Philanthropy Manager

MK Community Foundation
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Competitive: Up to £30,000 per annum + benefits
Closing date
25 Aug 2019

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Fundraising, Major Donor/ Gifts, Legacies Fundraising
Full Time
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Job Purpose

To develop, support and promote community philanthropy to deliver grant making that meets targeted impact needs in Milton Keynes.  To provide integrated advice and services to people and organisations that have set up funds at the Community Foundation and develop the effectiveness and scale of existing donors’ giving.

Reports to  Director of Philanthropy

Job Description

1.      Develop new philanthropy

2.      Share knowledge of the technicalities of giving through philanthropy advice services:

3.      Develop and support philanthropy advice relationships

4.      Understand the local social sector and obtain extensive community knowledge

5.      Be an effective grant maker

6.      Monitor the impact of our work and share this effectively with donors to bring philanthropy to life

7.      Contribute MK Community Foundation and to the wider UK Community Foundation movement.

Person Specification


1.      Ability to work with a range of donors and provide excellent service.

2.      Ability to research and provide advice on community needs, and approaches to philanthropy, relevant to donors’ interests and wishes.

3.      Ability to analyse grant applications and make recommendations on them.

4.      Understanding of the voluntary sector and community issues.

5.      Graduate level education or evidence of comparable ability.

6.      Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

7.      Good organisation, administrative and report-writing skills

8.      Computer literate and able to be self-servicing

9.      Strong commitment to the values of the Community Foundation, including equal opportunities.

10.   Enthusiasm, flexibility and the ability to cope well under pressure.

11.   A good team player who is able to support colleagues.

12.   Willingness to undertake occasional evening/weekend duties and travel outside the region.


1.      Understanding of current issues in philanthropy.

2.      Experience of grant-making.

3.      Experience of working with professional advisors.

4.      Experience of working directly within the corporate social responsibility sector or directly with corporate donors.

5.      Experience of working in the voluntary and community sector.

6.      Driving Licence holder and car owner.

Milton Keynes Community Foundation is an independent charity working for and at the heart of Milton Keynes. We connect people and resources to projects and ideas to create positive impacts and enduring solutions for our communities.

Our Vision is for a thriving Milton Keynes where everyone is contributing to their community

Our Mission is to connect people with resources, skills and ideas to enrich lives and create positive growth for Milton Keynes. We achieve our mission through three themes of:

To support the growth and development of our voluntary community and cultural sector
To inspire giving to our communities through philanthropy and other social action
To take a lead in connecting and growing sustainable communities

Our Value Statements

  • A diverse, vibrant, well supported voluntary, community and cultural sector is the key to any thriving community
  • All communities benefit from effective connections between sectors - business, public, community and cultural
  • Everyone’s contribution matters and should be valued and encouraged
  • Fairness, diversity and equality of access are the basic foundations of every community
  • The needs of today should be balanced with the need to invest for the future
  • Openness, transparency and accountability are the bedrock for building a sense of community ownership and belonging.

Our Strategic Goal is to build a resilient, creative, inclusive and philanthropic community.

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