Appointed Trusts Manager

War Child

War Child are an international children’s charity that believes children’s lives should not be torn apart by war. It is the only specialist charity for children affected by conflict, with four main areas of work: protecting children, educating children, supporting communities and campaigning.

The charity are renowned for their creative, innovative and entrepreneurial approach, with strong connections to the gaming, music and creative industries. In 2021, the charity supported over 140,000 children and adults – making it one of their strongest years ever.

Their multi-award-winning fundraising team aim to bring a bold, inspiring, informative, and personalised approach to everyone they come into contact with. They also strive to build and maintain relationships with supporters based on trust, transparency, and accountability.

The Trusts Manager is responsible for driving income generation from trusts and foundations and managing strategic partnerships. This role plays a crucial part in implementing the organisation’s fundraising strategy, focusing on cultivating relationships with key prospects and supporters, crafting tailored applications, and building strong partnerships to expand sustainable income. Working closely with the philanthropy team, the trusts manager will identify funding needs, secure funds for existing grants, and raises income for new projects.

About the role

As Trusts Manager, you will:

  • Identify, qualify, and build strategies to contribute to a healthy pipeline of multi-year grants for both unrestricted and restricted giving working towards a team target of £4.1 million
  • Support and manage a partnership with a lottery partnership worth £3m
  • Utilise a relationship-management approach to generate substantial income from existing and new donors at five and six figure level
  • Work with the senior trusts and foundations manager, trusts executive and philanthropy team to identify funding requirements, develop compelling proposals and projects, and write detailed reports for donors

About you

Ideal skills and experience: 

  • Experience in a similar fundraising position, with specialised expertise in trust fundraising, preferably within an international development or humanitarian NGO
  • Ability to work autonomously to develop and implement fundraising strategies, with a proven track record of securing significant donations and achieving targets
  • A team-oriented individual who collaborates effectively with program funding and operations teams to transform complex projects into compelling and successful cases for support, both verbally and in writing
  • Proficiency in project management, with the ability to manage multiple stakeholders and influence senior staff


Employee Benefits

  • Flexible working – War Child recognise the considerable benefits that flexible working can bring and are happy to discuss any possible flexible working options with employees from hiring. For most roles, the following types of flexibility are usually possible: flexible hours, an element of working from home, compressed hours.
  • Annual leave – 28 days per year (full-time) rising to 33 days with service, plus UK bank holidays
  • Pension – all eligible employees automatically enrolled into a Group Personal Pension Plan with a 5% employer contribution, with minimum employee contribution on a salary sacrifice basis
  • Family leave – enhanced maternity, paternity & shared parental leave, and family friendly policies
  • Health & wellbeing – employees may take advantage of a healthcare cash plan and a range of wellbeing initiatives and training. In addition, all employees have access to free, confidential one-to-one wellbeing consultations with trained counsellors.
  • Learning & development – dedicated to the investment in learning and continuing professional development for all our employees
  • Range of flexible benefits such a Cycle to Work scheme and season ticket loans

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