manager are also required and there is an annual away-day, during a weekend, once a year.

Contract: Permanent after 6 months’ probationary period.

Location: Home based, but able to attend meetings in London [and also, ideally, in Windsor], for which the charity will cover reasonable expenses, as we will for any travel.

Key relationships:

  • Reporting to Director
  • Working with the Chairman of our Fundraising Development Group
  • Reporting to Trustees, and FDG, at quarterly meetings

About the ME Trust: 

  • Our Vision: To bring hope and transformational care to all affected by ME/CFS.
  • Our Mission: To provide multi-disciplinary care and support, shaped around the needs of each person with ME/CFS and their community of carers. 

About this position:

The charity is keen to develop its promotion of clinical services and become a yet more significant portal of hope and practical help for people with ME and those caring for them.  The person appointed will join a small dedicated team. There are two other part-time paid staff – an Operations Manager and Clinical Governance Lead. Opportunities for training will be offered, as and when skills need to be developed further. 

Current developments

We presently offer help and support from a very experienced multi-disciplinary team (doctor, physiotherapist, counsellors and chaplains) by various means -  phone, email, skype or home visit. We aim to open two out-patient clinics for face to face consultations this year and then further extend our services, for example to include provision of inpatient beds. 

Key responsibilities:

  1. Increase funds by researching and targeting charitable trusts whose criteria match the charity's aims and activities; maintaining donor lists;
  2. Produce tailored applications for trust, foundation and statutory grant applications;
  3. Write, and submit in a timely fashion, appropriate written reports to funders on how grants have been spent;
  4. Create and organise fundraising events, assisted by volunteers;
  5. Develop our donor-relationship data base using our software ‘Salesforce’ and create a ‘Friends of ME Trust’ supporter group.
  6. Design fundraising materials such as leaflets and flyers;
  7. Write applications and mail-shots, using direct mail to reach a wide range of potential and current donors;
  8. Develop new and imaginative fundraising activities;
  9. Give input into our (yet to be launched) quarterly newsletter along with developing a relationship with key stakeholders such as our Patrons and Fundraising Development Group.
  10. Make risk analyses and balancing time-cost ratios to focus effort on the most appropriate fundraising activities with the highest chance of success.


  1. This job Description is not a definitive list of tasks, rather it is designed to give an over-view of the job. It is envisaged that the post-holder will use their own initiative and develop the job, so the Charity's aims are achieved. It should be noted that the Charity is a small organisation and it may be necessary to step beyond the areas outlined above to support others.
  2. The ME Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer and reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate people with disabilities. No discrimination due to race, sexual orientation, religion or creed will be made.

Person Specification

Knowledge & Experience:

  • Minimum two years’ experience of fundraising
  • Proven track record of income generation  
  • A good understanding of the differing needs and requirements of a range of donors including individuals, community groups, trusts and foundations.
  • Able to demonstrate prospect research and cultivated relationships with a variety of donors in order to maximise income
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present information to a wide audience at all levels
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Able to write clear, concise English and have experience of writing successful fundraising applications and materials.
  • Able to contribute to the overall fundraising strategy with a strong understanding of evaluation and monitoring.

Skills & Abilities:


  • The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently
  • A high standard of computer literacy
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Numerate, able to use Excel, and be comfortable with budgets (preparing them and reporting against them).
  • Excellent administrative skills with good attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal to a good standard of English language
  • Advanced experience and ability with MS Office software
  • To be able to promote themselves and their work; being a positive role model in line with the ethos of The ME Trust Charity
  • Ability to think creatively and be forward thinking in relation to addressing challenges and applying learning
  • Ability to manage a variety of tasks simultaneously so as to meet agreed timescales and deadlines
  • Analytical skills (financial and operational)
  • A compassion for people with ME, their families and carers


  • Experience in managing events and conferences
  • Experience of planning/managing budgets
  • Experience of updating websites
  • Understanding of legal obligations of charities and small employers
  • Knowledge of the charity/voluntary sector
  • Experience of managing volunteers

Please send a CV and covering letter in support of the application to:

Shortlisted candidates will be offered a brief informal chat with our Director, Hannah Clifton, prior to interview.

A short listing of applicants will take place after the closing date.  We will be in touch with all candidates at that time.

Deadline for applications:    Thursday, 19th April 2018

Interview venue and date:    London, 3rd May 2018


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