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Philanthropy Executive

Remote-working/ Hybrid-working
£27,083 pa (plus London weighting allowance of £4,689 if working from the London office)
Closing date
25 Nov 2021

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Fundraising, Corporate Fundraising, Major Donor/ Gifts
Social Care & Welfare, Housing & Homelessness
Full Time
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Home working initially, then flexible working between home and office in London EC1

Closing date: 25 November 2021 at 11.30 pm

Do you have experience working in a fundraising team, ready to take your next step working with major donors? Or are you a strong communicator with excellent relationship building skills, looking to work with one of the UK’s leading housing and homelessness charities?

We are looking for motivated individuals to fill two Philanthropy Executive roles. One role will exclusively cover our Philanthropy work in England, while the other works across both England and Scotland.

About Shelter

A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.

We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

About you

This is a great opportunity for a skilled fundraiser looking to take the next step in their career, or a confident relationship-builder looking to use their skills to further Shelter’s mission. Above all, we are looking for an excellent communicator with great organisational skills, who has a proactive, action orientated mindset.

You will have:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will be confident corresponding with donors in person, over the phone or via email and have creative ideas for communicating the impact of their giving. 
  • The confidence and ability to work effectively with people at all levels, both internally and externally, and the ability to reflect on your work to improve your own and team performance.
  • Experience of successfully juggling a variety of projects, using your initiative to solve problems and achieve results.
  • Some major donor fundraising experience, or transferable experience of successfully building relationships with individuals either in a private sector capacity or in another fundraising capacity.

About the team and the role 

These are key roles in making Shelter’s strategic priorities a reality. You will be raising money for our core work – supporting people in communities threatened with losing their homes, as well as our campaigning to transform housing policy to get to the root of the problem.

The roles have a dual focus, managing a portfolio of donors giving at £5k+, and the design, delivery and management of a first-class stewardship and cultivation programme. To achieve this, you will be focused on maximising the impact of current relationships through seeking opportunities and developing innovative ways to engage donors and grow relationships in value or into multi-year commitments; and will take the lead on the development and delivery of our quarterly donor mailing programme.

As well as providing a service of excellent donor cultivation and stewardship, you will write compelling proposals and reports for donors in your portfolio and provide some of this support across the wider team.

You will be supported by a passionate and creative team who are committed to growing our Philanthropy income to over £3 million a year and are committed to supporting you to develop your skills and further your career.

The Philanthropy Executive supporting both England and Scotland, will also have the opportunity to think strategically and support the Senior Manager (Scotland) on product and event development for our Scottish audience. This role will require some travel to meet donors based in Scotland and elsewhere in England as required.



We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society. 

Safeguarding is everyone's business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.


The housing crisis is now a national emergency.

Shelter was founded 52 years ago, not by the wealthy or powerful, but as a community organisation whose purpose was to change society. That means we’re needed more now than at any time in our history: for millions of our fellow citizens the fundamental human need for a safe home is ignored.

Forget finding who’s to blame for this. Shelter is here to do far more than just point out what’s gone wrong. We are here to put it right, and that’s why our aim is for this strategy to be nothing less than a turning point for both Shelter and our country.

Without a home, no one can achieve their full potential. With millions whose right to a home is under threat, neither can the country. We believe that because the need for a home is so all-consuming, a home is a basic moral right, and everything we will do from now will be done to defend that right.

We’ve all talked so much about the ‘housing crisis’ that we’ve stopped believing it can be solved. The phrase has become like wallpaper. But this is a national emergency, and one that demands fearless, ambitious action.

In developing this strategy, it’s been vital to start with our own people: those who rely on our services, our volunteers, our employees. We aim to rebuild a movement, stronger than ever, and a movement must start with a simple idea that unites everyone within Shelter, our best advocates. Change starts here, in our work with individuals, spreading through communities, and across society.

We identify in this strategy six million households whose right to a home is either denied or under threat at this very moment. Soaring rents that squeeze out food and clothing, being thrown out of your home through no fault of your own, simply being too poor to afford a home: the terror of homelessness is everywhere.

Many are living in grossly unfit and unsafe conditions, adults and children whose lives are blighted by fear and despair. Discrimination is rampant in private renting and we have lost sight of the simple fact that we need a home just as much as we need healthcare and education. We are building the fewest social homes in 70 years, at a time when more and more people desperately need them.

In Shelter’s services, our people work tirelessly to alleviate the sheer destitution they see day in and day out. We will be a rock in the storm every day for those who need us. But our aim is bigger – to cut this suffering off at source – and we acknowledge in this strategy that we can’t do it overnight, neither can we do it alone.

For the first time, Shelter is committing in this strategy to ten-year goals as well as three-year goals so we can be confident of building to the necessary changes over the next decade. And at the same time we commit in this strategy to building the movement of people who will make this change possible.

We plan in the next three years to have 500,000 supporters join us in our mission to respond to this emergency, through campaigning, volunteering and donating. It is people that can power the change we seek.

This national emergency has been decades in the making. Now is the moment to act together with one purpose. In the community, our hubs and shops will be magnets for everyone with a role in ending the national emergency. Nationally, we will work with everyone who sees the desperate need for change: no one group or party is to blame for the emergency, and no one group or party can end it either.

Shelter: it’s a fundamental need and a basic moral right. Please join us to defend it.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive

Helen Baker, Chair

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