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Philanthropy and Appeals Executive

Frank Water
£23500 - £27492 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2021

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Philanthropy and Appeals Executive

Home-based with expectations of working from central Bristol office at least one day per week

Part-time - 21 hours per week, flexible working hours, permanent contract

£23,500 - £27,492 per annum, pro rata + pension, depending on experience


Frank Water is an international development charity and wholly owned trading subsidiary, working domestically in the UK as well as overseas in India and Nepal, with a vision of a future where everyone, everywhere has access to resilient water resources for generations to come.


Frank Water is now seeking to appoint a part-time Philanthropy & Appeals Executive to a permanent contract, joining a small, passionate team.


This role will report to the Head of Operations & Fundraising and will work closely with the Corporate Partnerships Executive and Fundraising & Events Administrator.


The purpose of the role is to build a portfolio of 25 major donors over the next three years, with a target of

£100,000 in 2021/22, alongside running two appeals in the year which align with Frank Water’s organisational strategy and values, with a target of £60,000. This role aims to build a base of donors who give philanthropically, whilst stewarding all levels of donors and soliciting donations for appeals scheduled in the first half of the Charity’s financial year. To communicate the organisation’s unrestricted funding needs in a clear, consistent way to potential and existing supporters through engaging, insightful and persuasive communications, building a community of lifelong supporters.


The ideal candidate will have an interest in philanthropic giving and have knowledge and experience of how to run successful appeals, including what appropriate KPIs should be for each appeal and demographic. You’ll communicate the organisation’s purpose and funding needs in a clear, consistent way to supporters through a variety of communication channels, ensuring they feel motivated to donate to Frank Water and understand the impact of their support.


The successful candidate will be proactive, organised, and a great communicator with strong attention to detail. You will be donor focused with a gift for quickly building strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and possess a self-motivated, tenacious, and can-do attitude.


Being part of a very small, tight-knit team, you will be happy to work with team members across the organisation and manage all your own administration.


It is essential you have a passion for our cause and a desire to develop an understanding of all aspects of our work, with the ability to travel throughout the UK as required.


Key responsibilities and duties:


- To understand all the funding needs of the organisation, including core funding and programmes

- To have set plans for securing income from high-net-worth individuals and through digital methods,

managing relationships to achieve annually agreed targets

- Plan, market and deliver at least 2 fundraising appeals each year (building to 3) and support the Corporate Fundraising Executive to secure funding pledgers for matched funding appeals

- Manage the charity’s current portfolio of major donors, research new prospects, prioritising contacts and developing new relationships, with the support of the CEO and Head of Operations & Fundraising where appropriate

- Evaluate the effectiveness of each activity/communication and make sure we embed a continuous improvement cycle into all fundraising activities

- Maintain and develop a detailed contact history with existing and potential high-net-worth individuals and partners using the organisation’s database (eTapestry), devising an annual schedule of communications

- Contribute to regular meetings with the Communications team and create shared objectives in order to maximise online giving opportunities and appeal income

- Compile fundraising content for newsletter, social media campaigns and the website

- Ensure that online donation processes are seamless and in line with current best practice and trends

- To support the Head of Operations & Fundraising in updating the team budget, forecasting fundraising income and monitoring success

- Play a proactive part in the Fundraising Team and build mutually supportive relationships across all

fundraising, communication, and programme teams

- Hit personal and team targets set on an annual basis, contributing to the team’s overall success

- Support interns and volunteers where required

- To contribute to key organisational priorities and other tasks as required


Key Skills & Abilities


- The ability to think creatively

- A proven ability to engage and nurture high-net-worth individuals

- Excellent presentation and written communication skills

- Excellent oral communication skills with a high degree of diplomacy, tact and confidence

- Being an excellent team player who can work on your own initiative to plan and manage your workload

- Good attention to detail in every area of your work

- Demonstrable teamwork and organisational skills

- Ability to develop strong relationships both internally and externally

- Willingness and ability to work within a small organisation with a small and part-time staff team operating from an open-plan office environment


Experience & Requirements


- Experience in securing four and five figure gifts from high-net-worth individuals OR experience of successfully running appeals reaching totals of at least £50,000

- Passion for Frank Water’s cause and desire to develop an understanding of all aspects of our work

- Flexible and willing to undertake occasional travel in the UK, when necessary

- Experience of working in a small organisation (less than 20 people) (desirable)

- Experience of working in international development (desirable)


If you feel you have both the experience and background to successfully undertake this role, then we want to hear from you. To apply, please select the button shown to submit a CV and covering letter outlining why you wish to be considered for this role.


Please contact Katie Endacott, Head of Operations and Fundraising, if you have any questions.


The deadline for this role is midday on Friday 16th July 2021.


This vacancy is being advertised by Webrecruit. The services advertised by Webrecruit are those of an Employment Agency.


Other organisations may call this role Philanthropy Officer, Philanthropy and Appeals Officer, Fundraising Executive, Fundraising Officer, or Charitable Foundation Fundraising Officer.


Our small organisation aims to address a big problem, providing safe drinking water to the 663 million people worldwide who still lack access to this basic human right.  

As a registered charity (no. 1121273), Frank Water works with some of the most deprived communities in India and Nepal to help them secure safe, clean drinking water and sanitation. 

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