Senior Trust Fundraising Manager

We are looking for an experienced Senior Trusts and Foundations Manager to lead on high value income generation

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Hybrid - Two days per week in office based near London Bridget


Full time, 35 hours per week over 5 days.




£44,000 per year 

Job Description

Whizz Kidz: the facts

Over 75,000 young people aren’t getting the wheelchair or support that fully meets their needs.

Without the ability to be independent young wheelchair users are restricted in their ability to socialise and participate in society.

We’re here to change that.

As the UK’s leading charity for young wheelchair users (9 months -25 years old), we empower young people by providing the wheelchairs, equipment, support and confidence-building experiences they need, and campaigning for a more inclusive society.

And we won’t stop until they are mobile, enabled and included.

Our vision

A society in which every young wheelchair user is mobile, enabled and included.

Our values

We are young people focused, ambitious, collaborative and inclusive.

Job summary

The Trusts and Foundations Team is part of the Fundraising and Marketing Communications Department and is central to Whizz Kidz contributing to its ambitious goal of ensuring that every young wheelchair user in the UK is mobile, enabled and included. The six-strong team is responsible for delivering over £3m a year for the organisation’s services.

We are looking for an experienced Senior Trusts and Foundations Manager to lead on high value income generation. They will do this in collaboration with the Head of Trusts and Foundations and the wider team. They will be responsible for researching suitable 5 and 6 figure funding opportunities that are in line with Whizz Kidz’s strategic plan and fundraising priorities. New business will be an initial key focus for the role. The postholder will also manage a number of existing high value grants and ensure strong stewardship of existing partnerships. This is a well-established income stream for Whizz Kidz with content for proposals readily available and accessible and you will have the opportunity to work with long standing supporters, helping them feel inspired by the impact of their gift. You will use your skills of relationship management to make a real difference to the lives of young wheelchair users. Finally, you will join an ambitious, young person focused and collaborative fundraising team, keen to share success and support one another.

The person

The ideal candidate will have experience of identifying and successfully bidding for 5 and 6 figure grants from Trusts and Foundations sources and will be an excellent spoken and written communicator with a particular emphasis on funding application writing and reporting. They will have strong prospect research skills with the ability to secure high value funding partnerships and an understanding of the issues young wheelchair users face so as to convey the work of Whizz Kidz to funders. They will have strong attention to detail including in relation to budgeting and donor reporting and an ability to manage their time effectively and prioritise their own workload.

Key accountabilities

  • Carry out weekly searches of funding opportunities developing a pipeline of 5 and 6 figure donors.
  • Engage with potential and existing funders on the phone, virtually and face to face.
  • Identify suitable programmes and case for support with Service and Policy Teams assessing project viability for grant applications and operational and resource requirements.
  • Build strong internal working relationships with colleagues to facilitate effective fundraising.
  • Prepare and submit applications and budgets to funders.
  • Work with the Finance Team to ensure that accurate proposal budgets are created and to ensure that grants are used to fund the projects or activities that they were raised for in a timely fashion.
  • Meet annual income targets.
  • Manage high value grants ensuring compliance with donor regulations and requirements.
  • Provide excellent stewardship through written narrative and financial reports for funders and through identifying broader engagement opportunities including event participation.
  • Work with key members of delivery staff and the Finance Team to monitor spend on restricted grants.
  • Meet with donors and prepare briefing packs for colleagues participating in donor meetings.
  • Work with Service teams to ensure high quality implementation from funding application to project delivery, reviewing project outcomes and impact and integrating these into future bidding activity.

The post holder will also:

  • Work within all policies, procedures and budgets set by Whizz Kidz.
  • Act at all times in the best interest of Whizz Kidz.
  • Form effective working relationships with all colleagues members, volunteers and outside organisations as appropriate.
  • Take responsibility for ensuring that the policies and procedures relating to Health & Safety in the workplace are adhered to at all times.
  • Respect the confidentiality of data stored electronically and by other means in line with the Data Protection Act.
  • Not disclose to an unauthorised person any confidential information acquired through official duties unless they have received official permission to do so.

The above list is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be expected within the scope and job rank of the post.

Please note: This post is subject to an Enhanced level DBS Disclosure, which will be sought prior to the confirmation of a job offer.

    A few perks

    The wellbeing of our colleagues is of paramount importance to our success as an organisation, and we want to ensure that our benefits package provides something of value for everyone, whether it is our generous holiday entitlement, wellbeing days, Healthcare cash plan, long-service awards. We hope you agree!

    Annual leave

    25 days of annual leave per annum plus Bank Holiday (pro-rata for part time colleagues).

    Christmas closure

    In addition to annual leave, employees get three days of paid Christmas leave.


    Automatic enrolment for all colleagues with the option to opt out. Contributions of 5% gross salary made by both Whizz Kidz and employees. We will match higher contributions of up to 6% of gross basic salary.

    Simply health

    Automatic enrolment in a fully paid for cash plan that assists you with everyday health costs. This scheme is also available to your families for an extra charge.

    Season ticket loan

    An interest free loan of up to £5,000 following the successful completion of the Probationary Period.

    You can find out more about our perks here.

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    Please note; only candidates successful in obtaining an interview will be contacted.

    We are committed to achieving equal opportunities in employment. Please let us know whether you require any reasonable adjustments for application or interview.

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    A Whizz Kidz staff member smiles with a young wheelchair user