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Head of Fundraising The Orchard Project

The Orchard Project is recruiting a Head of Fundraising to develop and implement their income strategy as they enter an exciting period of growth and continue their mission to unite, empower and educate by bringing orchards into the heart of urban communities.

  • Location: UK-wide
  • Salary: £42,505 - £46,505 (depending on location, higher salary includes London weighting) pro-rata – 4 days per week

Who we are.

The Orchard Project brings orchards into the heart of urban communities, along with the many benefits they provide: environmental, physical, mental, social, and educational. They are the only national charity dedicated to the creation, restoration and celebration of community orchards.

For many hundreds of years, orchards were a key part of communities across the UK. But sadly, due to urban development, many of these green spaces, which are hubs of biodiversity, have disappeared. The Orchard Project’s mission is to reverse this decline and ensure everyone in cities across the UK is within easy reach of a thriving community orchard.

Not only does The Orchard Project focus just on the planting, development and maintenance of community orchards to improve urban biodiversity, but education and community cohesion are also key organisational aims. They provide accredited horticultural courses and training with a view to increasing employment and representation amongst marginalised communities and host events and activities centred around orchards to improve community cohesion.

They also ensure the fruit produced by orchards is used by local communities and shared throughout cities by teaming up with foodbank charities and advocating nationwide for the benefits of community orchards.

They are a national charity working across the country with bases in London, Manchester, Bristol, Swansea, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

About the role.

As Head of Fundraising and a key member of the Senior Leadership Team, you’ll work closely with the CEO to devise the organisation’s fundraising strategy as they enter a positive and ambitious new five-year plan.

You’ll be a key member of a small and dedicated team, leading the delivery of the fundraising strategy as you’re supported by the CEO and colleagues across the organisation as you raise as much money as possible.

There is a very well-established trust and foundation fundraising programme, which you’ll work to continue and expand, building on existing relationships and spotting opportunities to create new partnerships with relevant funders. Using creativity, you will secure multiyear unrestricted six-figure grants from an array of grantmakers as you continue the diversification of this income stream.

The charity is continuing the expansion of its fundraising strategy to incorporate new income streams, a project you’ll spearhead with the launch of digital fundraising. You’ll target individual givers to open up new revenue sources through digital sources as you tap into the goodwill for the charity and its work across the nation.

You will line manage the Finance Operation Coordinator and the Communications Manager, allowing you full oversight and input into the fundraising ecosystem, enabling you to integrate systems to ensure that processes can run as efficiently as possible, setting you up to record, analyse and celebrate the impact of funding partners to encourage committed, multiyear support and raise the national profile of the charity and the importance of orchards for urban communities.

Who we are looking for.

We are seeking an experienced fundraiser and emotionally intelligent manager with expertise in imaginative bid-writing for significant multiyear grants. A combined strategic and operational outlook will be crucial to this role and the success of fundraising.

You will be process-driven but creative with a desire to try new things and collaborate with colleagues to create new and exciting projects to attract funders and expand the charity’s impact.

Suitable candidates will be passionate about the environment and uplifting marginalised communities, with a willingness to influence and shape the charity for years to come.


  • Holiday allowance of 25 days FTE with flexible bank holiday usage and additional days off between Christmas and New Year
  • 2 personal days off per year
  • Flexible working days and hours and the option to work from home
  • Time off in lieu of additional hours worked outside of standard working days
  • Training opportunities to address identified training and personal development needs
  • Pension contribution of 5% of the salary
  • A personal budget of £35 per month to support individual well-being

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

Josh Larkin | josh@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07950 729373

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Welcome from the CEO

Dear candidate,

A warm welcome to The Orchard Project! This is an exciting time to be joining the team. We are in the process of creating our new 5-year strategy, and you will be part of this, helping to shape and grow our future impact.

I have been the CEO of the organisation for 12 years and have seen it grow from a small community operation in London to a national charity. Community orchards continue to play a key role in helping communities face the many crises in our societies. Through our work, we are having a significant impact on our environment and local food systems – providing fresh food and habitats and serving a vital social purpose.

Working with us, you will find friendly, motivated colleagues, super inspiring beneficiaries, engaged funders and a supportive boss. As a CEO, I am personally very invested in staff well-being and make it a priority for my team.

We look forward to meeting you and hearing your stories.

Katherine Rosen

“I have really enjoyed my job at The Orchard Project – working for a great cause as part of a motivated and can-do team. I was given the opportunity to shape my role – contributing to strategy as well as getting on with the nitty gritty of fundraising and bid writing, and this offered me plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. I also very much appreciated the team away days and flexible working.”

The outgoing Head of Fundraising

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We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Diversity and inclusion

The Orchard Project strives to create a fair and healthy environment where all our colleagues feel valued and able to be their authentic selves at work. We aim to cultivate a culture of collaboration and respect, where our people are highly engaged and their individual contributions are celebrated.

We understand that our people have commitments and personal interests outside of work, and we strive to build a flexible working environment, in which people can perform at their best.

We want our organisation to be as diverse as the communities it supports. Increasing diversity in the charity/environmental sector and within our organisation is very important to us, and we practice positive action during our recruitment process.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age or disability. Please contact us to let us know of any adjustments we can make to support you during the recruitment process.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information or to organise a conversation, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Josh Larkin | josh@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07950 729373

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 13th May 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Thursday 16th May 2024
    First stage interviews: Thursday 23rd May 2024
    Second stage interviews: Tuesday 28th or Wednesday 29th May 2024

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