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Head of Philanthropy

£63,050 per annum
Closing date
16 Jan 2022

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Fundraising, Senior Management, Management, Major Donor/ Gifts, Supporter Development
Poverty Relief, Social Care & Welfare, Housing & Homelessness
Full Time
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About us

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. We know that homelessness is not inevitable. We know that together we can end it.

The philanthropy programme at Crisis has flourished in recent years with excellent leadership, the full backing of senior leaders and an inspirational case for support – to end homelessness. Our philanthropy audience have been fantastic through the pandemic which has left us in a strong position. We are working to end homelessness in three ways; at the individual level through our life changing services, at a community level with our partners around Great Britain and at a national policy level with the governments in Wales, Scotland and Westminster. Together Crisis offers a rich array of opportunities for our amazing philanthropists to make a lasting change to the systems and structures that perpetuate homelessness in 21st Century Britain.  

We are now searching for a talented Maternity Cover for the Head of Philanthropy until September 2022 to help us consolidate the changes and successes of recent years and also prepare us for the next phase of ambitious growth. 

About the role

As Head of Philanthropy, you will play an active role as a senior leader within Crisis working alongside people with a range of skills and experiences to build a future without homelessness. You will be a member of the Fundraising Management Team, led by the Director of Fundraising, who lead on implementing the fundraising strategy and department development plan. You will be an accessible, inspirational and supportive leader to your team of 5 brilliant philanthropy fundraisers, and lead by example by managing a small supporter portfolio of your own to ensure you also remain supporter facing. The permanent post holder also leads on building an innovation culture across the fundraising department and subject to the skills, experience and preferences of the maternity cover post holder, this element of the role can continue.

This role is based in London; working from home is an option in line with Crisis’ homeworking policy (minimum of one day a week in the office).

About you

To be successful in this role you will be passionate and committed to the cause of ending homelessness. Able to empathise and collaborate with people at all levels and across departments, you will have the drive to deliver against the direct objectives of the philanthropy team as well as cross organisational objectives. You will embrace the opportunity to work with our inspirational members (those who’ve benefited from Crisis services and have personal experience of homelessness).

You will care as much as we do about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and be fearless in the face of tough discussions and tough decisions on whether we’re doing enough. You will love philanthropy fundraising and the chance to represent Crisis to high net worth individuals – and take every available opportunity to convene the people with the knowledge, resources, experiences and determination to end homelessness.

We believe diversity is a strength, and our aim is to make sure that Crisis truly reflects the communities we serve. We are actively working towards our organisation being a place where everyone can thrive and make their best contribution to our mission of ending homelessness for good. We know that the more perspectives, voices, and experiences we can bring to this work, the better. We particularly welcome applications from people who have lived experience of homelessness, and people from all marginalised groups, communities and backgrounds. 

As a member of the team you will have access to a wide range of employee benefits including:

  • Interest free loans to purchase a train season ticket or a bike or for a deposit to secure a tenancy
  • Mandatory pension scheme, with an employer contribution of 8.5%
  • 25 days’ annual leave which increases with service to 28 days

Alongside our excellent staff benefits, we will support your ongoing development to build your skills, experience and career.

When you join us, you will have the opportunity to join our staff diversity networks, which aim to champion issues across the organisation, enable staff to be their authentic and best selves and contribute to making Crisis a truly diverse organisation.   

How to apply

If this sound likes the opportunity for you, please click on the 'Apply now' button below.

Closing date: Sunday 16th January (at 23:59)


We welcome applications from people who identify as neuro diverse and want our recruitment process to be as accessible as possible. If you need us to make an adjustment or provide additional support as you apply for a role, please email us and one of our Recruitment team will contact you to discuss how we can help.​​​​​​​


Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people. We work all year-round to deliver innovative services to help vulnerable and marginalised people get through the crisis of homelessness, fulfil their potential and transform their lives.

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