Corporate Fundraising Manager

Corporate Fundraising Manager


Start date: October/November 2012

Location: London

Salary: £30-40k



Are you…


Excited about joining a fast-growing, business-like charity that has grown from zero to £20M turnover in 4 years?


Passionate about making a lasting difference to communities across the UK?


Motivated by being a significant part of a fundraising team that is looking to diversity our organisation’s income streams?



We are looking for a talented individual to raise funds, primarily through the development of new corporate partnerships but also through the management of some our existing high quality corporate partnerships.  These roles require excellent relationship building skills and perseverance combined with careful attention to detail and comfort with the language and needs of the corporate world.  The successful applicant will join a growing fundraising team and will have significant influence on the future of the organisation’s fundraising strategy whilst gaining experience (and having fun!) in a dynamic and supportive environment.


About The Challenge Network

The Challenge Network (TCN) is a youth and community charity that brings together local people across social divides to strengthen themselves and their communities.  We are a fast-growing charity founded in 2009 and headquartered in Central London, with operations across London, the West Midlands and Northwest England.  We deliver two programmes: The Challenge (a summer programme and part of the government’s NCS scheme) and The Challenge Society (a year-round graduate programme that is funded through fundraising and earned income).


You can learn more about us at


About the opportunity

You will be working with the Head of Development to achieve a fundraising target through the acquisition of corporate partnerships. The role will encompass both new business development and selected existing account management.  The Corporate Fundraising Manager’s key responsibilities are:

  • New accounts
    • Identifying and researching potential corporate partners
    • Creating and promoting a compelling corporate offer
    • Managing the full life-cycle of corporate relationships from acquisition through to recognition, engagement and on-going contributions
    • Existing relationships
      • Managing a select portfolio of existing relationships; including follow-up meetings, repeat proposal writing and volunteer coordination
      • Other
        • Writing applications to relevant corporate charitable trusts
        • Supporting the Head of Development and broader Development team on other projects as needed


About you  

  • Skills and personal strengths
    • Strong interpersonal skills  
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills  
    • Tenacious and resilient – you are not afraid to ask and you never give up
    • Ability to translate what the charity offers into a product that businesses want
    • Comfortable with numbers
    • Detail oriented
    • Strategic thinker – Can build a 2-5 year plan for corporate fund generation
    • An energetic, enthusiastic and persuasive personality
    • Thrives in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment
    • Strong team player
    • Experience
      • Experience running multiple projects concurrently
      • Familiarity with interacting with senior audiences and ability to have significant gravitas
      • Track record of successful fundraising from corporate sector, charitable foundations, philanthropists, public sector grants (desirable but not required)
      • Interests
        • Interest in building stronger communities and seeing positive change in society
        • Desire to help grow the fundraising team and revenues for a relatively new but large organisation

Further Details 

  • This is a permanent, full-time role based in London, ideally starting in October 2012 
  • This position may require non-traditional working hours at times, and ~1 evening event per week should be expected. 
  • Please apply by sending a CV and a short cover letter (no more than one page) explaining why you are right for the role to [email protected].  Applications are  due by Friday 5 October.


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