Head of Philanthropy

£55,000 to £65,000, permanent

Location flexible. Mixture of office based (The Phoenix Brewery, 13 Bramley Road, London W10 6SZ) and home based

about mental health innovations

Mental Health Innovations (MHI) is a digital mental health charity which develops new ways to help people have conversations about mental health. Our purpose is to transform lives across the UK by improving access to digital resources and mental health support. We combine digital innovation, data-driven analysis and the experience of mental health experts to make new technologies available to organisations across the sector.

MHI was founded in 2017, with the support of the Royal Foundation following their successful Heads Together campaign. Our first main service is Shout 85258, a free 24/7 text messaging service. Shout has just reached the important milestone of enabling one million conversations and providing support to over 400,000 children, young people and adults in distress across the UK.

MHI and Shout have ambitious goals over the next few years. We want to make sure we are there for anyone who is struggling to cope, no matter where they are or what time of day it is.

It is an exciting time to join the charity, as we have successfully grown our income over the last five years and diversified our portfolio to now include income streams across philanthropy, central government, corporate, public and commissioned partnerships. This has enabled us to meet demand for our core service, Shout, which rocketed over the pandemic and continues to grow.

the role

  • Newly-created Head of Philanthropy position, established following a strategic review of fundraising and identification of opportunities for this income stream
  • Significant potential for growth in major donor and trusts income, with a focus on gifts at 6- and 7-figure level
  • Opportunity to influence the strategic direction of philanthropy programme – balancing weighting across major donors and trusts
  • Cultivate and steward new and existing high-value relationships, with a focus on proactive pipeline development and establishing new opportunities
  • Strategic role with significant hands-on and externally-facing elements
  • Work with internal stakeholders including the board and CEO to explore income opportunities from their networks, facilitating introductions where appropriate
  • Leadership of a Development Manager who has their own portfolio of relationships, supporting them to create donor cultivation events and ensuring high quality stewardship

the person

  • Senior high-value fundraising leadership at a small or medium-sized charity, with personal expertise in securing 6- and 7-figure donations
  • The ideal candidate would either be an established team head, or a senior manager looking to step up in responsibility and increased strategic responsibilities
  • Experience managing a high-value income programme worth at least £1m annually
  • Excellent relationship builder with internal and external stakeholder management expertise
  • An expert in high-value income generation and relationship management. Background in major donor and/or trusts fundraising and in making asks both face to face and via written proposals
  • Ability to be the strategic lead across major donors and trusts but comfortable in remaining donor facing, working within a direct team of two, and closely with CEO and Director of Income, to ensure success with a focus on long-term sustainable growth
  • Thrives in developing pipelines and new donor/funder relationships 
  • Collaborative and enabling style of management with a proactive approach to income generation and identification of new opportunities

how to apply

To apply please get in touch with Janice Hardy at QuarterFive Fundraising Recruitment, via the form below, by emailing janice@quarterfive.co.uk or by calling 07939 142426.

The closing date is Friday 11 March, with interviews being held 15 March.

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