Appointed Head of Fundraising


£55,000 to £60,000

About the organisation/role

Cranstoun is a social justice and harm reduction charity with global ambitions. They provide services and programmes for adults and young people who need support addressing their use of alcohol and other drugs, domestic abuse, housing and those in contact with the criminal justice system. Cranstoun’s work is broad-based, including community-based outreach to harm reduction support, treatment and recovery services and personal support.

The sale of an asset yielded £3m, which was ringfenced for innovation and development. A portion of this capital has been assigned to creating a new Head of Fundraising role, which will launch voluntary income generation.

There is great potential in driving voluntary income to support new products from the work of innovation and development.

Voluntary income is almost a blank slate but will build on some recent case for support, brand and website work undertaken by a fundraising consultant. Cranstoun has had previous success with trusts/foundations including Esmée Fairbairn, Garfield Weston, and some smaller community giving foundations.

Supported by a new CEO and a fresh vision to deliver world-class services to the UK and beyond, there has never been a better time to develop voluntary income

Job description

The Head of Fundraising will have lead responsibility for building Cranstoun’s reputation and relationships with donors, raising the organisation’s profile outside its traditional contract markets, developing a prospect pipeline and, once the foundations of a sustainable programme are in place, securing voluntary income that will fund the projects identified for this support.

The post holder will join as Cranstoun’s sole fundraiser, but the function can grow as plans solidify and cases for investment are written. Initially, the Head of Fundraising will form strong working relationships with key peers in the Customer department, build cases for support and develop a fundraising strategy, before developing plans to grow the team.

Trusts and foundations are likely to be an early focus, but the Head of Fundraising will have the autonomy and support to develop income as they see fit. Given the breadth and depth of Cranstoun’s work, propositions tailored to companies and major donors likely have strong potential, as would events and public giving over the long term.

Person specification

The role would best suit a senior fundraiser with broad, high-value income generation experience and particular expertise in trusts and foundations. Familiarity with creating cases for support in conjunction with service leaders would be highly advantageous, as would experience working at an organisation with a diverse range of geographically dispersed services.

We’re looking for someone with a proven ability to create and embed the systems, processes and internal relationships that underpin a sustainable fundraising programme, coupled with the drive and experience needed to create a voluntary income programme from the ground up.

There’s a huge opportunity here to have a significant impact across the organisation. If you have the required skills and experience, a strong connection to our charitable purpose and a track record in achieving fundraising targets in excess of £400K per annum, we’d love to hear from you.

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