Fundraising Lead

JN -072022-155718_1659001042
Up to £30000 per annum Part time and Full time offered

Managing this Role

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Stuart Milliner

Head of Hunter Merrifield 0207 759 7929

As Head of Hunter Merrifield, it's my role to lead the team as NFP specialist recruiters for charities and memberships. We cover roles from Director to Junior in Fundraising, HR/Office Support, Marketing and Comms.

My personal background before becoming a recruiter was a 6-year period working in the charity sector. Based in Cornwall, I worked for two South West charities as an Engagement worker and Manager. The charities focused their efforts on working with children and young people from disaffected and vulnerable backgrounds on a one-to-one basis.

As a recruiter, I have spent the vast proportion of my time as a Fundraising specialist. With my background in the sector, I had an immediate connection to the charities I have worked with and understood the demands on them. Charities and Memberships are no different to the largest corporates where they need and desire the best talent available. My favourite part of the job is checking in with people I have placed into a job after a period, and finding out how much of an impact they have made to their charity. Given the roles I recruit, this usually mean they are impacting lives in a positive way and their efforts are helping others who need the support.

Hunter Merrifield are thrilled to partner with the British Deaf Association to find a new Fundraising Lead to ensure that the fundraising income grows, in particular from Trusts and Foundations, whilst ensuring a sustainable future for the organisation. Working with the CEO, the post-holder will develop strategic, multi-year partnerships with donors, and will ensure that we deepen relationships with existing donors and proactively engage new supporters.

Job Title: Fundraising Lead
Organisation: British Deaf Association
Salary: £30,000
Contract: Permanent (Full-time/Part-time considered)
Location: London, Derby, Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff (1-2 days in office)
Closing Date: Monday 22nd August 2022
Required: CV and Cover Letter

British Deaf Association (BDA) is a national Deaf-led organisation that works directly with Deaf people that use British Sign Language (BSL). Their work concentrates on campaigning for equal rights on a national level and working at a local level empowering Deaf people to achieve access to their local public services.

Not only are we looking for an experienced Trusts fundraiser, we are looking for someone who believes in what the BDA stands for, and who understands how Deaf people's lived experiences around inequality, injustice and marginalisation are central to developing our strategies, campaigns and services.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To set and monitor income and expenditure budgets and KPIs in line with the fundraising strategy
  • To identify, research and approach new Trusts and Foundations whose strategic objectives and focus are aligned with that of the BDA.
  • To manage and implement a programme of proposals to Trusts and Foundations, Lottery and Statutory sources that are aligned with BDA's funding priorities with the aim of securing large multi-year gifts.
  • To lead on the relationship management of all Donors, Grants, Trusts and Foundations including the development and implementation of tailored cultivation and stewardship plans to inspire and engage all new and current Trusts and Foundations
  • To produce high quality, evidence-based, reports for all funders including the effective monitoring and evaluation of our grants


Person Specification:

  • In-depth experience of fundraising, particularly from Trusts and Foundations, with knowledge of best practise fundraising techniques.
  • Experience in identifying and researching Trusts and Foundations that have the potential to support a specific cause.
  • Experience of building excellent relationships with Trusts and Foundations, producing cultivation and stewardship plans for new and existing supporters respectively.
  • Experience of working with Trustees and Management Teams to explore networks to help with new approaches.
  • Excellent track record in the successful development of Trust and Foundation proposals securing significant income.


We really encourage those to apply who understands that Deaf people's lived experiences around inequality, injustice and marginalisation are central to how they develop strategy, campaigns and improve services.

To find out more and to apply for the role, please contact Stuart Milliner at Hunter Merrifield.

We practice a diverse and inclusive recruitment process that ensures equal opportunity for all we work with, irrespective of race, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age or gender. As an organisation, we encourage applications from all backgrounds and will ensure measures are met when required, to allow a fair process throughout.