Fundraising Officer (Grants, Trusts & Foundations) (ref 950)

Do you believe everybody should have the opportunity to lead healthy, happy lives? The money you raise will help transform communities in Hampshire and Isle of Wight, ensuring children, young people and families access programmes that meet their needs. Bring your bid writing and stewardship expertise to our happy team and together we will achieve fundraising success.

Please note submissions made without a CV and completed exercises (see below) will not be considered.

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • At all times work within the YMCA Way
  • In line with YMCA’s annual fundraising plan, raise funds to target through application processes, including grants, contracts and charity of the year
  • Maintain and develop relationships with grant makers, applying stewardship approaches and a range of communication methods to ensure all supporters feel valued
  • Develop and deliver high quality written proposals for funding, in line with the organisation’s strategic aims and operational requirements
  • Gather knowledge from throughout YMCA and use it to inform the content and quality of applications
  • Work as part of the fundraising and marketing teams to ensure adherence to brand, ethics and fundraising priorities
  • Maintain a database of applications, progress and successes, and report against performance
  • Maintain knowledge of sources of fundraising income
  • Ensure that all reporting requirements are met and reports submitted according to agreed schedules and in line with funders’ criteria. You will establish monitoring systems that enable operational delivery teams to provide you with the data you need
  • Participate in other fundraising activities as applicable
  • Support other fundraising-related copywriting processes as applicable
  • To act in the interests of your own safety & the safety of others at all times
  • Anything else reasonably requested by the management of the organisation

What you’ll bring:

  • Success at raising funds for a VCS organisation through application processes and stewardship
  • Excellent copywriting, editing and reporting skills
  • Ability to adapt communications to different audiences
  • Excellent IT skills, including Office 365
  • Education to level 6 or equivalent professional qualification
  • Evidence of recent professional development in fundraising
  • Experience in service marketing will be useful

It would be amazing if you were also…:

  • Enthusiastic for the work of the organisation and have the desire to contribute to the mission and vision of the YMCA.
  • Engaging and welcoming, with the ability to communicate with a wide range of people
  • Able to maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Able to work under pressure and accurately meet deadlines
  • Outgoing, friendly and approachable.

What we offer:

  • 37.5 hours per week
  • £24,000 to £28,000 per annul (depending on experience)
  • 25 days holiday, increases with length of service
  • Great investment in personal and professional development
  • 50% discounted Early Years childcare
  • Welcoming, caring and supportive culture
  • £50 refer a friend scheme
  • Day camps discount and membership benefits (camps, parties, events)

Written Submission: Fundraising Officer

As part of our shortlisting process we wish to review a written submission from you. Please would you read through the scenario below, complete the exercise and submit it with your application form. Your submission will be used for this recruitment process only.


We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to lead happy, healthy lives.

YMCA has been working with families in Bigtown for 20 years. In this time we have helped over 1000 local families. However, the building we operate in is now in very poor condition and needs replacing. We have an opportunity to move to a newer building, but it requires refurbishment. We need to raise funds to help with the costs of this refurbishment. The project will take approximately 6 months from start to finish.

Bigtown is a seaside town with a population of 85,000. It has mixed demographic but is not a particularly wealthy area. YMCA Bigtown delivers the following services to local families:

  • Nursery (60 places) for children aged 0-5. The nursery is mainly used by working parents, with some more vulnerable children funded by the local authority
  • Mother and toddler group
  • Stay and play sessions
  • Family activities at weekends
  • Support for vulnerable families, including free meals, a children’s clothing exchange
  • A safe space for vulnerable families to engage with health visitors and other agencies
  • A community room for other groups and organisations to use

YMCA Bigtown is financially sustainable in its delivery, generating an annual surplus of £30,000 from fees charged for the nursery. However, this is not sufficient to fund the project costs to establish the new building, which are £150,000.


Design of new layout – £3,500

Fit out of new building – £90,000

New furniture – £40,000

Relocation costs – £5,000

Project management (salary and on costs) – £5,750

Legal fees – £2,000

Contribution to organisational overheads/core costs – £3,750

TOTAL – £150,000

Exercise 1 (no more than 2 sides of A4)

Please write a summary fundraising plan that will enable a new YMCA Bigtown building to be established. Explain how we might source funds and from where. Explain why you think your suggestions will achieve fundraising success.

Exercise 2 (no more than 2 sides of A4)

You have identified a funder who might give YMCA Bigtown a grant of £50,000. They have the following funding requirements:

  • They require match funding but are flexible about the terms
  • Their funds must be used for capital only
  • They are very interested in positive impact on children and families
  • They don’t usually fund “education”

Please write an outline grant application to this funder, asking for a grant. In the application, please address why the funder should support the project.

Please send the two exercises along with your CV when you apply, or send them through to recruitment

The YMCA is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful applicant will undertake an enhanced disclosure via Disclosure and Barring Service and subject to two references.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £24,000.00 to £28,000.00 /year


  • Southampton, Hampshire (Preferred)

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