ME Research
ME Research

Charity registered in Scotland SC036942

The principal aim of ME Research UK is to commission and fund high-quality scientific (biomedical) investigation into the causes, consequences and treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as ME/CFS). This is a debilitating illness which affects between 120,000 and 240,000 people in the UK, but is neither well understood nor, in many cases, properly recognised. We also have a mission to Energise ME Research, which involves raising awareness of the need for biomedical research into ME/CFS globally, and providing high quality information on all aspects of the illness for a wide range of audiences – from summarising and appraising scientific literature on ME/CFS to informing the policy agenda.

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Donor Relations Officer - Part-time

  • Part time
  • £25,000 pro-rata
  • Remote
  • Closing 4th October 2023

Overall Purpose of Role: To facilitate the work of ME Research UK by securing income through providing excellent donor stewardship which recognises and inspires individuals, groups, trusts, and, potentially, corporate entities, to begin or to maximise their giving. The Donor Relations Officer will grow the supporter base of the charity by identifying, researching and implementing new ways to approach potential supporters and by creating/retaining an engaged, active, and loyal supporter base

Background: ME/CFS is a debilitating illness, which is estimated to affect up to 250,000 people in the UK alone, but significant challenges remain in its diagnosis and treatment. ME Research UK aims to change this. We commission and fund high-quality scientific (biomedical) investigation into the causes, consequences and treatment of ME/CFS. Founded in the year 2000, we have funded 65 research projects globally at a cost of over £4m and, most recently added a PhD level research scheme to our grant making activities.

Main Responsibilities

  • You will take the lead role in income generation within the charity. The role includes
  • Recognising the input of current donors and encouraging increased donations whilst also increasing income from other current income streams.
  • Attracting, inspiring, and supporting fundraisers to maximise their fundraising potential, recognise their efforts, and secure an ongoing future relationship with the charity.
  • Identifying, researching, submitting, and managing regular funding applications to trusts and grant making bodies on behalf of ME Research UK and maintain strong relationships with them by complying with their reporting/grant making requirements.
  • Leading the development and implementation of the charity’s fundraising strategy to ensure resilient and robust income streams - this to include regular fundraising appeals, legacy income, regular donations, payroll giving, and active fundraising opportunities e.g. examining paid places in events such as marathons

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