Trustee - Fundraising

Trustee - Fundraising

At a glance


  • Business development / Sales
  • Commissioning / Contracting
  • Fundraising events
  • Fundraising research / Bid writing
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Strategic development and planning


Craven Arms, SY7 9AG
Mainly at home
Travel limit? none


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-3 hours / week or short term project: 15-90 hours, completed within 4 months
We can be very flexible about the workload commitments. Working parties meet once a month, with full board meetings quarterly

Can you think outside of the box? Do you have a flare for Fundraising? Then some very special children, growing up with Autism and Additional Needs, in Shropshire NEED YOU!



What will you be doing?

Empathy for Special children works across Shropshire providing support and regular social opportunities for families living with ASD and related additional needs.

We are 10 ! and we have come a very long way from humble beginnings but there is much, much more to do ! In an ever changing and increasing challenging landscape we need some fresh eyes and expertise to bring us out of the pandemic and into the future. 

Role Title:                Fundraising Trustee

Report to:                 Chief Executive and The Board of trustees.

Background:           A background in any of the following areas i.e.  Marketing or Finance or Public Relations, Sales

1.0 Role Summary

  • To assist the Board to see the bigger picture; bring a fresh perspective to fundraising plans and strategy, support the organisation’s fundraisers.
  • To ensure fundraising is of the highest standard and priority.

2.0 Main Responsibilities

  • Oversee fundraising and to make sure it is carried out in legal, honest and accountable ways.
  • Strategically assess where fundraising fits into the overall organisation strategy and to work with senior fundraising staff to ensure effective income generation is being achieved.
  • Contributing knowledge of fundraising techniques and strategies, understanding results and approving budgets with real insight.
  • Provide support for grant applications to national funders.
  • Carry out risk assessment at every fundraising stage, especially when considering new or ambitious fundraising strategies.
  • Network on behalf of the charity to solicit funds on a peer to peer basis.
  • Support and encourage the fundraising team in their work and to design and facilitate the organisation’s approach to fundraising.
  • Be an active champion of the organisation.
  • Build relationships and rapport between Board and fundraising members, especially in smaller charities.
  • Encourage an entrepreneurial fundraising culture and assess the cost benefit ratio of each planned type of fundraising.

What are we looking for?


  • Someone with sufficient fundraising/income-generation knowledge and/or business development background or having run a medium size business.
  • An understanding of the UK charity sector, good governance, Charity Commission, Companies House requirements, relevant legislations and statutory requirements.
  • An understanding of the challenges facing small to medium UK charities in maximising income streams & donor cultivation.
  • Experience of diverse fundraising practices, including statutory funds, corporate and philanthropic giving would be valuable.
  • Excellent networking skills, influencing and communication skills.
  • The ability to see the need and work with others to achieve the common goal of  "Giving every child an equal opportunity for a fun and fulfilled childhood".


  • Knowledge of digital or social media.
  • Knowledge of the voluntary sector
  • An understanding of the challenges our families face.

What difference will you make?

Any parent of a child with additional is used to a challenge, be that achieving recognition of their child’s difference through diagnosis, the mammoth task of ensuring the correct support is in place to enable their child to succeed or simply coping when their child can’t. You would hope the level of empathy and support rises in equal measure to that challenge, sadly in fact the reverse is true.

Whilst the word Autism becomes more common place in our society, understanding and Empathy for those growing up with and around those with the condition is still limited and often as problems escalate most families find themselves increasingly isolated. With their vulnerable children, and let’s not forget the siblings, being excluded from the learning experience they most need …… life.

Empathy aims to provide a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment for families to meet regularly and to create a social network with child-centered opportunities for the children and their siblings to meet and engage in a positive activity. Our team of Enable play leaders, present at all sessions, ensure that all of the opportunities are delivered to have a long term positive impact on the children and young peoples lives including the opportunity try something new, make some friends, learn and practice social and communications skills, improve confidence and self-esteem, to have fun and relax and learn some life skills. 

We now have 80 children and young people on our books and are at running capacity. Our recent consultation demonstrated that the needs is still out there and in fact is growing, as diagnostic tools and understanding improve.

We need someone who can take us to the next fundraising level to take the business plan forward and secure this desperately needed provision for the long term 

What's in it for the volunteer?

You will

  • improve lifelong outcomes for this vulnerable group of children and young people.
  • get to see life from a whole new perspective.
  • meet some amazing people and share in some very good times.

A few more details

This role is subject to an Enhanced DBA check which we will need to carry out before work can begin.

  • Children / families
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Mental health
  • Sports
  • Young people
  • It is difficult to grow up with a difference; when playing with others is something you have to learn, when the world is a frightening and overwhelming place and when the one thing you need is...