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Philanthropy Manager

International Animal Rescue
East Sussex
£35,000 - £40,000
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

Job Details

Be part of Team Rescue and work for a dynamic team of fundraisers dedicated to rescuing animals from cruelty and suffering around the world.

At International Animal Rescue (IAR) we not only save animals from suffering, we also rehabilitate and release them back into the wild and work to protect their precious natural habitats. IAR is an award winning charity based in East Sussex, committed to animal welfare and conservation.  At IAR we do exactly what our name says: we save animals from suffering around the world.   We rescue and rehabilitate orangutans in Indonesia, release bears from caged captivity in Armenia, treat injured howler monkeys in Costa Rica and care for dancing bears in India - and so much more.  Whenever we can, we release rescued animals back into the wild; and when that's not possible, we give them a safe haven for life.

We are looking for a passionate and experienced fundraising professional to join our award winning fundraising team.  As Philanthropy Manager, you will be specifically responsible for taking our major donor and corporate development programme to the next level.   Currently, we are particularly focused on promoting our holistic orangutan conservation programme ‘IARconserves’ to existing and prospective major donors.    This initiative covers the prevention and mitigation of Human-Orangutan Conflict (HOC), the rescuing of orangutans in danger, rehabilitating and reintroducing rescued orangutans, socialisation and education of forest-edge communities and the implementation of sustainable livelihood interventions.

The candidate should be a self-starter who is not only experienced in major donor stewardship but who is prepared to go that extra mile to meet and engage prospective as well as existing HNWI’s.   Inspired and motivated by the work of IAR the post holder will be someone that will significantly develop the charity’s philanthropy giving, increasing income and the quality of these relationships.  Our aim is to match the ambition of our global projects with transformational levels of income from philanthropic giving - and we would like the right candidate to be part of that journey.  

Job Description

To manage and develop a portfolio of high value supporters demonstrating both fundraising excellence and best practice in all stages of engagement and stewardship.

To achieve income and key accountability targets providing reports and updates as required and outlined in annual plans.

To proactively research, cultivate and manage new prospects engaging them in the charity’s work, securing their support, financial or other as appropriate.

To develop and implement relevant donor stewardship communications

Develop and manage new and existing corporate partnerships that will raise income, grow supporter acquisition and raise brand awareness of International Animal Rescue

Work closely with other members of the philanthropy and wider fundraising team in crossover areas such as trust and foundation proposals and mid-level giving.  

Create and implement stewardship events where appropriate Provide regular reporting to Development Director and the Leadership Team

Play an integral role the marketing and fundraising team of International Animal Rescue Support the Development Director with the philanthropy programme in the USA.   

To champion the use of data and insight in driving high value fundraising, supporting the use of the database for effective prospect and donor management.

Person Specification:


Experience of identifying and cultivating relationships with high value prospects, either HNWI and securing significant gifts

Experience of high value donor stewardship and relationship development

Experience of developing and communicating high value funding propositions Experience of writing compelling cases for support and applications

Driven to provide the very best supporter experience

Passionate about the work of IAR with commitment to animal welfare and conservation

Proven project management skills

Ability to analyse data to prepare performance reports on all activity relating to HNWI’s

Excellent writing skills with a meticulous attention to detail

Pro-active and highly self-motivated

Able to work well as part of a team, including our international colleagues

Abilities and Competencies

Ability to apply a broad range of communication skills to influence, motivate and persuade a wide range of people to donate

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively and passionately – in person, by telephone and in writing

Excellent networking and presentation skills

Excellent organisational and planning skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines and achieve targets.

Highly motivated and target driven, proven track record of delivering income against targets and timescales, often working autonomously

Ability to develop strong working relationships with Trustees, senior management, staff and volunteers: diplomatic, persuasive and credible at all levels.

Emotionally intelligent with the ability to understand donor motivations and adapt to their styles and needs.

Strong writing skills Meticulous attention to detail Experience of working with CRM databases

Advanced use of Microsoft Office programmes - Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook

Prepared to travel and stay overnight on occasions if necessary

Appreciative of International Animal Rescue’s vision, mission, and values

Commitment to animal welfare, conservation and the environment

Willing and able to occasionally carry out other tasks for IAR and help other team members when required

Our Values

External - How we do our work

Passionate: We do everything in our power to end the suffering of individual animals, conserve species and protect ecosystems.

Trustworthy: We are committed to using supporters' funds responsibly to deliver effective and long-lasting results.

Innovative: We find creative and pragmatic solutions that address the root cause of problems, prioritising the needs of animals, people and the environment.

Collaborative: We work collaboratively with communities, governments and partners to achieve the aims of the charity.

Courageous: We take on difficult challenges and never give up.

Internal - How we work with each other

We share a passion for animals and the environment, and use this to work towards our shared goals.

We treat each other fairly and respect everyone's views equally. We work collaboratively with each other and with other organisations.

We focus on quality and learn from both our successes and failures.

We are accountable for our actions, individually and collectively.

We are compassionate to each other and towards animals. We go out of our way to support each other, professionally and personally.


Hybrid working

Up to 25 days leave (plus bank holidays)

6% Employer pension contribution

Benenden healthcare membership

Application process

Please click the "Apply now" button which will ask for you CV and covering letter. We also welcome further informal discussions to

Please put Philanthropy Manager as the email subject.

Diverse & Inclusive Hiring Process

If this sounds like you, we would love to receive your application. We are committed to welcoming people from the widest possible diversity of background, culture and experience.




"Over 30 years of relieving animals from suffering"

About Us

Since 1989, we have been dedicated to ending animal suffering, whilst protecting the environment for people and planet. We believe we can restore the balance between humans and wildlife for a more sustainable and healthier planet.

Join us on a journey below as we reflect back on what has been an incredible three decades for animal and habitat protection.

See our incredible timeline from 1989 here

Making a Difference

At International Animal Rescue, we not only save animals from suffering, we also rehabilitate and release them back into the wild and work to protect their precious natural habitats.

International Animal Rescues wins The Charity Award in the Environment and Conservation category for our reforestation project in Indonesia. The Charity Awards is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme.

Career Opportunities

We are excited to grow our team and with that comes some new opportunities to join our fundraising and volunteering journey as well as join us as an employee of International Animal Rescue.


Company info
01825 767688
Lime House
Regency Close
TN22 1 DS
United Kingdom

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