Fundraising Lead

Key Information

  • Title: Fundraising Lead
  • Reporting to: Our Time CEO
  • Salary: £160 per day
  • Contract Type: Freelance
  • Hours: 2 days (16 hours) per week
  • Location:   You will be required to attend some meetings in person, so you must be willing to travel.

Background Information

We’re looking for an exceptional Fundraising Lead to join our team and lead on fundraising for the charity. You will be required to research funds, write bids and develop a creative approach to fundraising and generating the income we need to sustain and grow our services and programmes.

It’s an exciting time to join Our Time. We are featuring in a high profile programme on national television; our podcast My Family, Mental Illness and Me, launched last year, made it into the top 5% of downloads worldwide and was featured in the national press; we won silver at the Charity Film Awards; and we are about to roll out a number of new outreach projects through our flagship programmes: KidsTime Workshops and Our Time Schools.

We need someone to help consolidate our achievements and contribute to the long-term success of the charity.


Our new Fundraising Lead will bring a wealth of experience, gained through working with Trusts, Foundations and Individual and Corporate Donors, to play a key part in our strategy moving forward. Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Work with the CEO to generate and implement a fundraising strategy and plan.
  • Work to review and enhance our pipeline of Trusts and Foundations.
  • Produce considered and effective proposals for support, to maximise both sustainable restricted and, particularly, unrestricted income.
  • Manage and develop key relationships with funders.
  • Record donations and ensure that donors are thanked and stewarded appropriately, with Gift Aid claimed, if applicable.
  • Develop original fundraising campaigns, as well as getting involved with wider philanthropic opportunities.
  • Create opportunities for maximising unrestricted income from all donors.
  • Identify learnings and work with our Marketing and Communications Manager to create suitable and sustainable fundraising messaging and communications.
  • Report regularly on bid outcomes, pipelines and risk to support financial forecasting.

Person Specification

Essential experience and qualifications

  • At least 5 years’ experience in gaining donations from Trusts and Foundations
  • Demonstrable track record of successfully applying to Trusts and Foundations, with strong examples of £10k-£50k+ successful applications
  • Proven track record of working to and exceeding income generation targets
  • Experience of relationship management and stewardship of professional philanthropic organisations and individuals.
  • Good understanding of fundraising guidelines and legalities
  • Proven track record of monitoring and evaluation
  • Good understanding of prospect research of Trusts and Foundations, high net worth individuals and statutory funding opportunities
  • Working knowledge of budget processing and annual accounts

Desirable experience and qualifications

  • Educated to degree level
  • Experience working in the mental health or families’ charitable sector
  • Experience of working within a small but growing charity

Essential skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the credibility and authority to inspire others
  • Strong persuasive and negotiating skills which result in positive outcomes, with the resilience and motivation to overcome initial negative responses to proposals
  • Able to apply learnings from declined applications, to increase likelihood of successful applications in future
  • Budget management – experience in financial modelling, planning, forecasting and monitoring
  • Able to work independently and remotely, but also as part of a small team alongside colleagues
  • Confident at building and managing relationships with stakeholders at all levels
  • Highly organised and comfortable working at pace across a number of projects

Desirable skills

  • Proficient user of Salesforce or other CRM software

Application process

Please submit a CV and a cover letter to by 1st June 2022