Head of Philanthropy

Salary: £54,000

London SE1, with flexible working

Introduction from Jo Maugham

I founded Good Law Project back in 2017 without a single big backer and no employees. I held the simple belief that the law could be used to create a better world; a world where democratic norms are upheld, the environment is protected and the most marginalised groups in our society are no longer ignored.

Since then, Good Law Project’s growth has been nothing short of meteoric. We have won a series of landmark victories, from preventing the Prime Minister proroguing Parliament to securing declarations from the High Court that the Government had acted unlawfully by handing lucrative contracts to their associates. Our work has filled newspaper columns, TV screens, and social media feeds. It has been the focus of PMQs and Select Committee hearings.

Our success to date has only been possible thanks to the support of thousands of people across the UK who share our values and value our work. We are funded primarily by individual donations, with 25,000 people supporting us by direct debit and thousands more making one-off donations every month. We also receive a small number of high-value grants and donations to fund specific areas of work.

Looking ahead

Good Law Project has ambitious plans for the future. We will continue to build on our early track record of bringing successful strategic litigation, whilst exploring bold new initiatives for how the law can be used to build a better society. We want to use the law to empower individuals to create change in their own communities and work with partners to extend our impact and reach in civil society.

We know that individuals support our work because they see the impact that we have. As we embark on a series of new initiatives, we want to diversify our income streams and develop a high-value donation programme to support the execution of our vision.

The right candidate to design and deliver this programme will thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. As the first position of its kind within Good Law Project, they will be able to craft strategy, skilfully manage relationships and be comfortable with hands-on delivery.

If this sounds like you and the prospect of what Good Law Project wants to achieve excites you, then we would very much like to hear from you.

Jo Maugham
Director of Good Law Project

About the role

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to shape philanthropy from the ground up at a high-profile and rapidly expanding organisation. The Head of Philanthropy is a new, senior position responsible for developing Good Law Project’s philanthropic fundraising strategy and leading on the development of relationships with HNWIs and trusts. Already in receipt of direct approaches from HNWIs, this is an opportunity to establish a major donor function with the backing of a well-connected and highly supportive SMT and board.

Initially focused on developing our understanding of the potential of philanthropy at Good Law Project, you will design a strategy for this new income stream and set targets within the first 6 months. You will work closely with our Executive Director, Jo Maugham, as well as our non-executive Board Directors and current donors, to expand our fundraising base among philanthropists and family foundations. This will include developing comprehensive stewardship plans for these relationships and effectively managing internal stakeholders to support these plans.

Person specification

  • Experienced major donor or high-value fundraiser with a track record of securing major gifts
  • Outstanding relationship builder, able to build rapport with a variety of internal and external audiences
  • Confidence in establishing the infrastructure underpinning a solid philanthropy programme
  • Experience in designing and implementing a long-term growth strategy
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • An entrepreneurial self-starter, with the enthusiasm and energy to spot new opportunities
  • Exacting standards, attention to detail and outstanding written and verbal communication skills

How to apply

In the first instance, please send your CV using the form below, or get in touch with Laura Macnamara at QuarterFive to discuss the role and your suitability.

Submission deadline of Tuesday 11 January. Extensive support and insight is available to suitable applicants.


Closing date Tuesday 11 January
First stage interviews w/c 24 January
Second stage interviews w/c 31 January

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