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Community Fundraising Manager

Comic Relief
Woking, Surrey
£35,500 - £39,500pa
Closing date
12 Apr 2021
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Community Fundraising Manager

Maternity Cover - likely 1 year Fixed Term Contract

£35,500 - £39,500pa

London and Currently Remote

The Community Fundraising Manager is responsible for implementing the community fundraising strategy for Comic Relief including Red Nose Day, Sport Relief and other year round activity, including proactively developing approaches to maximise income.                                                              

Key responsibilities:

  • Lead on all community fundraising, working closely with data and audience insight support to identify fundraiser insights, using these to influence development of strategy and plans.
  • Collaborate with marketing team to identify strategies to maximise community engagement.
  • Develop impactful community fundraising stewardship plans, that deliver audience conversion and retention.
  • Produce inspiring, clear and insightful creative briefs for fundraising products and communications, working with creative and digital teams to ensure successful delivery.
  • Ensure fundraising propositions and communications adhere to legal policy and regulations, working closely with legal and compliance teams.
  • Monitor and report on deliverables and income to identify trends and insights, and proactively suggest new forms of engagement.
  • Provide expert fundraising input across the organisation to actively shape community fundraising propositions and ensure opportunities are maximised.
  • Recruit and line manage campaign support staff.

Essential Skills and Competencies:

  • Significant experience of developing and delivering fundraising plans and propositions
  • Proactively problem solve and improve approaches as delivery progresses
  • Effective communication skills, written and oral – including strong presentation skills
  • Building and sustaining effective working relationships both internally and externally

To apply please visit our website via the link.

Role closes - 12:00pm, 8th Apr 2021 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, ethnicity, 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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