Philanthropy Manager (Maternity Cover)


War Child works with children who, as a result of conflict, live with a combination of poverty, exclusion and insecurity. These children might include street children, child headed households, children conscripted into armed groups, and children who have been put in prison. Our mission is to support and improve the care and protection of children and young people who live with a combination of insecurity, poverty and exclusion in some of the worse conflict-affected places. We look forward to a world in which the lives of children are no longer torn apart by war. This is a vision that can only be realised through the collective actions of children themselves, communities and their leaders, organisations like War Child, governments and key decision makers.

Purpose of Post:

With an excellent understanding of relationship based fundraising and hands-on fundraising abilities, you will work both independently and with the Philanthropy and Global Partnering team to generate income from a portfolio of existing and prospective donors. Results oriented, you will have strong interpersonal and management skills together with a flexible and proactive approach. This is a great opportunity for a motivated major donor fundraiser with a passion for international development to join an award winning and ambitious team and help us to dramatically grow our income to reach more children in the worst conflict affected countries. As part of a small team the person will have the chance to shine and really have an impact on our projects supporting children affected by war.


· To play a key role in maximising major donor income for War Child

· To focus on developing a prospect pipeline of new donors to War Child

· To directly develop and manage relationships with existing major donors

· Identify new prospects and devise strategies for engagement to drive the pipeline for the Philanthropy income stream

· Work with the Research and Compliance Manager on prospect research management and strategies

· Work with the Philanthropy and Global Partnering team to plan and deliver cultivation and stewardship opportunities and events

· Contribute to the strategic planning process for new and existing donors to plan effectively for growth and funding opportunities

· To develop good relations and maintain excellent communication channels with other teams and departments

· Systematically identify, qualify, and strategize a pipeline for £5k – £500k figure gifts for both unrestricted and restricted giving

· Develop and implement strong stewardship, cultivation and solicitation plans for prospects and donors to generate significant income from the portfolio, including identifying lapsed donors and devising strategies for re-engagement

· Attend high level cultivation events/meetings and represent War Child with commitment and enthusiasm to build new relationships and contacts for War Child, working with colleagues to ensure that new prospects are followed up and their interest capitalised on

· Actively participate in regular department and team meetings, contributing to strategy discussion and decisions that will be beneficial to the development of fundraising activities

· Work with members of the programmes team including Programmes Director, Country Directors and UK senior managers to gain their support for specific proposals and solicitation of prospects


War Child’s office is a lively and fast-paced environment made up of a team of extremely dedicated staff & volunteers. We’re looking for someone who can fit in well and bring their personality, creativity and professionalism to our communications and the wider charity.


• Experience of independently developing relationships with philanthropists and securing five figure gifts

• Experience of researching and building relationships with new potential donors

• Experience of contributing to fundraising strategies in line with the organisational plan

• Experience of managing a portfolio of relationships with high net worth individuals

• Experience of working in a target led environment with a proven track record of delivering against targets

• Experience of preparing proposals and reports

• Planning and delivering events

• Eligible to work in the UK and travel to the countries in which War Child operates

Technical Skills/Expertise:

• Understanding of the principles of major donor fundraising

• Excellent written and verbal communication

• Strong administrative and organisational skills and record keeping skills

• IT literate with good knowledge of Microsoft Office

• Experience of working with fundraising databases

• Educated to a degree level, or equivalent

Competencies (Soft Skills):

• Confidence in networking and operating at senior levels externally, including with high profile (celebrity) supporters

• Team player with proven ability in collaborative working with other team members at all levels, building positive and productive relationships.

• Focus on continuous improvement with the ability to contribute towards a culture of innovation and making an impact

• Ability to present information, verbally or in writing, including War Child’s mission, briefings and project reports to a range of audiences in a clear and confident manner

• Ability to make independent decisions exhibiting judgement and reason, even when dealing with stressful and emotional topics and situations

• Proven success in managing direct reports supportively and responsibly

• Results-oriented and problem-solving approach to work and challenges

• Proven ability to work to deadlines and manage workload effectively

• Adaptable and flexible approach

• Interest in international development issues and an understanding of, and commitment to, War Child’s vision, mission and aims

Sub Heading 4: Desirable Criteria:

• Line management experience

• Experience of fundraising in international markets

• Experience of working in international settings focused on Child Protection and Child Rights

• Experience of high profile (celebrity) relationships

• Experience of fundraising committees and/or development boards

• Experience of wider fundraising disciplines, in particular Corporate giving and Trust fundraising

• Experience of using the Salesforce database

• Member of the Institute of Fundraising


Working Hours: Full time, 37.5 hours per week

Probation: 6 months

Start date: August/September 2017

Travel: Occasional travel to our countries of operation may be required

Salary: £33,902 - £38,745 per annum

Leave: 28 days pa pro-rata, increasing by one day for each year’s service up to a maximum of 5 additional days

Pension: All eligible employees are automatically enrolled into a Group Personal Pension Plan. Contributions will be made on a salary exchange basis as follows: employees contribute a minimum of 3% of basic monthly salary to receive a contribution of 5% from War Child.

Other: As defined in standard War Child contract terms


Application process

  • Download and complete War Child Application Form. All applications must reach by 11.59pm on 27 June 2017.
  • Due to limited resources, War Child HR will contact only the shortlisted candidates • Interviews will be held on w/c 10 July 2017.
  • Any offer made post the second interview will be conditional on receipt of 3 favourable written references, (from your most recent employer, any other previous employer and a character reference). War Child reserves the right to call the referees, in case clarification is required post the receipt of complete reference forms.
  • The successful applicant will be expected to undergo a DBS Police check and/or international police check, a medical check for overseas travel purposes, be compliant and sign up to War Child’s Child Safeguarding Policy prior to a final offer being made.