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Philanthropy Lead Royal Free Charity

Royal Free Charity is seeking an ambitious and talented Philanthropy Lead to deliver sector-leading fundraising. This role will sit at the heart of a successful team, driving relationships and income from some of the UK’s leading philanthropists.

  • Location: Flexible home/office working, with Thursdays based at the Pears Building, Pond Street, London NW3 2PP
  • Salary: £45,000 - £50,000

Our vision

For everyone served by the Royal Free London to have access to world-leading healthcare, delivered by a thriving workforce and driven by medical research that has a global impact.

Our mission

Royal Free Charity supports our hospitals, our NHS colleagues, our patients and our researchers.

From small acts of kindness to huge investments in discovery and innovation, everything we do changes lives for the better.

Our extraordinary volunteers enrich the experience of patients and the support they provide to NHS staff is transformational.

We’re there when patients need us, thanks to the services we provide. And the grants that we make help our hospitals to accelerate vital medical research and invest in innovations to help patients and staff.

All this is made possible by the generosity of our supporters who help our hospitals go further and faster than the NHS could do alone.

About the role

This is a pivotal role working closely with the Head of Philanthropic Partnerships to manage the team to deliver sector-leading philanthropy fundraising.

You will manage a portfolio of individual major donors, with scope to develop corporate relationships in the longer-term. You will also line manage a Trusts Manager, in addition to a Prospect Research & Operations Manager and a new Philanthropy Manager (who is currently being recruited).

To support your success, there is an in-house database team, prospect researcher, and an event manager, meaning you can focus on engaging with donors. The charity is fortunate to have a well-connected and engaged trustee board, and an experienced fundraising chair. They also have the internal building blocks in place; a core case for support, a programme of engagement events, an modern database, and a growing pool of committed donors.

About the person

As this is an externally facing role, the successful candidate will be a confident major donor fundraiser who is skilled at engaging with donors and proactively soliciting major gifts.

The postholder’s time will be split approximately 50% account managing your own portfolio of major donors, 40% line managing your team, and 10% on your own development and contributing to cross-department projects.

This role will be ideal for a dynamic philanthropy lead who enjoys making a job their own, and helping to shape team culture, processes and practice. There is plenty of scope to grow in the role, particularly as the Charity lines up for its capital campaign starting in 2023/24.

For the successful candidate, this could be a career-defining role.

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

Simon Callaghan | simon@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07702 678658


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

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

    Simon Callaghan | simon@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07702 678658

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    Closing date: 12 p.m. Tuesday 31st May 2022

    First Interviews: Wednesday 8th June 2022

    Second Interview: TBC

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