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Trusts and Major Gifts Fundraiser

Main purpose of role: Raise income from grant making organisations and mid-high level individuals.

Reporting to: Fundraising Manager

Hours: 3-5 days per week.


  • Salary of £27,000-£32,000 per year dependent on experience (FTE)
  • 28 days holiday pro rata (including Bank Holidays)
  • A 3% pension contribution (after qualifying period)

Location: Hybrid working, days in office based at Thremhall Park, CM22 7WE

About the role
We are looking for a confident and organised Trusts and Major Gifts Fundraiser to join our fun, supportive and flexible fundraising team. This is a really exciting time to join our charity.

Our Trusts and Major Gifts Fundraiser will deliver Grove Cottage’s strategy around grant making organisations and mid-high level individual supporters. You will maximise income by researching and developing relationships with grant making organisations and mid-high level individuals. You will deliver written and verbal approaches for financial support and provide a high standard of stewardship.

About Grove Cottage
Grove Cottage (Registered Charity number 1122298) is the home of Mencap in Bishop’s Stortford and provides social and educational activities for people of all ages with a learning disability. We aim to develop our members’ potential and help them to avoid social isolation by supporting lifelong friendships. We also provide vital respite for their families and carers.

Grove Cottage supports approximately 180 individuals, and their families and carers. We run different services, aimed at all ages and abilities and are currently embarking on a large capital campaign. For more information please go to

Main Responsibilities

 Grant Making Organisations

  • Develop relationships with trusts, foundations and other grant making bodies to build strong and enduring relationships to support Grove Cottage’s work.
  • Carry out research to identify grant making organisations for potential funding.
  • Plan approaches according to application deadlines.
  • Produce written applications of the highest standard for the above portfolio of donors.
  • Create appealing funding opportunities, based on Grove Cottage’s various areas of work.
  • Meet with representatives from grant-making organisations as necessary.
  • Produce timely reports for funders, demonstrating relevant impact and outcomes.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records.
  • Liaise with other members of the Fundraising team and other departments within the organisation, ensuring a coordinated approach to fundraising initiatives.

Major Donors

  • Develop and nurture relationships with Major Donors and mid-high level individuals.
  • Meet with potential and existing donors and provide excellent supporter care.
  • Provide the appropriate level of stewardship to individual donors.
  • Identify and develop engagement and cultivation opportunities.
  • Maintain accurate records of communications with all external contacts.

Skills and Experience

Qualifications and work experience: Good understanding of the charity sector. Experience of working in fundraising. Individuals with experience in Trusts and/ or Major Donor fundraising are particularly encouraged to apply. Fundraising qualification desirable.

Verbal communication: Confident telephone manner and excellent verbal English. Experience of meeting with, and presenting to, a variety of audiences.

Written communication: Excellent written English. Able to adapt appropriate style for different audiences, including persuasive proposal-writing.

Time Management: Well organised, capable of managing own time and working to strict deadlines.

Building and maintaining relationships: Diplomatic, personable, skilled at influencing. Able to work well within a team.

IT: Good IT skills, competent user of Microsoft Office software, working knowledge of fundraising databases.

Analytical: Ability to analyse information methodically and efficiently. Research experience.

Other: Creative, strong attention to detail.

Further information:

  • To apply, please email a CV and covering letter to Esme Willcocks at
  • Closing date Monday 20th February 2023
  • The offer of this post is subject to enhanced DBS checks, references and a three-month probation period.

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