Combat Stress | Surrey, KT22 0BX (taxi shuttle available from Leatherhead station) | Up to £50,000

Contact Sarah: 07538 576710 sarah@quarterfive.co.uk LinkedIn

About the charity/role

Combat Stress was established in 1919 and is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. In this, their centenary year, they are stepping up their commitment to help former servicemen and women deal with trauma related mental health conditions like PTSD, anxiety and depression.

90% of the charity’s income comes from voluntary sources and this combined with the inescapable fact that the veteran population has changed significantly, means that Combat Stress has undergone a programme of strategic review looking at what they do, who they serve and how they provide their service. In May this year, they launched the fundraising appeal, At Ease, with the aim of raising £10million over three years to help them transform into an organisation that is more responsive and geared towards a younger, more diverse veteran population.

The Major Donor Manager will be responsible for line managing a team of three (Senior Major Gifts Officer, Major Gifts and Research Executive and Appeal Project Manager) and will sit within the wider fundraising team of 30, reporting to the Director of Fundraising.

Job specification

Combat Stress need a Major Gift Manager to help transition their philanthropic giving into a modern, sustainable programme by:

  • leading a small but established major donor team, raising a personal target of £350,000, feeding into a team target of £3.5million
  • leading major donor activity, continuing face to face and relational development of a portfolio of c.500 individuals, securing continued mid and low level giving and bringing on high level support
  • developing fundraising resources, working closely with internal and external stakeholders, including an excellent Fundraising Development Board made up of royalty, senior military figures, politicians and titans of business, securing six and seven figure gifts.
Person specification

The position would best suit:

  • an ambitious, creative fundraiser, looking to grow income and donor demographics
  • someone with, or looking for, line management responsibility; the right candidate does not need to have line management experience and will be supported fully by the Director of Fundraising
  • an externally focused relationship builder, motivated by generating new income by engaging new funders and developing excellent proposals
  • someone who can expertly steward, manage and develop funding relationships
  • a proactive and confident team player, looking to work in a non-hierarchical, fast paced, high profile charity that is undergoing an exciting time of change.

Applications close on Wednesday 31 July. In the first instance, please send me a CV that meets the above specification. Applicants with suitable experienced will be invited to write a cover letter, which I can assist with.


Contact Sarah: 07538 576710 sarah@quarterfive.co.uk LinkedIn

To apply for this role, please send a CV that, where possible, specifies your fundraising achievements. If your experience is a good fit, we will send you a job description and arrange a briefing call or meeting that will provide you with all the information required to formally apply. QuarterFive aims to proactively support your job search, so we may also consider your details for other job vacancies to enable us to find a position that is most suitable for you.

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