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Philanthropy Fundraiser - PO32 6DG



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PO32 6DG

Title: Philanthropy Fundraiser

Salary: £28,000

Contract type: Permanent

Location: Office-based (East Cowes - Isle of Wight) or home-based with weekly travel to office.

Reporting to: Fundraising Manager

Closing date: Sunday 5 December 2021 (11:59pm)

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is recruiting a Philanthropy Fundraiser to join a small and driven team, looking after Major Gift income, and assisting with Trust and Grant income.


The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is a national charity that inspires young people aged 8-24 to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer.

For many young people, picking up from where they left off before cancer is not possible. So, when treatment ends our work begins.

Cancer treatment can be very lonely with long periods of isolation away from friends, family, and school. Through the Trust’s sailing and outdoor adventure activities, young people experience improved mental wellbeing because they feel…

  • Accepted – they meet and make friends with others who have had similar experiences – often for the first time - and stop feeling like ‘the only one’.   
  • Independent - they rediscover independence away from home and outside of their ‘cancer bubble’. They begin to realise what they are capable of again, physically, mentally, and socially.  
  • Optimistic - they experience an increased sense of purpose and self-worth and can start to take the next step towards re-establishing their place in the world, by getting back into education or employment and reconnecting with their friends and families. 

Their mental wellbeing improves, and they start to believe in a brighter future.

The Trust has two bases - in Cowes on the Isle of Wight and Largs on Scotland’s West Coast – and employs a team of 18. Seasonal staff are also recruited for the Trust’s main trip season (June-September).

We work closely with the leading young people’s cancer charities, in particular through our partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust and Young Lives vs Cancer, and our NHS hospital partners, to ensure every young person who needs support after treatment can get, and stay involved, with the Trust.


Reporting to the Fundraising Manager, your role will be to develop, grow and inspire philanthropic giving, managing, and overseeing individual donations of four to six-figure gifts and delivering a high level of stewardship. Lead on developing our new annual giving club – the Brighter Futures Community.

Working closely with our full-time Trusts and Grants Fundraise, you will cultivate, steward and manage an assigned portfolio of Trusts and Foundations, as well as seeking grants from new funders to grow the charity’s income.

Establish and, over time, implement a small scale, Mid-Value Giving programme from our current supporter base, stewarding donors through personalised supporter journeys. This will be a new area of focus, so will need an innovative and enthusiastic approach to manage a small number of donors, with a long-term aim and plan to increase.

Support fundraising and wider Trust teams when needed, working closely to support the Fundraising Manager throughout the year.


This is an exciting chance to join a committed fundraising team to help nurture relationships with both individuals and grant makers, with the aim of bringing these supporters closer to the work of the Trust, as well as developing and maximising income streams in ways not previously explored to help diversify future income.

Applicants will have experience in building positive and lasting relationships and fundraising or relevant experience in sales/relationship management.

An ability to work, and communicate effectively, with a wide range of individuals, in writing, face-to-face and over the phone, will be essential, along with passion to reach targets and

support the Trust’s strategic Ambitions of helping to rebuild young lives after cancer.

We are looking for a candidate who is enthusiastic to learn and be part of a supportive team, willing to help fellow team members where needed and strive for positive outcomes.


The Trust is a close-knit and friendly organisation, which has a wide network of committed and passionate volunteers and seasonal staff. This ‘Trust community’ extends to our dedicated supporters, donors and beneficiaries consolidated over many years.

It isn’t simply about fulfilling a role, it’s about being a part of the whole Trust team throughout the year.


We value equality, diversity and inclusion and oppose prejudice. We strive to be more representative of all the young people we support from across the UK and are committed to being an anti-racist organisation.

If you share these values and think you are well suited to this role, but for whatever reason, feel underrepresented by anything in this advert or on our website, we strongly encourage you to apply and get in touch to help us be better.

For further information and to apply, with?an updated CV and covering letter of no more than?two?pages, please click the apply button!

Closing date: 11:59pm?on?Sunday 5 December 2021.

Interviews:First interviews will be held via zoom after 11am on Thursday 9th December and after 12pm on Friday 10th December.

Second interviews will be held on Monday 13th or Tuesday 14th December.

The successful applicant will be required to undertake a satisfactory DBS check and annual safeguarding training. References will be required.?


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