Blood Cancer UK • Flexible

Senior Major Gifts Manager

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  £42,000 - £58,000 / year

Remote-first – With Office Locations

Fully flexible hours

Job Description

As a key part of the charity’s high-performing and ambitious Partnerships and Philanthropy Team, this role provides a fantastic opportunity for someone to take our expanding philanthropy programme to the next level. We’re looking for an entrepreneurial fundraiser who can deliver a step-change in our ability to beat blood cancer sooner.

You will join a collaborative and supportive organisation that has been recognised as the most inspiring not for profit workplace at the Inspiring Workplaces EMEA Awards 2022 (7th overall across all workplaces) and been recognised by Best Companies as the 9th best charity to work for in the UK.

Key Responsibilities

Drive forward the organisation’s new business engagement with HNWIs:

  • Work alongside our skilled Prospect Researcher to build a pipeline of newly identified HNWIs aligned with Blood Cancer UK’s aims
  • Develop engaging, innovative and bespoke approaches for all prospects
  • Work with senior colleagues, volunteers, influencers, clinicians and researchers to seek and develop peer-level introductions and relationships
  • Meet with all prospects regularly and as required, developing the face-to-face relationships that are beneficial for effective fundraising
  • Ensure prospects are moved through the pipeline from identification, through cultivation and to pledge, in a timely manner, presenting opportunities and making asks that are ambitious, exciting and tangible
  • Contribute to the design and delivery of engaging cultivation events, creating those moments in the calendar that are suited to building new relationships and inspiring donors to give their biggest gift

Ensure an engaging and best-in-class experience for your donors · Work with colleagues to create and deliver moments of stewardship that are personal to each donor and demonstrate the impact of their philanthropy, inspiring them to give again.· Deliver long-lasting relationships through connecting donors to our cause via interaction with senior colleagues, researchers, and people affected by blood cancer.
Work alongside the Head of Philanthropy in the preparation and delivery of our upcoming high-value Fundraising Appeal
· Play a key role in the development of our case-for-support, meeting regularly with colleagues in our mission teams, and writing and reviewing fundraising materials and proposals· Engage external stakeholders in the recruitment of key roles such as Chair of the Appeal Board and Board members· Help create a stewardship journey for those who donate to the appeal, ensuring that the impact of their donation is bought to life, and that they remain connected to the charity beyond the appeal
General Responsibilities:· Constantly scan the environment and charity sector to ensure we are delivering the best possible experience for our supporters and are aware of new opportunities
· Diligently maintain and update cultivation plans, assessing gift potential and devising next steps. · Ensure all relevant interactions with donors and prospects are recorded on our CRM· Closely track income and expenditure · Help set and monitor individual and team KPIs THINGS WE ALL DO• Promote Blood Cancer UK’s vision, mission and core values • We’re all fundraisers. This is slightly different for all roles, and your team will have fundraising KPIs and objectives we all work to• Attend and assist at Blood Cancer UK events and activities as required (NB this involves evening and weekend work)• Be an effective ambassador for Blood Cancer UK at any activity you attend• All staff are expected to adhere to Blood Cancer UK’s policies and procedures• Do any other reasonable things your manager needs you to do

Skills Knowledge and Expertise

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, with the ability develop new relationships with HNWI, senior colleagues, and other senior volunteers and influencers
  • Experience of securing six and seven figure donations from HNWIs
  • Entrepreneurial drive and commitment to growing and maintaining a portfolio of supporters and securing transformational income
  • Experience of working on a high-value fundraising appeal and of developing and reviewing a case for support
  • Experience of developing a new business pipeline
  • High level of resilience and ability to consistently pursue opportunities
  • Able to set and monitor delivery of budgets and annual plans
  • Able to work as part of a successful team
  • Able to work well under pressure, pushing forward multiple projects simultaneously and be solutions focused

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – Our maternity/shared parental/adoption offer is 12 weeks at full pay, 12 weeks at half pay, followed by 15 weeks at the statutory rate.
Enhanced paternity leave – Our paternity leave offer is 6 weeks at full pay.
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
Work from anywhere scheme – For the vast majority of our roles, there is no requirement to work from one of our offices. We meet up as an organisation at 2-4 in-person events each year, such as all-staff away days.
30 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay – Our enhanced sick pay offer is: Up to two years’ service: 4 weeks full pay and 4 weeks half pay After two years’ service: 12 weeks full pay and 12 weeks half pay
Pregnancy loss leave
Fertility treatment leave
Teambuilding days

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options Blood Cancer UK provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure Blood Cancer UK is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

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Working at Blood Cancer UK

Company employees


Office locations

London and Edinburgh

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
What employees are saying

"There has been a significant shift in our ways of working over the last few years. It feels as though it has become the norm to work as flexibly as you feel comfortable with. There are periods in the year where it gets extremely busy, but the skills we're developing in house are focused on time management and prioritisation to support all staff to feel confident to challenge or offer alternative solutions if capacity is stretched."

Anonymous Blood Cancer UK Employee

Awards & Achievements
Most flexible Charity & Tech For Good companies – 1st

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