Fundraising Executive - Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser

  • Job Reference: AWDO-P4948
  • Date Posted: 26 July 2019
  • Recruiter: Guide Dogs
  • Location: Reading, Berkshire
  • Salary: £21,568 to £22,838
  • Bonus/Benefits: + Excellent Benefits
  • Sector: Marketing, Not For Profit, Charity, Third Sector
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: CV Response Team

Job Description

Fundraising Executive known within the organisation as a Trusts Executive, that has significant experience as a desk/ office based fundraiser with strong writing and creative skills is required to join an established team at Guide Dogs in Reading, Berkshire.


SALARY: £21,568 - £22,838 per annum

BENEFITS: 26 Days Holiday plus Bank Holidays (rising to 28 days after 3 years’ service), Contributory Pension Plan, Flexible Benefits (includes: Gym Membership, Travel Insurance, Healthcare and Hospital Treatment Plan, Dental Insurance, Additional Life Assurance, Health Screening, Buying and Selling Annual Leave (up to 3 days), Cashback on Salary (up to 2% of salary equivalent)), Retail Discount and Cashback Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Enhanced Occupational Sick, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay above statutory minimum, Childcare Vouchers and Eye Care Vouchers


LOCATION: Reading, Berkshire

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Permanent

WORKING HOURS: 35 Hours per Week, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday


APPLICATION PROCESS: Once we’ve reviewed your CV, we will email over some extra details regarding the application process that you will need to complete as soon as possible. Please keep an eye out for our email.


** Join and Help this Great Charity **



We have a fantastic new job opportunity within an established team for a resourceful Fundraising Executive that has significant experience as a desk / office based fundraiser with strong writing and creative skills to help implement the Charity’s strategy.

As the Fundraising Executive, you will approach new and existing Trusts and Foundations to maximise income from charitable trusts.

When applying for the Fundraising Executive, you will need to evidence, using specific examples, how your skills and experience meet the criteria required for this role.

As a successful candidate, you will have the support and development needed when joining the Charity’s established team. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a growing and fulfilling environment where your efforts will be greatly appreciated by the Charity and the thousands of people they help.



If this job looks like your ideal position, then please send in your CV as soon as possible for our Recruitment Team to review.



Your duties and responsibilities as the Fundraising Executive:

  • Approaching new and existing Trusts and Foundations ensuring exceptional donor care and stewardship to maximise income from Charitable Trusts. Work with the Trust Manager and Senior Trust Executive to regularly review feedback from donors to support future planning
  • Promote the Charity to new and existing funding sources to engage and build stronger relationships with Charitable Trusts, increase income and grow the Trusts and Foundations portfolio
  • Working with the Trust team, implement the Trusts and Foundations strategy of developing relationships and growing prospects. Using the phone and innovative methods to endorse the Charity, develop existing relationships and proactively identify new donor links/contacts. Work with the Trust Manager to review and develop proposals and identify ways to increase income
  • Work in close collaboration with colleagues in the Philanthropy and Partnerships team and other departments to match funding criteria to the right project(s)
  • Work with the Project Coordinator, Prospect Research team and other key departments to ensure suitable approaches are made to donors and the Charities projects are matched with the most appropriate funder
  • Monitoring, tracking and evaluation
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date donor records on the Charity database to ensure effective stewardship, tracking of donors and prospects in the pipeline, and income reporting


Working at Guide Dogs is much more than just a job. Through the values that guide our work, we make a real difference, and change lives.

We believe that wellbeing at work is about creating an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows all employees to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and for Guide Dogs.

As a member of staff, we offer you a wide range of benefits to suit your individual needs. These include; 26 days’ holiday plus bank holidays (rising to 28 days after 3 years' service), flexible benefits package and a defined contribution group personal pension plan.



  • Significant experience as a desk / office based fundraiser
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, at all levels
  • Strong writing and creative skills – experience working on bid-writing desirable
  • Persuasive, flexible, enthusiastic, well-organised with the ability to work on own initiative and multi-task
  • Demonstrable experience of networking and building relationships
  • Solid understanding of the principles of Trust fundraising.
  • Eligibility to work in the UK (The Charity cannot provide sponsorship for this role)

The Charity is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults with whom they work. They expect all of their employees and volunteers to fully share this commitment.

Please note: we reserve the right to close any of our vacancies early.



APPLICATION PROCESS: Once we’ve reviewed your CV, we will email over some extra details regarding the application process that you will need to complete as soon as possible. Please keep an eye out for our email.

CV’s of Job Applicants meeting this requirement may also be submitted to our Client for consideration. By submitting your job application to us you are hereby giving us your express consent to submit your details to our Client for this purpose.


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