Fundraising Assistant for MAITS

Bit of background on MAITS and our current funding set-up

MAITS is an international disability charity, specialising in working with people with autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.  We have worked in 20 countries around the world and have a team of healthcare and education professionals globally who volunteer their time to provide training and skill-building to those working with and caring for people with disabilities. We have helped over 600,000 individuals with disabilities and their families since we were set up.

What we are looking for

We are looking for someone who has experience of raising charitable income from grant giving trusts and foundations or from corporates. We are looking for a talented Fundraising Executive for Trusts and Foundations to come on board and help us raise grant income to help raise funds for our small grants programme, which enables training to go ahead in any location in the world once a need is agreed and trainers and trainees are matched up, our other priority programmes are a Trainer of Trainer programme for Community Health Workers in Pakistan and Nepal and an infant feeding programme (initially in Rwanda) for infants and children with feeding difficulties related to disability or premature birth. We are also applying for core funds too.

Reporting to the CEO, this person will be responsible for putting in applications for the above-mentioned programmes, further prospect research, maintaining a pipeline document and recording applications that have gone in on a spreadsheet. Using effective prospect research, the Fundraising Executive Trusts and Foundations will identify potential new sources of income from appropriate grant giving bodies, and take steps to approach these funders and initiate healthy relationships leading to income for the charity. Managing a portfolio of funders and a pipeline of projects requiring funding, the Fundraising Officer Trusts and Foundations will write compelling applications, and secure ideally multi-year grants, as well as some smaller grants.

Job purpose

To research, identify and apply to trusts and foundations and other grant-making bodies across the UK, which are likely to support the work of MAITS.  Using existing templates and materials produced by MAITS, develop funding applications and submit funding applications to a range of relevant trusts and foundations.

Job description

  • To carry out prospect research to identify more suitable donors for MAITS.
  • To manage and nurture trust and foundation supporters through e-mail, telephone, written proposals and other forms of communication with the aim of ensuring their on-going and increasing support.
  • To contact 35 donors to introduce them to MAITS and write 15 funding proposals and submit applications for projects and core funding.
  • To write update reports for trusts and other grant giving bodies providing details of the impact of previous donations.
  • To manage systems – including regularly updating the pipeline document of potential new donors and maintaining a spreadsheet/database of trusts applied to.
  • To maintain good relations with colleagues and external parties, to ensure that we capture the right information for funding proposals and the work of MAITS is well represented externally.

Responsibilities for fundraising assistant

  • To design and pull together a table recording all the funding applications that have been sent out, as a pipeline document with estimated income and probability of gaining funding.
  • To populate the pipeline document with information on all the funding applications that have been sent out and estimated income and keep this updated.
  • To go through the MAITS’ workplan and identify which funders are most appropriate for each element of the plan (including core funding) and record this against the workplan.
  • To pull together the design of a fundraising package for grants (applying to donors for funding to enable us to continue our grants programme), the ToT Community Health Workers project in Nepal and Pakistan and the Rwanda infant feeding programme.
  • To complete the action plan section of the fundraising spreadsheet to clearly identify the actions for the next period (on a summary page, using the information already on the fundraising spreadsheet).
  • To put in applications to the trusts and foundations and crowdfunding websites ranked as high priority and to prepare the fundraising applications for medium priority proposals.
  • To use Trustfunding, charity commission accounts and general fundraising information websites to identify new donors and research these and enter information into the fundraising spreadsheet.
  • Produce a leaflet describing MAITS work for dissemination to donors and others

The post holder will work within all policies, procedures and budgets set by MAITS.

  • The post holder will act at all times in the best interest of MAITS.
  • The post holder will form effective working relationships with all staff members, volunteers and outside organisations as appropriate.
  • The post holder must accept responsibility for ensuring that the policies and procedures relating to Health & Safety in the workplace are adhered to at all times.
  • The post holder must respect the confidentiality of data stored electronically and by other means in line with the Data Protection Act.
  • The post holder will not disclose to an unauthorised person any confidential information acquired through official duties unless they have received official permission to do so.

The ideal post-holder will have with proven successes raising funds from trusts and foundations, and will have a forte for research. The role can be based at home at later stages but initially will be based at our office near Bond Street Station.

Essential requirements

  • Qualifications-educated to a degree level or above, preferably in an international development related field.
  • Work experience-experience of working in the charity sector in fundraising
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • IT Skills- proficient user of MS Office including Access
  • Can do attitude and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to take initiative

Desired requirements

  • Knowledge of the disability sector and/or international development sector
  • Preferably able to demonstrate successful fundraising achievements with trusts and foundations/ corporate donors/ institutional donors
  • Experience with donor mapping and prospect research
  • Experience designing marketing materials and using relevant software.

We are looking for someone initially for 6 weeks possibly 3 days per week and would pay £150 per day.  Two days per week from office.  There can be some flexibility with working hours.

Please apply by emailing your CV and Cover letter at

Closing date 1st December 2017