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Grants & Major Gifts Lead War on Want

Help raise much-needed funds for some of the world's most cutting edge and radical social movements, workers' organisations, and human rights defenders.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: £39,697
  • Closing date: Open process - rolling applications

War on Want is a dynamic organisation working in the UK and with partners around the world to fight poverty and defend human rights, as part of the movement for global justice.


We believe a better world is possible. A world in which everyone lives a dignified life free from repression, injustice and climate disaster.  Poverty is political: the most effective way to end it is by taking collective action to challenge the structures of inequality and injustice.

War on Want campaigns in the UK to challenge human rights abusing corporations and governments, to hold those responsible for inequality and poverty to account. We publish in-depth research exposing injustice and human rights abuse globally. We work in partnership with grassroots groups, trade unions and workers’ organisations in the Global South. We stand in solidarity with movements fighting for their rights around the world.

About the role

The Grants & Major Gifts Lead is a key member of the Income and Engagement Team and is responsible for delivering a mix of restricted and unrestricted income from grants and major gifts.

Reporting to the Director of Income and Engagement this role leads the full cycle of identifying opportunities for funding; coordinating colleagues across the organisation to plan and implement high-quality project proposals and budgets; and overseeing the monitoring and evaluation cycle to effectively report back to donors.

The successful postholder will also be responsible for managing War on Want’s pipeline of major donor individuals and small trusts, ensuring smooth and effective stewardship at every step to drive engagement, income, and impact.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a dedicated trusts fundraiser who can lead War on Want’s grants and major gifts programme and successfully collaborate with the Executive Director and Senior Management Team to plan and implement a variety of high priority strategic projects

This is a highly rewarding position for an ambitious, independent and dynamic individual to join War on Want at a critical time and work at the cutting edge of progressive philanthropy to make a real difference in the fight for global justice.

If you want to raise much-needed funds for some of the world’s most cutting edge and radical social movements, workers’ organisations and human rights defenders, whilst helping to advocate for major funders to shift towards more intersectional and equitable models of funding then this is the role for you!

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Tara Patel | tara@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07398 901458


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Tara Patel

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    Tara Patel | tara@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07398 901458

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    Closing date: open process

    First Stage Interviews: w/c 11th July 2022

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