Legacy Fundraiser for an International Reforestation Charity: ideally someone environmentally motivated!

Legacy Fundraiser for an International Reforestation Charity: ideally someone environmentally motivated!

Ongoing role
At a glance


  • Business development / Sales
  • Fundraising events
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Legal
  • Project / programme management
  • Marketing strategy
  • Public relations
  • Social media marketing
  • Research (qualitative / quantitative)


Lyme Regis, DT7 3DB
Remote opportunity
Travel limit? N/A


Mostly outside office hours Estimate of time needed:
3-7 hours / week
This is a chunky, challenging position: to be honest, we'll be very happy to accept as much time as you are able to put into the pot! Do get in touch.


31 Dec 2020

We'd love to welcome someone with solid experience in this field. We've made some progress and have great ideas but limited human resource to drive it. If you're an environmentalist with a passion for trees too, fab!

What will you be doing?

In short, we need you to help us build a sustainable pipeline and increase long term legacy income for our international reforestation charity. We are happy to accept as much time as you can dedicate to the role and are happy for you to work remotely, although good communication and regular Zoom meetings will be critical, so we can provide you with the best support. 

In this voluntary role, you’ll be required to help lead, plan, develop and deliver legacy fundraising strategies within our small fundraising team. We’ll support you to the best of our ability to develop a solid framework for future legacy income. We welcome your ideas on ways to nurture relationships with a view to raising funds from potential legators.

What are we looking for?

Ideally, the volunteer will be educated to degree level, however, if you didn't reach that goal but have great experience in the field, we will be very happy to consider you. 

Experience in legacy administration is highly desirable. Good knowledge and experience of UK probate and trust law is essential and you must be able to manage your own case load and be happy to be part of a very friendly team.

It would be absolutely marvellous if you shared our passions for the environment, reforestation and women's empowerment - those elements sits at the heart of all we do. It fires our drive to clean the air that blows all over the world. The full time team is basically Tracey and her husband and co-founder Simon West and a handful of incredible volunteers, some are fairly local to Lyme Regis but a great many work remotely. They are all respected and their input is highly valued.

We have regular Zoom meetings with various teams to share updates, news and develop ideas together. Having a convivial disposition is probably a very good idea - we're certainly not a stuffy, boring group, we care about our planet and each other very much.

To get a feel for who 'we' are, watching the documentary we made last year is probably the best way to see if you fit. Visit TreesAreTheKey.com - it's free to watch and once you do, you'll see why our drive is so fierce to reforest Kenya and to support the amazing people living on the frontline of climate change, who work so hard to look after the forests.

What difference will you make?

In short, an enormous impact! 

We are still in our early days of being a charity, we've just done a handbrake turn into our fourth year and we're working hard to secure our long term future and effective development. Things are starting to really fall into place and we're doing all we can to be more efficient at what we do. Above all, we're trying to up our game and be better at every aspect of delivering our charitable aims: to plant trees, build classrooms, facilitate education and support a growing women's empowerment movement, the Mothers of the Forest (you can find out all about them in our documentary).

Word Forest will get under your skin if you're willing to let it. You will see the benefit of your contribution in everything the charity achieves and through the frequent contact we have with our team in Kenya (videos, photos, quotes from the Mothers and more) you'll receive inspiration on a daily basis.

What's in it for the volunteer?

I think we've probably described the mental and physical benefits that involvement with Word Forest will give the volunteer in the paragraphs above.

We're also a close, tight knit team too, who are incredibly friendly, open to ideas, supportive, passionate about the planet, nurturing, thoughtful, respectful and considerate of each other; we don't do ego here either. 

If working with a connected team like this sounds like something you'd like to do, we'd really love to hear from you.

Come change the world by being part of our team.

A few more details

In the first instance, we'd love you to drop us a line, then we'll forward our volunteer application form. It's a comprehensive Google doc with a range of questions that give us a good idea about you as a person and your skills and abilities too. Once we've had a look through that, we'll organise a Zoom for a chat with a cuppa, then another to go on and meet the wider team.

Thanks for reading through this and considering lending your skills to Word Forest.

Before you apply

The details we've put in this and our previous volunteer roles, probably tell you as much about us as we can put down on digital paper. The best way to get to know us, is to watch #TreesAreTheKey narrated by Kate Winslet. Then, you'll see why we're so motivated to make a difference by getting as many trees into the ground in the tropics as we can and by supporting the wonderful communities who are committed to nurturing the forest. We look forward to hearing from you if you think we tick your box too.
  • Animals / wildlife
  • Education
  • Environment
  • International development
  • The Word Forest Organisation is a UK based charity that plants trees, builds classrooms and raises environmental awareness in Kenya.

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