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Trust & Foundation and Legacy Manager Dreams Come True

Children’s charity Dreams Come True is recruiting a Trust & Foundation and Legacy Manager to help increase income so more children and young people with life-limiting and serious illnesses living in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities can fulfil a dream.

  • Location: Working from home with fortnightly visits for team meetings at their Surrey Office.
  • Salary: £30,000 - £35,000 (Depending on experience)

Dreams Come True

We are a national charity with a big heart and a clear charitable purpose. We believe that every child and young person has a right to dream, no matter who they are, and where they live. Sadly, not everyone has that opportunity to exercise that right and when serious and life-limiting illness occurs, those who are less fortunate are being left behind.

We are the only wish-granting organisation that is singularly focused on delivering dreams to CYP living in the highest areas of deprivation. We believe that because of this, we are answering an unmet need, by allowing these 5 to 18-year-olds – who would otherwise be missed – a chance to have their own bespoke dream.

And that is what makes us unique – we have a simple principle that we aim to help those that others cannot and in doing so to place our amazing Dreams Families at the heart of every decision, every action and at every opportunity. We are a charity that focuses on impact and making a positive difference to the lives of those we seek to help.

Job Summary and Team Information

This is a role within the Bespoke fundraising team, which is responsible for Corporate, Major Donor, Trusts and Foundations (T&F) and Legacies. Reporting to the Head of Bespoke Fundraising, the post holder will be the sole T & F and Legacy Team member.

Working closely with the Mass Fundraising Team who are responsible for Community Fundraising, Challenge & Events and Individual Giving activity.

These teams work together regularly, the Bespoke Fundraising team have support from the Events, Fundraising & Marketing Officers as well as our Marketing Consultant to support where required.

In addition to this the role also works closely with the Dreams team to develop funding packages and cases for support to strengthen the proposition submitted.

This is a results driven role with the postholder leading the planning and delivery of all T&F and Legacy activity to deliver annual targets (£180,000 increasing to £300,000) and ensure accurate reporting to strengthen donor loyalty.


As this is currently a business development role, the post holder will take over from the current contractor in place, managing any existing relationships with Trusts, but most importantly picking up the development of our pipeline of Trust, Grants & Foundations applications and managing a newly launched Legacy offering.

Once developed, they will manage a portfolio of relationships with Trusts, managing and developing a mailing programme for small Trusts, making regular solicitations to medium to high value Trusts.  The post holder will represent Trust donors within the organisation, providing stewardship of their funds so that it is spent in line with the purpose for which they were raised.  They will fulfil reports on work funded by Trusts donors in line with their requirements.

They are also responsible for running all Planned Giving / Legacy activity including marketing plans, promotion and activity, communications with solicitors, record keeping and administration. Please note that this is the smaller part of the role, expecting around 0.5 days a week compared to the rest of the time focused on TF&L.

Person Specification

The position holder must be able to demonstrate proven fundraising experience with a track record of securing new T&F’s.

They must absolutely understand what is meant by a strong brand/charity proposition and have clear evidence of creating and delivering compelling cases for support that straddle the traditional definition of fundraising income streams.

Self-motivation is a must, as is the experience that comes of having done it before – we are looking for candidates who possess previous experience of taking things on, making an impact and leaving a legacy of sustainable success.

We are seeking someone who wants to make a difference – doing so on a daily basis.

This role is about developing the business, bringing experience of trusts to support building a pipeline and securing funding as well as offering the opportunity to work on large gifts collaboratively with the CEO and Senior Leadership Team.

Closing date: 5pm, Wednesday 29th September 2021

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

Eddie Taylor | eddie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07468564928

Eddie Taylor, Head of Fundraising Appointments, Peridot Partners

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    Closing date: 5pm, Wednesday 29th September 2021

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