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Philanthropy Adviser

  • Full time
  • £31,183
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 28th September 2022

  • Advertised from 16th September 2022
  • 35 hours per week


Our purpose is to support communities to shape their future with the capacity and resources to deliver it. We believe for every community to thrive, it should be resourced to match its vision and powered by transformative funding. Our ability to combine knowledge, finance and expertise helps them take action, create positive change, and deliver lasting impact in their own communities. As Scotland’s community foundation, we champion this belief.

We are trusted by hundreds of communities across Scotland, and over 400 donors count on our services. More than £150 million has been distributed to charitable organisations, social enterprises, and community groups across Scotland through innovative funding programmes and social investment since the Foundation launched in 1996.

Foundation Scotland is one of 47 community foundations in the UK and part of a global network of over 1800 foundations worldwide, each inspiring change in their communities

The Philanthropy Team

Foundation Scotland’s Philanthropy Team supports our donors to bring their philanthropic interests to life. The team work closely with our donors to understand what matters to them and helps them to shape this passion into giving strategies and grants programmes.

The team manages many high-volume national grant programmes and a large number of smaller, more focused funds. The team works with a broad range of donors, from corporate organisations looking to give back to the communities that support them to individual and family philanthropists looking to impact the cause that means most to them. We help to design and deliver a mix of Foundation Scotland advised funds and donor-advised funding.

Building strong relationships and enabling our donors to make the most significant impact with their giving is at the heart of what we do.

Reporting to the Head of Philanthropy & Quality, the purpose of the role is:

  • To manage and support a portfolio of donors from a range of sources such as high net worth individuals, families, corporate donors, charitable Trusts, and Foundations and programmes in partnership with UK Community Foundations (UKCF)
  • Provide effective philanthropy advice and develop new and increased business through the cultivation and stewardship of on-going relationships. This is achieved by supporting donors to develop their giving strategies, providing grantmaking programmes and effective ways for them to manage their giving in Scotland.
  • Connect with other grantmakers and networks such as the funders’ forums frontline to raise our profile, demonstrate impact and build on learning.


  • Life Assurance at 3 times annual salary
  • Defined contribution scheme with 6% Employers contribution
  • MS Office license to use on a personal device whilst employed by FS
  • 35 days annual leave [All public holidays need to be taken from this allowance]
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Working pattern flexibility

Please download the Job Description below for further details about the role.

Application notes

Closing date: 28th September with interviews due to take place w/c 3rd October.

To apply, please email your CV & Cover Letter to