Appointed Senior Philanthropy Manager and Senior Philanthropy Manager – Scotland


Every day millions of people struggle with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. Households facing homelessness are the highest since records began, with new figures showing that 79,840 households faced homelessness in England in the first quarter of 2023.

Shelter exists to defend the right to a safe home. Their advice and support services offer one-to-one help with housing issues and homelessness. They work in communities to understand the problem and change the system. They run national campaigns to fight for change at the top. And their solicitors help people who’ve lost their homes or are facing eviction.

Shelter are looking for two fantastic major donor fundraisers to join their team. They have ambitious plans to significantly grow income to over £3 million a year and are seeking a proactive Senior Philanthropy Manager and Senior Philanthropy Manager – Scotland to play a pivotal role in their success.

The postholders will manage a warm portfolio of HNWIs giving 5 and 6-figure gifts, and will also build relationships and solicit gifts from new donors with capacity to give £50k gifts. The Philanthropy team focus on delivering tailored, creative and impactful supporter journeys to connect donors to their work and demonstrate the impact of their support. The Senior Philanthropy Manager will also line manage a Philanthropy Manager, providing leadership that allows them to thrive in their role.

About the role

As Senior Philanthropy Manager, you will:

  • Maintain and uplift a small portfolio of existing major donors by delivering a programme of excellent donor cultivation and stewardship
  • Develop strategically aligned and compelling funding propositions to inspire support
  • Proactively build a pipeline of new major donor opportunities, by employing new acquisition strategies, with a focus on peer-to-peer approach
  • Establish relationships with prospects and solicit £50k+ major gifts

About you

Ideal skills and experience:

  • Experience of personally managing and developing a major donor portfolio with donors giving 5 and 6-figure gifts
  • Experience identifying major giving opportunities, building a pipeline and soliciting £50k gifts from HNWIs
  • Ability to work closely with leadership, senior volunteers and/or influencers to unlock peer connections and leverage new or uplifted support
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to communicate and influence others through both verbal and written media
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to translate organisational needs into compelling funding proposals and reports


  • Flexible working hours
  • Flexible working practices
  • 30 days paid holiday plus bank holidays
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Salary sacrifice schemes
  • Season ticket
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Apply for this role

Application is via a CV and cover letter.

First interviews w/c 11 September.

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