ClientEarth • Berlin, London

Philanthropy Lead (0771)

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  £61,250 (London) / €79 900 (Berlin)

3–4 days/week at home

Core hours 10–4

Dog friendly

Job Description

Philanthropic income is a critical element of ClientEarth’s fundraising mix, especially its role in securing significant unrestricted income. Starting with a historically UK-centric philanthropy portfolio, our philanthropy team now works with supporters across Europe, US and Australia.

We are now looking to hire a new Lead role to drive forward our philanthropy programme across Europe. In this role, you will be responsible for setting strategic direction and promoting excellence management of your own portfolio of donors. You will be responsible for growing existing income streams, managing our Europe-based fundraisers and identifying new European philanthropic opportunities.

Meet your Manager

In this role, you will be managed by Emily Thomas. A fundraiser for over fifteen years, Emily has worked at charities including Brooke, National Trust and the Wildlife Trust. Prior to joining ClientEarth in 2018, Emily was part of the development team at London's Natural History Museum where she worked on the Hintze Hall transformation capital campaign and launch activity. As Associate Director, Philanthropy and Events at ClientEarth, Emily manages the global philanthropy and event teams and works alongside external stakeholders and a Development Board to secure income and connections for the organisation

Main Duties

  • Management of personal fix, six figure+ portfolio
  • Manage relationships with senior internal stakeholders
  • Develop and implement the Europe philanthropy strategy
  • Develop KPIs and financial targets for the philanthropy team
  • Support new fundraising focused geographic markets
  • Line management of the European philanthropy team with three direct reports and a wider team of eight
  • External stakeholder management

See the job description (below) for a full list of duties for this role.

Role requirements

  • Significant philanthropy management experience of being an active fundraiser and working with complex funders with demonstrable experience of securing five and six figure, and multi year gifts
  • Experience in multiple elements of philanthropy fundraising including identifying and building supporter bases in new geographies
  • Excellent knowledge of donor and pipeline management and financial processes
  • Experience in planning and leading strategic initiatives and ability to convene colleagues internally and ensure delivery of workstreams
  • Skilled and supportive line management style, strong leadership skills to motivate and guide staff
  • Excellent strategic mindset, problem solving capabilities and ability to think holistically without losing attention to detail

See the job description (below) for a full list of requirements for this role.

Note to candidates: We know that long lists of criteria can be daunting and that some candidates will not apply for a role unless they feel they are 100% qualified. If you feel you meet at least some of the essential criteria, we still encourage you to apply.

Further Information

Have a question about this job? Please visit our Careers site for advice on applying, FAQs, and more.

Flexible working: We are proud to be a Flexa accredited Employer. Visit our Flexa Employer page for more information on our approach to flexible working. Our flexible working policy allows our people the choice to decide to work from home in the country where their contract of employment is issued for 80% of their month, with the other 20% of their month being office-based See our Benefits page for more.

ClientEarth values diversity and inclusion and the benefits this brings. We aim to appoint the most suitable candidate at all times and welcome applications from people from all different backgrounds.

Please note that ClientEarth is only able to employ those who have the pre-existing legal right to work in the UK or Germany

ClientEarth is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice or legal services to third parties.

Company benefits

20-26 days annual leave + bank holidays
Work from anywhere scheme – 2023 pilot - see website for more details
Compassionate leave
Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Matched pension contribution
Enhanced maternity leave
Work from home allowance
Teambuilding days
Dog friendly office
Company shutdown periods
Buy or sell annual leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Cycle to work scheme
In office massages
In office yoga classes
Faith rooms
Salary sacrifice
Annual pay rises
L&D budget
Employees are largely happy with their working location freedom
Employees are largely happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that it can be hard to find balance at times
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel that they can mostly manage how they get their own work done

Working at ClientEarth

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Brussels, Warsaw, Madrid, Berlin, Beijing, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Tokyo

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
United States

Awards & Achievements

Charity & Tech For Good

Charity & Tech For Good

Industry awards 2023

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