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Major Gifts Fundraising Manager

NFP People
Sidmouth/hybrid (onsite attendance at the Devon site currently anticipated to be 1-2 days per month)
£40000 Per Annum
Closing date
14 Apr 2024

Job Details

Major Gifts Fundraising Manager

We have an exciting opportunity for a proactive and professional individual with outstanding written and influencing skills to join the busy Fundraising Department.

These are ambitious times for the Charity as they have recently launched a new strategy that sees exponential growth and impact across the world.

Position: 1636 Major Gifts Manager

Location: Sidmouth/hybrid (onsite attendance at the Devon site currently anticipated to be 1-2 days per month)

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week, 08.30-16.30, Monday-Friday

Salary: £40,000 per annum

Contract: Permanent

Closing Date: Sunday 14 April 2024

Interview Date: Sidmouth, Devon on Wednesday 8th May 2024

The Role

As Major Gifts Manager, you will bring your expertise in Major Gifts for to the small Philanthropy Team, successfully cultivating and winning major gifts in line with agreed annual targets and the Fundraising Strategy.

You will work with the Senior Philanthropy Manager to evolve and continuously improve major gift activity, including stewarding current donors and helping to secure new major gifts from Trusts, Grant Giving Orgs and Major Donors

Responsibilities will include:


  • Proactively identifying and delivering new fundraising donors and income growth opportunities within Major Gifts.
  • Personally securing, and stewarding a portfolio of active Mid-Value, Major Donors and Charitable Trusts, forging and maintaining strong and enduring relationships.
  • Writing and communicating compelling cases for support, for a range of programmes requiring support – including international programmes, UK welfare and capital.
  • Interpreting and communicating complex programme outcomes and impacts to deliver compelling and transparent donor reports.
  • Supporting and growing the Major Gift cultivation pipeline and stewardship to grow funders’ understanding of the diversity of the charity’s work.
  • Delivering and reporting on targets and KPIs.
  • Working closely and in partnership with internal stakeholders, building positive working relationships to deliver the Major Gift Roadmap.
  • Leading on several stewardship, cultivation and communication projects that will help identify and steward Major Gift and Individual Giving donors to increase the size of their gifts.


About You

You will have previous working experience of managing, cultivating, and delivering major gifts, and of planning future major gifts pipeline, along with:


  • Demonstrable track record of meeting and exceeding personal fundraising targets.
  • Track record of building excellent stewardship and successful relationships with supporters at all levels including high net worth supporters, charitable trusts and other major donors.
  • Experience of managing complex donor-centric projects, involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Well-developed knowledge of monitoring, evaluation, and interpretation of programme performance, and of project budget management/reporting.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Able to multi-task and work with several conflicting demands and timescales.
  • Excellent copywriting skills, experienced in creating compelling bids and reports to agreed timeframes. Success in major gifts in one or more of animal welfare, international development or UK capital.


Flexibility will be required for travel within the United Kingdom to meet supporters and donors; therefore a full, valid driving licence and access to a vehicle are essential.

About the Organisation

The charity is one of the UK’s largest international animal welfare charities, currently supporting projects in over 35 countries worldwide, working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.

Benefits include:


  • Competitive pension.
  • Life assurance.
  • 31 days holiday (including Bank holidays), rising to 34 with each full year of service.
  • Wellbeing team.
  • Recorded Pilates and Yoga classes.
  • Long service awards.
  • Healthshield plan
  • Free Parking.
  • Subsidised restaurant and shop.


“The Sanctuary is a positive place to work with friendly staff and a wonderful charity. With amazing work throughout the world, once you join you never want to leave!”

The organisation is a Disability Confident Employer and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults) and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, including an application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where required for the post.

You may also have experience in areas such as Major Gifts, Major Gifts Fundraising, Major Gifts Fundraiser, Major Donor Fundraising Manager, Major Donor, High Value, Philanthropy, Corporate, Fundraising, Fundraiser, Fundraising Manager, Fundraising Officer, Trusts, Trust, Grant, Grants.

PLEASE NOTE: This role is being advertised by NFP People on behalf of the organisation.


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01234 815658
6 West Street
MK46 5HR

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