Philanthropy and Legacies Lead

Comic Relief
London (Central), London (Greater)
£55,332 - £62,000pa
Closing date
21 Oct 2020

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Fundraising, Senior Management, Management, Major Donor/ Gifts, Legacies Fundraising
International, Poverty Relief, Social Care & Welfare, Human Rights
Full Time
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Philanthropy and Legacies Lead

£55,332 - £62,000

London, and currently remote

The Head of Philanthropy will be responsible for developing Comic Relief’s strategy for engaging ultra-high net worth and high net worth individuals. This will include developing a legacy strategy.

Key responsibilities:

  • To develop, deliver and monitor Comic Relief’s strategy for engagement of ultra-high net worth and high net worth individuals in our mission
  • To work closely with Talent to identify artists and their ecosystems who have the capacity and propensity to give financially and leverage support through networks
  • To develop a robust prospect pipeline, effectively cultivate prospects and manage and steward relationships with existing donors
  • To lead on the development and recruitment of a strategic Partnerships & Philanthropy Advisory Group with Corporate Partnerships
  • To deliver a series of virtual and face to face thought leadership events for prospects and donors, working with the Founder and Life Presidents to deliver these
  • To work closely with Impact & Investment to create propositions for high net worth individuals
  • To represent Comic Relief in relevant philanthropic circles, specifically targeting next generation donors, wealth advisers, intermediaries and talent ecosystems
  • To creatively develop new ways of reaching and communicating with our target audience of philanthropists, driving income against an agreed target and documenting learning to seek constant improvement
  • To manage the Senior Philanthropy Associate, setting clear performance objectives and KPIs including income targets
  • To be responsible for reaching the Philanthropy targets
  • To work with Head of Public Fundraising and Individual Giving Lead to develop legacy strategy, to enable Comic Relief to talk to philanthropic individuals about gifts in wills.

Essential Skills and Competencies:

  • Significant experience in effectively leading and managing high performing teams.
  • Solid experience of delivering a philanthropy strategy which contributes to the organisations overall strategic aims on income and relationships.
  • Solid experience of high-level relationship management and support which enables senior stakeholder to grow income and networks
  • Experience of securing 7 figure gifts and working with world leading philanthropist
  • Exceptional communication, networking, influencing, negotiating and persuading skills.
  • Strategic Thinker – able to evaluate decisions in the short, medium and long term.
  • Building and sustaining effective working relationships both internally and externally.

To apply please visit our website via the link and apply online

Role closes - 12:00pm, 21st Oct 2020 BST (Europe/London)

Inclusivity at Comic Relief

We recognise diversity and inclusion are a source of strength in achieving our mission. We therefore welcome everyone, trusting what makes us different brings creativity, styles and experiences to help us collectively do our best work. That’s regardless of your gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. We especially welcome those from under-represented groups in modern grant-making and fundraising. We are on a journey, but if you join our team you will be part of a community that is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where we want you to:

  • Be valued for being yourself
  • Do your best work, and be supported to break down barriers so you can succeed
  • Be heard, respected, and treated as an equal, whatever your level, experience or background
  • Be part of a team that is committed to making this happen – with our colleagues, partners, and contributors.

Comic Relief is committed to preventing and protecting all people from harm in their interactions with us. We expect all those that act in our name to uphold our approach to doing no harm.

Our mission, thanks to our comedy heritage and the fantastic relationship we enjoy with the BBC, is 'positive change through the power of entertainment'.

And our biggest tool, in trying to achieve these two goals, is the ability to inspire people across the whole country especially those who don’t normally do charity - to do charity.

As the world has changed and become more complex over the last two decades, so Comic Relief has had to adapt and change too but the fundamentals remain the same - a just world free from poverty. In trying to achieve that vision we make this promise to the people who make those efforts possible - our supporters:

"In order to run itself in a professional and effective way Comic Relief incurs necessary costs. Raising funds, making grants and organisational overheads cost real money.

Despite these costs, Comic Relief is still able to promise that for every pound the charity gets directly from the public, a pound goes to help transform the lives of people living with poverty and social injustice. If Sport Relief raises £20 million, Comic Relief will spend at least £20 million doing just that.

It can make this promise because its operating budget is covered in cash or in kind from all types of supporters like corporate sponsors and donors, suppliers, generous individuals and government (including Gift Aid) as well as from investment income and interest"


Comic Relief is obviously a charity - but it's also a business too.

The money we raise is allocated to a wide range of grants and social investments aimed at delivering real and long-lasting change to the poorest, most vulnerable people at home and across the world; as well as informing the public and young people in particular about global citizenship and the underlying causes of extreme poverty.

That money comes in from a number of different sources. Traditional charitable fundraising obviously plays a vital role. The public contribute to Comic Relief's annual campaigns by raising money through sponsorship and by making donations online, by post, by telephone and through major banks and building societies. This support, from almost the very day Comic Relief was formed, has been both humbling and inspirational.

On the business side of things, Comic Relief works with key corporate partners to produce products and promotions that are profitable. The clearest example of this is the Red Nose that is the emblem of Red Nose Day.

Where possible these products tie-in with the charity's commitment to delivering benefits to poor farmers and producers. The Red Nose Day 2007 T-shirt for instance was made with fair trade cotton from Mali, Cameroon and Senegal and there will be a fair trade Maraba Bourbon coffee grown in Rwanda, a country to which Comic Relief has had a clear commitment since the appalling genocide of 1994.

Another way Comic Relief raises funds is via the creativity made available to the charity. Comedians from time to time offer access to key brands like Little Britain for commercial exploitation. The charity also develops and owns key sub-brands like Robbie the Reindeer and Monkey, both of which deliver a revenue too.

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