Philanthropy Lead

Location London
Flex Type Various flexible
Role Basis Permanent
Salary £45,475 – £48,066
Company Charity People

Are you looking for a new role as a Philanthropy Lead? Are you passionate about improving the lives of children and young people with cancer? Charity People are delighted to be partnering with Young Lives vs Cancer to find their new Philanthropy Lead.

Philanthropy Lead
£45,475 – £48,066
4 Direct reports
Full-time but open to compressed hours or part-time
Hybrid based in London or Bristol
Benefits: 27 days leave plus Bank Holidays, Plus option to buy or sell up to 2 weeks, Wellbeing and Development day once a quarter, enhanced pension, employee assistant programme, 2 volunteering days, bike-to-work scheme.

About the charity

When a child or young person is diagnosed with cancer, their whole world (and their family’s) can feel like it’s falling apart. Their anxieties are deep. Their education, mental health and social lives suffer. Their futures feel very uncertain. Young Lives vs Cancer is the only charity in the UK with specialist social workers dedicated to providing tailored psychosocial support to children and young people with cancer, and their families. They stop at nothing to make their voices heard and their unique needs understood, so they can get the right care and support at the right time.

About the Role

As part of the Income Generation team, you’ll be responsible for delivering the philanthropy strategy and building strong relationships with high-value donors and grant-making organisations.

Your role will be to engage potential and existing supporters, understand their motivations, and secure five and six-figure donations to support our mission. You will also build donor pathways and provide exemplary stewardship to build long-lasting relationships with donors. As an expert in philanthropy, you’ll have a high level of autonomy and will need to use your initiative to develop and drive forward opportunities.

About you

You are an experienced philanthropy fundraiser with excellent communication skills and a proven track record of securing significant grants. You’ll be managing an established trusts programme and leading on developing the philanthropy programme. You’ll work with colleagues across the team to identify opportunities for growth within the existing portfolio of corporate partnerships, major donors, events, and trusts. You’ll also be up to date with key market trends, activities, and changes in the sector.

To excel in this role, you’ll need to have exceptional written skills and the ability to absorb complex information and translate it into clear, logical, and appropriate communications. You’ll also have excellent verbal and communication skills.

As a Philanthropy Lead, you’ll have a high level of influence and negotiation skills, with a strong understanding of the needs of all high-value audiences. You’ll be able to work as part of a team, collaborating with peers, managers, and executives.

If you’re an ambitious and strategic self-starter with a passion for making a difference, we want to hear from you. Please send your CV to and we will arrange a call.

The role is interviewing on a rolling basis so please get in touch soon if you are interested.

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