Head of Bespoke Fundraising (Corporate, Major Donor, Trusts & Foundations and Legacies)

Dreams Come True
£45000 per annum
Closing date
30 Jun 2021

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Children & Youth
Full Time

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Head of Bespoke Fundraising (Corporate, Major Donor, Trusts & Foundations and Legacies)
Liphook, Hampshire (Office and home-based)
About Us
Dreams Come True is a national charity with a big heart and a clear purpose. We exist to fulfil the dreams of children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions.
We are the only wish-granting organisation that is singularly focused on delivering dreams to children and young people living in the highest areas of deprivation. We believe that because of this, we are answering an unmet need, by allowing these 5 to 18-year-olds – who would otherwise be missed – a chance to have their bespoke dream.
And that is what makes us unique – we have a simple principle that we aim to help those that others can’t and in doing so, place our amazing Dreams Families at the heart of every decision, every action and every opportunity. We are a charity that focuses on impact and making a positive difference to those we seek to help.
We are currently seeking a Head of Bespoke Fundraising to join our team on a full-time basis, working 35 hours per week.
The Benefits
- Salary of up to £45,000
This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with experience in devising, implementing, and delivering bespoke fundraising strategies to join our charity and help us continue to make dreams come true for children and young people with life-limiting and serious illnesses.
We are a small team and you will play a key role in acquiring new income so we can continue to grant the wishes of children and young people and make a positive impact on their lives and those of their families and carers.
The Role
As the Head of Bespoke Fundraising, you will be responsible for developing and maximising support from Corporates, Major Donors, Trusts & Foundations and Legacies.
Reporting to the Chief Executive, you will work towards an ambitious target of £765,000 in 2021/22, which rises to £1.8m in 2024/25. You will develop and implement bespoke fundraising strategies to increase income, widen engagement and foster long term relationships which will support the continuation of our work and expansion of our remit and support for those who need it most.
Additionally, you will develop and deliver a stewardship and management plan for new and existing partners and major donors, whilst identifying new sources of funding.
As the Head of Bespoke Fundraising, you will also:
- Identify, solicit, and secure long-term mutually beneficial corporate partnerships
- Be responsible for the delivery of the charity’s major donor income targets through planning and implementing targeted activities
- Provide line management and direction to the Trusts & Foundations and Legacy Manager
- Oversee the delivery of an appropriate Planned Giving / Legacy Programme
About You
To join us the Head of Bespoke Fundraising, you will need:
- Evidence of either running bespoke fundraising or commercial development activities and making a tangible difference
- Experience in managing, delivering, and reporting on a significant annual budget
- People management experience
- Experience in devising, implementing, and delivering income generating/fundraising strategies
- Creation and delivery of compelling cases for support
- Understanding the role of brand proposition and marcomms in bespoke fundraising
- To be strategic with the ability to see the big picture
- Strong relationship building, presentation and pitching skills
We are committed to safeguarding. The successful applicant will be subject to appropriate vetting procedures (proof of eligibility to work in the UK, proof of residency and satisfactory employment screening, including DBS and two most recent references) and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to appointment in line with Safer Recruitment, along with 3-yearly renewals of DBS.
The closing date for applications is the 30th June 2021.
Other organisations may call this role Donor Relations Manager, Corporate Fundraiser, Senior New Business Manager, New Business Development Manager, or Major Donor Manager.
Dreams Come True values equality and diversity and welcome applications from candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, gender identity, religion, or belief, marital or civil partnership status, political opinion, social or economic status or pregnancy and maternity. 
So, if you are seeking your next challenge as a Head of Bespoke Fundraising, please apply via the button shown. This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.



Every year in the UK some 60,000 children and young people up to the age of 21, access palliative care services. Every one of them will dream of things they would like to achieve, places they would like to go, and people they would like to meet. Sadly, for many, their condition may make it difficult to achieve their dreams.

That’s where we come in. Dreams Come True is a national children’s charity that exists to bring joy to terminally and seriously ill children and young people, by fulfilling their treasured dreams. We add a dimension to their quality of life, and by extension to that of their parents, families and friends, which is not available from health and social care budgets, but nevertheless can be transformational.

Founded in 1988 we have fulfilled the dreams of more than 5,000 life threatened and life limited children and young people aged 2-21 in every part of the UK. Each child’s dream is personal and unique to them and we stop at nothing to make sure that all dreams are fulfilled, whether it’s meeting a favourite pop star, surfing in Hawaii, experiencing zero gravity or having a book published.

A recent independent service evaluation has confirmed that our work is conducted at the highest standards, and that it delivers so much for our dream children and young people, and their families and friends:

  • < > - have you ever experienced a treasured dream coming true?

    Precious memories – to treasure and share with family and friends which can be particularly cherished should the child have a terminal condition.

  • < > – the choosing, the anticipation as well as the fulfilment of a dream can empower, encourage and strengthen sick children to deal with the stressful and often painful day to day events associated with their treatment.

    A catalyst to talk about difficult things – planning a dream can help open up meaningful family discussions about the present and the future.

  • Hope for the future - achieving one dream often leads to identifying a new one which will give a sick child or young person something new to aim for and look forward to. Aspirations become a habit.

We call it the Power of Dreams.

Find out more about us at: www.dreamscometrue.uk.com

Find Us
Dreams Come True Charity Ltd
Exchange House
33 Station Road
GU30 7DW
United Kingdom

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