Fundraising news, ideas and inspiration for professional charity fundraisers

Fundraising talent now

Are you looking for talented, resourceful income generators to help your business through and beyond this challenging period? Look no further than this list of professional charity fundraisers.

They have been made redundant or are facing redundancy because of the sudden and overwhelming cuts in funding and donations experienced by almost every charity in the UK. 

From my 30 years’ experience in fundraising I can confirm that fundraisers are remarkable people. They consistently generate gifts and income that drives the UK’s charity sector (around 200,000 organisations) to achieve life-saving and life-changing work. And you might find the ROI that some of them achieve astonishing.

They generate income from millions of individuals, from companies and from funders. They have a fantastic understanding of what motivates people, how to ask them, and how to retain donors. 

They generate income from traditional charity fundraising methods – events management, direct marketing campaigns, high net worth individual research – but also by setting up commercial ventures. Many have outstanding digital and telephone experience. And some are inspirational leaders who themselves achieve much with far less than you’d imagine possible.

They inspire people to give of themselves – time, money and all kinds of support.

Many already have commercial sector experience of course. 

Their skills and experience and leadership would grace any business – charitable or for-profit.  This is your chance to employ a remarkable person. Now.

 

Fundraisers: how to use this page

If you have been made redundant or face redundancy, you are not alone and plenty of us will do what we can to ensure your talent and experience is not lost to this remarkable sector and its essential work.

If you’ve posted (public) details of your availability via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube etc paste the web address into the comments below. We’ll cut and paste them into this post.

If you’d rather send us a short message (a paragraph, with a contact link such as your LinkedIn page) please do so via hlake@fundraising.co.uk and we’ll post that here.

 

Resources for fundraisers facing redundancy

We’ll be sharing other resources here that we think you’ll find useful.

For example, we’ll be sharing DoMoreGood’s upcoming series of interviews with fundraisers who are looking for their next role:

We can recommend Fundraising Jobs and GoodJobs for recruitment opportunities, advice on job seeking during this period, and a simple, very low-cost method of recruitment. (The latter was co-founded by UK Fundraising’s founder). Other specialist recruitment agencies and advisers are of course available.
You can also make your availability known on your LinkedIn profile:

Several fundraisers and fundraising consultants are offering to chat or offer support to fundraisers facing or fearing redundancy:

 

 

 

 

 

Talent

The following fundraisers have publicly announced their redundancy or their risk of redundancy. Please contact them directly if you are interested in offering them employment or paid work. Please don’t contact them if you are looking for them to volunteer for your charity or other initiative.

 

Individuals

Paula Langston

As a result of the financial impact on charities by the pandemic, today is my last day after nearly four years leading the team of fundraisers Alzheimers’s Society. I truly loved leading one of the best teams I’ve worked with.

As this is now a new chapter in my career, I would like to present myself to any charity, or organisation looking for a Fundraising Manager to develop and lead a team to success. I am successful and results driven With 16 years of experience in both small local, and large national charities. In all aspects of fundraising. I have developed strategies, budgets and exceeded them, developed volunteering plans, specialised in Corporate, Community, Groups, Legacies, High level giving, individual giving, service development, and written many trust and fund applications, along with so much more I can offer. So please contact me direct if you would like to learn. 

 

Bethany Helliwell-Smith

Creative and innovative thinker with hands on fundraising experience in senior fundraising roles, passionate about coaching and nurturing others. Confident in leadership skills and proactive in building authentic relationships to cultivate mid-level and major donors. Experience leading on complex projects, writing compelling proposals and creating high profile cultivation and stewardship events. Thrives when training and mentoring individuals to make a positive difference. To-date I have raised over £2.7m for local and international charities, through public fundraising and major gifts.
Seeking part-term, contract and freelance work, please get in touch via email or LinkedIn to arrange a call.

Peter Suchet

Available now, a senior, successful and highly effective hybrid of Fundraising and Marketing skills gained at a number of leading national charities and best-in-class marketing communications agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi and J Walter Thompson. Permanent, interim or consultancy, I’m entirely flexible. Do get in touch for more.

 

Sanjay Jagatia

For over 20 years, Sanjay Jagatia has been involved in Fundraising, Business Development & Community Engagement activities which has raised over £20 Million for health, education, children, elderly, arts, sport & community projects in the UK and across the World. 

Sanjay has extensive knowledge of Corporate, Community, High Net Worth Major Donors, Individual-Giving, Events, Trusts/Foundations and Institutional Fundraising. He is a confident relationship building professional who has managed projects from conception to execution; including prospect research, cultivation, outreach, negotiation, exceptional stewardship to ensure a robust pipeline, together with a wealth of transferable skills. Sanjay has also managed and led successful Fundraising Teams & provided consultation/advise to a host of UK Charities, Organisations and Overseas NGO’s on fundraising, community engagement and social impact strategies.  
LinkedIn
Telephone: 07969 756164 
Email: sjagatia0@gmail.com 

 

Josh White

I am an experienced face-to-face and direct marketing specialist with a track record of delivering multiple national campaigns for NGOs such as Guide Dogs for the Blind and Amnesty Interntaional UK. I am currently working as a global face-to-face specialist, part of the global fundraising support team at Amnesty International Secretariat. Outside of strategising, implementing and reviewing F2F campaigns a large part of my work is diversifying face-to-face campaigns / operations into other IG channels such as telemarketing and most recently digital. My project with AI S will come to an end in September and the role I had lined up to move on to no longer exists. Face-to-face is of course very much on the ropes because of the pandemic and unfortunately the job market reflects that. In this climate I am hoping IG managers see the transferable skills F2F managers possess that would add value to other IG campaigns. Please contact me via LinkedIn.
 

Ian Tate

Experienced charity sector business manager, with a demonstrable history of sustained fundraising success, particularly in the field of challenge events, both in the UK and overseas. Used to ‘leading from the front’ in senior fundraising roles. Excellent relationship management / stewardship skills, collaborative, people-centred, team player. Sound financial expertise – budget setting, management, reforesting, analysis. Able to generate and nurture new business relationships, corporate partnerships, sponsors and donors at all levels. Strategist, people manager and action planner, who performs well under pressure. Excellent communication skills and a lifelong passion for the sector. Contact via LinkedIn.

 

Chris Swinton MInstF (Cert)

The job I was due to start fell victim to the pandemic, resulting in me becoming unemployed through no fault of my own. For the past five years, I have been the Trusts and Foundations fundraiser at a children’s hospice. While this was my main responsibility, I was also involved in other elements of fundraising with our team. I took the lead on our collection box programme making it more structured, successful and cost effective. I was also responsible for co-ordinating bucket collections for the charity with Manchester City FC. I assisted at a variety of fundraising events throughout the year, as well as attend community events and speak to supporters about the charity. This has also included attending networking events. Prior to working there, my role at my former charity focused mainly on sponsored events – specifically The Great North Run and others. Contact via LinkedIn.

 

Three fundraisers
 
Listen to “Episode 59: Spotlight on fundraisers made redundant due to COVID-19” on Spreaker.
 

 

Jenny Poulter

I have three years professional experience in an events fundraiser role for a national charity, with eight years experience previous to that taking on voluntary roles and temporary contracts in events and community fundraising for national and local charities.

I have a genuine passion for the sector, and pride myself on excelling stewardship with fundraisers and volunteers. I was made redundant last month due to the pandemic, and looking for roles based in the North Essex area, or home-based with the option of flexible working within events/community fundraising or volunteer recruitment. Willing to work part-time, full time or temporary contracts. Available immediately.

 

Holly de la Nougerede MInstF MSc

I am looking for a fundraising role and am available immediately. I have 12 years experience as a professional fundraiser, mainly in special and sporting events and community fundraising, I also volunteer in my spare time. Thank you in advance. #OpenToWork

 

Ellen Jurczak

A fundraiser with seven years of experience, mostly within community, corporate and events. Worked for charities including Dementia UK, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK and current co-chair of the Institute of Fundraising West Midlands committee. Management experience, excellent relationship-builder and strong track record of exceeding targets. Available from late August/early September.

LinkedIn | Twitter

 

Juliet Moss

I have recently finished a short term contract which was meant to be for five months and ended up being for 20 months.  I am now available and have over twenty years of fundraising experience predominantly within major donors and events. My Linkedin profile is:  linkedin.com/in/juliet-moss-267121

 

Alex Byers

I am a Regional Community Fundraising Manager based in Yorkshire.  I have three years experience in the sector and have consistently exceeded financial targets.  Most recently I have been the sole Fundraiser in Yorkshire for a large national charity.  I have been successful at building relationships with supporters and volunteers alike.  I have been working in a cross disciplinary team and as such have worked closely with Community Engagement and Campaigning.  Having worked both in an office and remotely I am able to adapt to different working environments easily.  I was a Director of a successful consultancy business for several years so I’m also comfortable working with corporate contacts and people at a senior level.  I am experienced at creating accessible documents and content as well as sighted guiding and have a basic understanding of reading Braille by sight.
An organisational wide restructure just before lockdown meant redundancy for myself and my colleagues.  I am currently furloughed whilst working my notice.  I am looking for Community or Corporate Fundraising roles in Yorkshire, either full or part time.  I am available from October, or before with 4 weeks notice. Contact: linkedin.com/in/alexandrabyers

 

Fay McLeod

As Fundraising Administrator for The ARCHIE Foundation, I was the sole administrator responsible for managing and providing a diverse range of essential administration, fundraising and volunteering coordination across all three funds and regions of the charity.

My career at began in Donor Care dealing with the financial and thanking aspects of the fundraising process. Duties included counting, processing and banking all income received, accurate management and recording of income and supporters on the CRM database and Xero in line with GDPR policy, processing Gift Aid and online fundraising reporting. Seeking the opportunity to progress and seeing a need for support in the fundraising team, I created my role of Fundraising Administrator. I was a pivotal member of staff with an in-depth knowledge of the charity’s activities and was instrumental in improving collaboration, communication and workflow across all departments. My role included managing all aspects of event and community fundraising administration, responding to all enquiries, creating and sustaining relationships with supporters and external stakeholders, merchandise management, main contact for YPI and schools, creating procedural and fundraising guides, and attending, coordinating and promoting a variety of fundraising events.

I am experienced in volunteer coordination and have several years’ experience of being a volunteer myself. I am an extremely organised individual, with excellent communication skills, an infectious enthusiasm and positive and caring attitude who always aims to exceed expectations. I am wholeheartedly a person with a ‘roll your sleeves up and muck in’ attitude and always go above and beyond to help others. Looking for full or part time employment in Fundraising Administration/Coordination in Aberdeen. Available for an immediate start. See my LinkedIn profile.

 

Helen Lee Smith MInstF

 

 

Alan Gardiner

I have a lifetime of fundraising and sports events experience and have been working professionally in this area for over 7 years. I have managed owned, virtual, challenge & 3rd party events but also done some high value workplace fundraising and festival volunteer management. All these roles have been at some of the UK’s biggest charities (Comic Relief, WaterAid, Alzheimer’s Society, etc) and have involved high levels of project management, innovation, creativity, commitment, and resourcefulness. My three years of managing owned physical and virtual sports events at WaterAid was my most substantive role during which I managed all the marketing, logistics, stewardship and on the day management for multiple mass participation events each year. My earlier roles in commercial sports events, social enterprise and politics mean I have a wide knowledge base and varied and unique skillset.

I’m available from 1st August and am looking for a permanent or fixed term Manager/Senior Officer-type role based in London/working from home. You can see more details and contact me via LinkedIn

 

Charities making redundancies

 

 

 

Two Suffolk charities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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