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Donor Relations Officer - Part-time

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

  • Advertised from 19th September 2023
  • Working week: 2-day (15-hour) Salary based on experience. Permanent post subject to 6 month probationary period.


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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Application notes

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Applications (covering letter and CV) to or by post to ME Research UK, The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth, PH1 5PP to arrive no later than 5pm on 15th September 2023.