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Philanthropy Fund Advisor

  • Full time
  • £31,000 – £36,000
  • Scotland (Remote Working)
  • Closing 7th December 2022

  • Advertised from 24th November 2022
  • Full time (or 4 days per week), Permanent


Foundation Scotland is Scotland's community foundation, helping communities take action, create positive change and deliver lasting impact through transformative funding. Their purpose is to support communities to shape their own future, with the capacity and resources to deliver it. They believe for every community to thrive, it should be resourced to match its vision.

Foundation Scotland is trusted by hundreds of communities across Scotland, and over four hundred donors are supported by their 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.

This is a full-time (or 4 days per week), fully remote working position.

The role:

Foundation Scotland's Philanthropy Team supports its donors to bring their philanthropic interests to life. The team work closely with its 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 individual and family philanthropists looking to impact the cause that means most to them, to corporate organisations looking to give back to the communities that support them. The team help to design and deliver a mix of Foundation Scotland advised funds and donor advised funding. Building strong relationships and enabling donors to make the most impact with their giving is at the heart of what they do.

The role itself will involve providing philanthropy advice to donors, planning approaches, designing grants programmes, programme delivery, devising & implementing decision-making processes, proactively growing engagement, Impact report writing and coordinating external assessor support. Communicating and getting the message out about the work of the Foundation will be an important component of this role, this will entail attending forums and events, representing the Foundation and sharing best practices with peer funders and other charities.

The person:

The successful candidate will have substantial experience in donor management, grant-making, and relationship management in the social sector or similar related environments. They will be practised in donor development, stewardship and communications in the corporate sector or the wider charity sector. This person will have excellent communication skills and nuanced and diplomatic relationship-building skills. Experience of supporting donors, particularly high net worth individuals on philanthropy related issues in addition to developing and tailoring Grants programme plans and monitoring/evaluation procedures. This person will be comfortable assessing financial accounts and will understand the importance of due diligence across the board. Experience in participating in events and forums would be useful as being highly competent in MS Office products and having used SALESFORCE or a similar CRM database.

This person will be a highly organised self-starter, the organisation is completely remote working with regular travel to meet grantees and donors across Scotland so the importance of careful planning and sound time management will be essential. A genuine interest and passion for the good work of Foundation Scotland will be essential to success in this role, connecting with Donors and grantees on a personal basis will be driven by this. Leadership and the ability to mobilise networks and take people with you in achieving goals and high levels of customer service is central to this role. This is a superb opportunity to play an essential role in improving the lives of people and communities in Scotland.

Application notes

Date closing: 07/12/2022

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