Fundraising Officer needed to join our passionate and forward-thinking charity team.

Fundraising Officer needed to join our passionate and forward-thinking charity team.

Ongoing role
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At a glance

Skills

  • Fundraising events
  • Fundraising research / Bid writing
  • Fundraising strategy

Where

London, SW1Y 6DN
Mainly at home

Time

Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
3-7 hours / week
We have the flexibility to accommodate various patterns of working.

Are you a proactive fundraiser who can develop our fundraising strategy? We are looking for an experienced fundraising officer to obtain grant funding and develop corporate partnerships.

What will you be doing?

About Happy Space UK

Happy Space believes that prevention is better than cure. We provide bespoke wellbeing resources to schools UK-wide with the aim of preventing mental health problems from developing wherever possible.

Could you support Happy Space in our mission to protect the minds of tomorrow?

We are looking for an experienced fundraising officer volunteer to develop a fundraising strategy and approach companies/apply to grant-funders to secure sponsorship/funding. If you have previous fundraising experience in a third sector context, that would be brilliant.

We would like to draw on your experience in the fundraising world to help specifically with:

  • assisting with researching and approaching corporate entities for event sponsorships, partnerships (e.g., ‘Charity of the Year’ partnerships) and donations, including writing emails and speaking with potential partners about the work of Happy Space UK with the aim of securing funds for the organisation
  • applying for grant income
  • maintaining the fundraising database, ensuring accuracy and consistency of all records
  • development of fundraising materials (e.g., fundraising packs and materials)
  • communicating with current donors and fundraisers
  • taking responsibility for ensuring donors and supporters are thanked, responded to and stewarded in a personalised way, including regularly reviewing and updating the thanking materials and processes for donors and making amendments and improvements to ensure all donors and supporters are thanked quickly and warmly
  • keeping in contact with past fundraisers / donors (including encouraging them to considering fundraising / donating again)
  • providing reports and updates to the COO and/or Trustee Board as needed on income, donors and fundraising plans, and 
  • liaising with colleagues in other teams as needed to develop and promote your work, e.g., website team, finance team.

You will be working with the charity’s founders as well as other members of our team, who will provide an overview of our existing fundraising materials, our brand and how we have approached fundraising to date.

What are we looking for?

As a growing charity we need an experienced fundraiser to increase our existing fundraising channels and open up a wider range of fundraising opportunities to secure income to support our work.

We are looking for a volunteer who:

  • has experience of developing and implementing fundraising strategies including experience of writing funding proposals in a third sector context
  • has strong writing, editing and computer skills and a willingness to be contacted via email and/or video chat
  • has the ability to quickly understand the needs of our team, organisation and our services users
  • understands the resource constraints of a small charity and is able to work with these
  • has a passion for fundraising for small charities
  • has the ability to work flexibly on your own and as part of a small team with enthusiasm and commitment
  • has good initiative and ability to work with little direct supervision but will ask for help when needed, including asking key questions to enable us to clarify requirements
  • is comfortable volunteering within a small team
  • has strong organisational skills, with experience of proactive planning, managing deadlines and prioritising effectively
  • has excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with a diverse range of individuals, supporters, donors and volunteers and can motivate and inspire a range of donors/supporters
  • has knowledge of corporate fundraising techniques including securing ‘Charity of the Year’ partnerships, sponsorship, and donations, and
  •  has a commitment to the objectives and core values of Happy Space.

What difference will you make?

You will be joining our charity during an exciting point in our development and a period of real growth; your expert knowledge and experience will be critical to our success. You will have a key role in ensuring we can maintain the work that we do.

Our long-term vision is that Happy Space will be the leading charity in preventive mental health and wellbeing for young people and that every child, parent and teacher in the UK will understand how and where to effectively utilise our products and services throughout a child's journey to adulthood. We want to make a big difference and would like to draw on your experience in the fundraising world to help us to grow and make even more of a difference to young people’s wellbeing UK-wide.

You will be a part of our small, extremely friendly, passionate and forward-thinking charity team. You will have a key role in developing a fundraising strategy, creating fundraising opportunities and writing grant applications. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to make a real difference to young people.

Ellie Hall, former Happy Space volunteer and now Trustee, says this:

My time volunteering for Happy Space was filled with some of the most rewarding moments of my professional life thus far. The team is an amazing group of like-minded people who are all genuinely passionate about mental wellbeing, making it a fun and supportive place to volunteer. The experience allowed me to build skills and confidence at a pace and in ways that I would not have been able to do at other organizations, and the best thing was that at the end of every week I knew I had done something that really mattered! Volunteering for Happy Space was a truly pivotal experience for me.”

Before you apply

You will be offered an initial informal Teams/Zoom discussion with the founders to explore your interest in the role and how we might work together. A further discussion may take place if we both agree you might be a good fit for the charity and the role.

Estimate of time needed:

Ideally a minimum of 4 hours a week

Commitment of a minimum of 6 months

This role is based remotely. That said, the team is tight-knit, meeting regularly in / around London either in person or via phone / video calls every-other Sunday, and you would be welcome to join these meetings!

Causes
  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Mental health
  • Young people
  • Prevention is better than cure and Happy Space is the mental health charity that protects the minds of tomorrow. So many mental health problems are preventable through good wellbeing education and...