Trusts and Foundations Manager*

Job Title: Trusts and Foundations Manager*

*Maternity Cover to January 2021 with possibility of extension

Responsible to: Head of Fundraising

Direct report: Trusts and Major Gifts Officer

Job purpose: To generate unrestricted income from new funders as well as manage a portfolio of existing Trusts and Foundations

Salary: £41,742 – 46,539 with London weighting

Hours: Part time or full time will be considered (minimum 3 days/week)

Location: Offices based in Vauxhall, London (flexible working offered

Closing Date: 9am, 15th January 2020

Please send your application form to: personnel@healthpovertyaction.org. We will review applications ongoing so early submissions are appreciated!


Health Poverty Action acts in solidarity with health workers, activists and communities worldwide to improve health and challenge the causes of poverty.

Our distinct approach can be summarised as a combination of three features:

We approach health as an issue of social justice
Health is a human right that many are currently denied. The greatest causes of poor health worldwide are political, social and economic injustices. This is a global scandal which causes unnecessary suffering on a massive scale.

We tackle these complex root causes of social injustice in two ways. Firstly, we work in partnership with communities to help them take back the power to improve their own health. Secondly, we campaign on a national and international level to change policy, and destroy unjust power relations.

We prioritise those missed out by others
We believe in health for all, without exclusion. Development organisations tend to cluster together, which leaves large populations with almost no support at all. People may be living in hard to reach areas, or are difficult to support for some other reason. We make these most neglected populations our highest priority.

We address the full range of factors which impact on health
Health is a combination of physical, mental and social wellbeing. As well as strengthening health services we work on areas such as nutrition, water, sanitation, gender discrimination, and income generation. Tackling one cause of poor health in isolation can give the appearance of improving health in the short term, but tackling numerous factors together saves lives.

We are acutely aware of how our own power dynamics as an organisation impact on the people we work with, and we work in partnership with communities to create long term relationships built on trust.

We are part of a global movement for health justice – the People’s Health Movement (PHM). The PHM is today’s embodiment of the primary health care movement and the radical vision it set out continues to rally health workers and policy makers worldwide. This quote from the founding document of this movement, the People’s Health Charter, sums up the essence of Health Poverty Action’s values and identity:

“Health is a social, economic and political issues and above all a fundamental human right. Inequality, poverty, exploitation, violence and injustice are at the root of ill-health and the deaths of poor and marginalised people. Health for all means that powerful vested interests have to be challenged, and that political and economic priorities have to be drastically changed. This Charter encourages people to develop their own solutions, and to hold accountable local authorities, national governments, international organisations and corporations.”

In 2017 we also formed a strategic partnership with Find Your Feet. As the funding landscape changes, smaller NGOs like Find Your Feet are finding it necessary to explore new ways of working to secure the long-term sustainability of their work. The partnership ensures Find Your Feet’s livelihoods work will continue to be as strong as ever in the future as a part of Health Poverty Action. By sharing expertise to create more holistic health and livelihoods projects, we will maximise the benefits felt by the communities we work with around the world.


Context of the role

It’s an exciting time to join Health Poverty Action’s fundraising team. We are innovating the strategic direction of our team, including identifying and investing in areas for growth and setting ambitious but achievable goals for the years ahead.

You will be working within a team (and organisation) of value-driven and dedicated people. We care about our work culture and strive to make Health Poverty Action a place where people feel valued and want to work. Given our minimal bureaucracy, our team has a large amount of freedom to design plans and campaigns that are engaging, fun, and aligned with our values.

Each member of the team plays a vital role in how we work – everyone’s voice has value.

This role has been shaped to allow you to grow your skills in fundraising for a range of development projects, and there is a lot of opportunity to put your own mark on the role.

This is the perfect role for an experienced trusts and foundations fundraiser who can balance securing new unrestricted income, especially using full cost recovery methods, with taking responsibility for a varied portfolio of relationships with funders currently ranging from £2,000 to £200,000.

You will be a self-starter and innovative in your approach to locating new sources of unrestricted income. You will have pro-active relationship management skills to ensure we grow and maintain our existing portfolio. You will have a track record of securing 6-figure multi-year funding from UK Foundations, ideally as well as those from funders in the United States and Europe. Ideal candidates will bring established relationships with various funders to be able to hit the ground running!

The current Trusts and Foundations budget is over £500,000 per annum, which includes key responsibilities around raising match funding as well as ensuring full cost recovery for our projects. You will also be charged with managing the strategy and budget for the area.

There are currently two Trusts and Foundations positions in our small and dedicated Fundraising Team – this position which manages a newly-created Trusts and Major Gifts Officer who supports Trusts and Foundations as well as a burgeoning Major Gifts programme.

It’s a new year, and a great chance to make a change. If this sounds like the right opportunity for you – even if you don’t have every bit of experience mentioned here – we’d love to hear from you. We are open to hearing from candidates who feel they can bring their experience, energy and personality into our work to build our Trusts and Foundations income. We support flexible working whenever possible, and we are open to considering either a part time or full time role to suit the right person.

By working with us you can ensure people worldwide are able to improve their health and livelihoods!


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