Location: London

Candidates must have a valid right to work in the UK.


Salary: up to £30,676 (per annum, pro rata inclusive of London Weighting); 2-year fixed term contact

Benefits: various opportunities of flexible working and sector competitive benefits


Do you want to help create a more sustainable world?

We are looking for an optimistic, proactive, and outcomes-oriented Fundraising Development Officer to support our trust, foundation and major donor fundraising and help us achieve the greatest possible impact in the world.

You will help grow restricted income for priority projects and core funding to strengthen Forum’s capacity to achieve its mission. With an understanding of what it takes to inspire support from the high value philanthropic community, you will help Forum maintain strong relationships with our existing funders, identify and engage new donors, and also support the development of fundraising processes and systems.


Forum for the Future is a leading global sustainability non-profit. For over 20 years we’ve been working to accelerate the shift to a sustainable future by transforming the systems we live in.

We specialise in addressing critical global challenges – from keeping global warming within 1.5 degrees to ensuring more sustainable food systems and livelihoods – by working in partnership with business, governments and civil society to catalyse change.

We are a global team, with offices in London, New York, Singapore and Mumbai, and are in an exciting growth phase with expansion in new markets in Asia and the United States.

About the team

This role sits within Forum’s small, resourceful and passionate communications and development team. We have a combined expertise in income generation from trusts, foundations, HNWIs and corporates as well as community engagement, public relations, communications and marketing. Based in London and working globally, our aim is to raise our brand profile, build long-term funding relationships and grow income to drive systems change for sustainability.

About the role

Working collaboratively with the Development Manager and other colleagues, you will:

  • Use your communications skills to steward trust and major donors across all of Forum’s geographies, identifying any supporters at this level that we might inspire to make a bigger gift.
  • Deliver inspiring engagement activities that progress Forum’s funding relationships, including managing events.
  • Create content for proposals, grant reports and fundraising communications.
  • Help to develop the donor pipeline and funder relationships through targeted prospect research, including funder profiles and event biographies.
  • Be responsible for the back office functionality so critical to successful fundraising – supporting our global teams in delivering grant reports on time, processing donations, thanking donors and ensuring that Salesforce is up to date and accurate.

Beyond the day-to-day, this role offers a fantastic opportunity for a talented early-career fundraiser to contribute to the development of a fast growing philanthropy function, and gain experience in what it takes to successfully manage strategic funding partnerships in the UK, Europe, US and Asia.

About you

You have proven experience in trust or major donor fundraising (or equivalent sales role), with strong relationship building skills and a talent for storytelling. You are proactive, and take a collaborative approach to working with your colleagues to generate philanthropic income.

You enjoy using your project management and organisational skills to deliver income growth and relationship outcomes, including event management, prospect research, and grant and database administration.

You understand the importance to a high performing philanthropy function of effective, efficient systems and processes, and have a good working knowledge of data protection legislation and compliance in relation to fundraising.

Adaptable and solutions-focused, you thrive on the opportunities and challenges that come with being part of a small, busy team.

You will have a distinctive advantage if you:

  • Show commitment to your professional development, and are a member of the Institute of Fundraising
  • Have used Salesforce to manage high value relationships and events.
  • Have fundraised for sustainability organisations or projects.
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of fundraising in the US or Asian markets.

Application process

To find out more about this vacancy, please read the job description. If you would like to speak to Clare Baker, our development manager, please call us on our reception line (+44) 207 324 3630 between 9.00am – 2.00pm.

To apply for this role, please send your up-to-date CV and a covering letter to [email protected].

In your covering letter, you should clearly explain your motivation for applying for the post and provide specific evidence demonstrating how you meet the required capabilities as detailed in the job description. We will not consider applications without covering letters tailored to this opportunity. This information will be used to decide whether or not to invite you for interview. Your covering letter should be no longer than two A4 pages.

We kindly ask you not to attach or insert your photograph in your CV or covering letter, nor put your name or surname anywhere in the covering letter. We are committed to equal opportunities. By removing these details from the application, it helps our recruiting team to evaluate people on their skills and experience instead of factors that can lead to unconsciously biased decisions. 

Closing date: 23:59 BST on 19 August 2019.

Please note we are unable to respond to all applications. If you have not heard from us within the three weeks of the closing date, please assume we are not taking your application further.

Once you have completed this application, we kindly ask you to also complete our Equal Opportunities form.