Appointed Development Director

MCC Foundation

The MCC Foundation (MCCF) is the charitable arm of Marylebone Cricket Club, the most famous cricket club in the world and owner of Lord’s Cricket Ground, the “Home of Cricket”.

They work in the UK and around the world to provide life-changing opportunities through cricket and to ensure that it can be a game for all. MCCF serves thousands of beneficiaries each year from some of the most deprived communities in the UK, Lebanon, South and East Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka, helping them to fulfil their potential through cricket and spreading the game globally.

Fundraising at MCCF is predominantly linked to high value sources. As such, we’re seeking a skilled major gifts fundraiser who can support them in growing and diversifying their income portfolio, enabling the organisation to do more across the globe and via their hubs.

As Development Director you will work closely with the Chief Executive, Chair and Trustees to maximise network opportunities. The role will combine fundraising from new sources while ensuring exceptional stewardship of existing supporters, putting donor relationships at the heart of the fundraising strategy to ensure long term, committed support.

2023 marks the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Year, with lots of exciting activities underway and in the planning: new projects are being launched, their Patron, Stephen Fry, is settling into his new role as MCC President, and they are seeing a significant increase in diversity across their booming number of global beneficiaries.

The broad and varied nature of MCCF’s work means that they need to increase funding and diversify the income portfolio to realise their ambitions. Total income for last year was c.£1.15m (sources include HNWIs, regular givers, trusts, foundations, events and legacies).

About the role

As Development Director you will:

  • lead on core activities within the fundraising strategy, focusing on driving long-term relationships with new and existing high value fundraising sources including: HNWIs, trusts and foundations and corporate partnerships;
  • work closely with the Chief Executive and Chair to ensure exceptional donor stewardship, taking a lead/supporting role as appropriate when working with key stakeholders and supporters;
  • put stewardship at the heart of all fundraising activity, ensuring the donor experience is exceptional and fitting of such a prestigious institution;
  • develop a pipeline of prospects and establish appropriate solicitation plans/donor journeys, effectively utilising the CRM (Salesforce) to support team success;
  • work to a senior level and build meaningful relationships with all key stakeholders (internal and external) to further a culture of philanthropy that drives income growth and maximises network opportunities.

About you

The role would best suit:

  • an experienced major donor/high value fundraiser, with proven expertise of soliciting and securing major gifts;
  • an outstanding relationship builder, focused on the bigger picture and able to build rapport with a variety of audiences (internal and external) at the most senior levels;
  • a fundraiser who is experienced in working with senior management and Trustees to unlock new opportunities and ensure exceptional stewardship of supporters;
  • an individual with diplomacy and tact, happy to play a supporting role as required and mindful of the dynamics of working within a small team.

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