Appointed Senior Philanthropy & Partnerships Manager

Young Roots

Young Roots supports young refugees and asylum seekers aged 11-25, in London, to improve their wellbeing and fulfil their potential. They provide direct services including youth and sporting activities, one-to-one intensive Casework support, access to therapeutic and legal support, English-language learning and youth leadership. Their work has never been more vital as they adapt and respond to the challenges presented by the new ‘Illegal’ Migration Act and its impact on those they support.

This is an exciting time to join Young Roots who have seen remarkable growth and success in recent years, increasing its income from approximately £400k to £1.6 million in just four years. They are now introducing a brand new position, the Senior Philanthropy & Partnerships Manager, offering an exciting mix of fundraising from trusts, foundations, corporate partnerships, and major donors. As part of this role, you will play a vital role in shaping and delivering the new strategic plan for these income streams, set to be implemented in 2024.

Your primary focus will be on cultivating and developing relationships with existing and new trusts and foundations, and stewarding a small portfolio of Charity of the Year corporate partnerships and major donors. Noteworthy funders such as Children In Need, City Bridge Trust, Garfield Weston, and others are already supporting Young Roots with 6-figure, multi-year gifts. You will be an experienced relationship fundraiser, driven by understanding donor motivations and establishing firm connections with high value supporters to develop clear supporter journeys and partnership plans that determine the best next steps for their engagement.

About the role

As Senior Philanthropy & Partnerships Manager you will:

  • manage a portfolio of trusts and foundations giving 6-figure, multi-year gifts; delivering exceptional stewardship and proactively identifying new funding opportunities;
  • steward a handful of existing Charity of the Year corporate partners and major donors, and identify and respond to potential new business opportunities for increased corporate and HNWIs engagement;
  • create bespoke, tailored funding proposals aligned with donors’ interests;
  • produce accurate, informative reports for funders in line with requirements and deadlines;
  • identify and build a pipeline of funding opportunities across income streams;
  • support the Head of Fundraising to develop and implement effective strategies for these income streams.

About you

  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of securing and managing 6-figure, multi-year gifts from trusts and foundations.
  • A good understanding of corporate and major donor fundraising.
  • Experience developing, maintaining and managing relationships with a range of stakeholders.
  • Strong writing skills to convey the need and impact of Young Roots to donors and prospects.
  • Effective organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines.


  • 25 days holiday a year (with additional days given when the office closes at Christmas) plus statutory holidays.
  • Comprehensive Employee Assistance Package.
  • Flexi annual leave, employees have the opportunity to carry forward up to 5 days.
  • The longer you work at Young Roots, the more annual holiday you will be entitled to. This is awarded by 1 day for each complete year achieved as of 1 January each year, up to a maximum of 28 days holiday each year.
  • After 5 years of being with Young Roots, you will receive a one-off extra week holiday (pro-rata for part time employees) to be taken within 2 years.
  • TOIL policy, meaning time off in lieu. This means extra time worked can be taken back by the employee within our TOIL policy.
  • Auto enrolment pension scheme: Young Roots pays 5% of the mandatory 8% and you pay 3%.
  • Young Roots is committed to the continuous learning and development of all staff to enable people to develop individual skills and realise their full potential. The charity aims to engage all staff in training and ensure you get the training you need to do your job well.

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