Trust & Foundations and Legacy Manager

Dreams Come True
£30000 per annum
Closing date
1 Jul 2021

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Fundraising, Trusts & Foundations
Children & Youth
Full Time

Job Details

Trust & Foundations and Legacy Manager
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 Trust & Foundations and Legacy Manager to join our fundraising team on a full-time basis, working 35 hours a week. This role will be a mixture of working in the office and from home.
The Benefits
- Salary of circa £30,000
This is the perfect opportunity for an individual with demonstrable experience of regularly securing significant donations from Trusts & Foundations and Legacies to advance their career and grow and succeed with our charity, enabling us to make an impact on the lives of those who need it most.
You will play a vital role in helping our small and dedicated team to build new, and continue, existing relationships with donors so we can continue to make dreams come true for children and young people with life-limiting and serious illnesses.
The Role
As the Trust & Foundations and Legacy Manager, you will lead the planning and delivery of all T&F and Legacy activity to increase income, widen engagement and foster long term relationships.
Reporting to the Head of Bespoke Fundraising (Corporate, Major Donor, Trusts & Foundations and Legacies), you will develop and strengthen high value Trust relationships at a Trustee and operational level. You will ensure their funds are spent in line with the purpose for which they were raised and that they receive regular and timely progress reports and appropriate recognition for their donations.
Additionally, you will be responsible for running all Planned Giving / Legacy activity including marketing plans, promotion, and activity, communicating with solicitors, record keeping and administration.
As the Trust & Foundations and Legacy Manager, you will also:
- Develop and manage a portfolio of relationships with T&F donors
- Maintain and develop the mailing programme for small (£0-£5k) and medium (£5k - £15k) Trusts
- Work with colleagues to identify strategic applications (£25k+) that creates projects to improve the pipeline and returns
- Run all stewardship activity and create appropriate marketing material and supporter journeys for legacy pledgers and enquirers
- Ensure that all fundraising activities undertaken are legal, ethical, and based on good practice guidelines

About You
To join us as a Trust & Foundations and Legacy Manager, you will need:
- Demonstrable experience and a track record of regularly securing significant (£30-£100k) donations from Trusts & Foundations and Legacies
- Experience of growing income and/or delivering fundraising targets via management of a Trust portfolio inclusive of mailing programmes for small Trusts
- Proven ability to form positive and productive relationships with internal stakeholders
- The ability to assess, comprehend and manage complex written and financial information quickly and accurately
- The ability to create clear, inspirational, and persuasive proposals
- Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with donors and operate at a senior level
- To be computer literate and familiar with common Office programmes and fundraising databases
- An understanding and appreciation of the legislation affecting charity fundraising
The closing date for applications is the 30th June 2021.
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.
Other organisations may call this role Trust & Fundraising Manager, Fundraising Manager (Trusts and Foundations), or Legacy Development 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’re seeking your next challenge as a Trust & Foundations and Legacy Manager, 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:

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

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