Head of Philanthropy

Tonbridge, Kent
Competitive Salary Dependant On Experience
08 Jun 2018
06 Jul 2018
Job Level
Senior Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

An exciting opportunity for a dynamic, capable, ‘hands-on’ Philanthropy Manager to join our small, talented team at YMCA West Kent.  In this vital role, you will lead in securing donations [£1k to £500k+] identifying and approaching Trusts and Foundations whilst building and cultivating excellent relationships with Corporate Partners and Major Donors.  
You will: 

show drive, influence and inspirational flair 

share our passion for making a real difference for vulnerable young people in our community 

play a strategic, developmental role in our growth by increasing our impact and sustainability 

receive all the support and expert knowledge you need to be as successful as you can 

enjoy opportunities to grow, learn, develop and try new things in an empowering organisation


We are seeking a tenacious, self-motivated person to: 

diversify and deliver an improved fundraising strategy, including legacies and individual giving 

steward relationships with our major donors to bring them closer to the charity to better understand their impact on clients and maximise the value they bring to YMCA West Kent 

develop and nurture relationships with our Corporate Partners 

deliver an enhanced Trusts and Foundation grants programme 

support project managers, staff, volunteers and beneficiaries in specific fund raising and tenders


To increase the impact and sustainability of our work with young people you will bring your: 

considerable expertise in managing and developing Corporate Partnerships, Major Donors, Legacies, Trust and Foundation grant support – being a catalyst for change 

exceptional communication skills with an inspiring, engaging, positive, proactive style 

excellent attention to detail and an engaging writing style 

personable, engaging nature to secure and develop new opportunities 

ability to collaborate with projects and clients and co-produce letters, bids, tenders and reports


We will offer you: 

a friendly, team environment where you will feel valued by trustees, colleagues and clients 

28 days paid annual leave in addition to all UK bank holidays  

excellent pension scheme  

healthcare scheme and free confidential helpline 

fantastic work/life balance including the opportunity for some flexible/home working 

free parking and easy access by public transport 

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