Fundraising Manager

Organisation: Sustain
Salary: £34,136 pa pro rata
Location: London
Hours: Part Time
Position type: Paid
Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Closing date: Wed 05 March 14
Contact name: Ben Reynolds
Contact telephone: 442070650902
Contact email:

Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming

• £34,136 gross annual salary pro rata, 3 days per week, initial 9 month fixed-term contract
• A contributory pension scheme with an employer’s contribution of 5%.
• 20 days annual holiday (pro rata), rising two days every year to a limit of 25 days. The office closes over the Christmas period, and this period provides additional holiday days.
• Childcare vouchers available on a ‘salary sacrifice’ basis.

Location: Sustain’s office in the Old Street area of North London

Sustain is the alliance for better food and farming, a charity that advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. We work on issues as diverse as school and hospital food standards, community food growing, reducing food waste, real bread, sustainable fish and sustainable food cities.

Sustain has an excellent track record of successful fundraising, and running influential projects and campaigns to improve the food system. So far, over the past decade or more, we have secured funding on a project-by-project basis, with fundraising mainly undertaken by project officers and the management team. We pride ourselves on our innovative, creative and timely project development, and often develop work in partnership with other organisations. We have secured funding from a wide range of sources over the years, including charitable foundations; European, national and local government; the Lottery; contributions from members; with some income from events and selling publications. Funding sources are listed in Sustain’s Annual Reports, click here

Sustain is now looking for a Senior Fundraiser with a proven track record in securing major donations and grants to provide strategic direction for all our fundraising activity and to lead, manage and develop our fundraising, working closely with Sustain project officers and the management team. The successful applicant will manage and oversee all fundraising activities to meet income targets, keep track of opportunities, and identify new opportunities for Sustain. The Fundraising Manager will have no line management duties directly, but will work with all staff to refine fundraising ideas, coordinate their applications to trusts, foundations and for tenders, and help implement other fundraising activities through Sustain’s work. Reporting to Sustain’s Coordinator, you will be responsible for effectively developing and managing the charity’s range of funding streams, alongside developing a successful fundraising strategy in order to grow and maximise the charity’s overall income and sustainability.

If successful in reaching preliminary targets, we are keen to explore extending the contract and the potential to increase the size of the fundraising team.

Fundraising tasks and responsibilities
• Develop and contribute to the implementation of a successful fundraising strategy that meets the needs of Sustain.
• Understand Sustain’s budget and funding model, to identify gaps in funding and opportunities for fundraising.
• Help Sustain to meet annual income targets, to finance current projects and to generate surplus funds that enable Sustain to initiate new projects.
• Research opportunities for core and project funding from a range of sources, including – but not limited to – trusts and charitable foundations; the Lottery; European, national and local government; innovation funds. Work with Sustain staff to ensure these are exploited effectively and appropriately, and support them in preparing applications and tenders.
• Keep track of known opportunities, and identify new opportunities for funding.
• Develop and oversee delivery of an annual calendar of engaging fundraising activities and events, working closely with Sustain project staff.
• Develop and implement fundraising initiatives to increase support from, and enhance our profile with, individual and corporate donors, within the limits of Sustain’s ethical funding guidelines (which prohibits accepting money from the food and farming industries).
• Identify key supporters, major donors and those with the potential to provide long-term support, and work with Sustain’s management team to approach them for funding.
• Ensure that the cost of fundraising is kept in acceptable proportion to the funds raised.
• Explore new avenues for fundraising, including improving our online fundraising capability

Communication tasks and responsibilities
• Develop effective communication with potential donors and other stakeholders and increase opportunities for giving.
• Act as an ambassador for Sustain, maintaining regular contact with major individual donors and trusts and others currently funding Sustain.
• Ensure timely acknowledgment of income to all donors and accurate and comprehensive donor and income records.
• Prepare funding reports, for discussion with Sustain’s management team and review by Sustain’s Board of Trustees (which meets quarterly).

Person specification

• At least 4 years recent experience of successfully securing income from a wide range of charitable sources.
• Demonstrable experience of successful fundraising, such as applications to charitable trusts, working with corporate and individual donors, developing funding relationships with local authorities and innovation funds, and organising community fundraising.
• Experience of preparing and managing budgets and preparing financial reports.
• Experience of writing and designing material suitable for website, social media, and management reports.
• Experience of creating and sustaining positive relationships with a diverse range of supporters and donors.
• Experience of working with staff and managing volunteers to undertake fundraising tasks.
• Excellent communication and presentation skills.
• The ability to represent Sustain effectively and communicate with a range of stakeholders.

• Experience of working in the charitable sector for an organisation working on food, or at least sustainability, environmental and/or health issues.
• Understanding of, and passion for, healthy and sustainable food.

Application procedure:

Please send a CV and brief cover letter, by email to by Weds 5 March, 5pm.

Successful candidates will be notified by 10 March to be interviewed on 14 March. Due to the number of applications we receive we aren’t able to respond to unsuccessful candidates.

For further information click here.

Charity Number: 1118616 | Company Number: 4323551