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David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation is a highly effective wildlife conservation charity funding key projects across Africa and Asia.

We are currently looking for:

Trusts and Foundations Manager

Reports to:                         Chief Executive Officer

Works closely with:       Head of Policy and Programmes & Head of Finance

The role: The Trusts and Foundations Manager is a critical post within the charity. The Trusts and Foundations Manager will lead on activity with Trusts and Foundations at all levels, securing support for David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s conservation projects, UK educational programmes and other activities across the organisation.

Working with the Senior Management Team this position is part of a team of fundraisers which has the responsibility of raising more than £1.5m+ per annum. The Foundations fundraising activity is supported by the Senior Management Team and benefits from the expertise and support of the DSWF Board of Trustees.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy and development of new Trust and Foundation support:

  • To work with the Chief Executive Officer to plan and implement a strategy to deliver £300k+ annually from Trusts and Foundations.
  • To work with the Head of Policy and Programmes and other colleagues to identify opportunities for support and to shape them into compelling propositions for donors.
  • To proactively research, apply for and secure funding from Trusts and Foundations and public funding bodies in the UK and beyond, with a focus on widening DSWF’s pool of Trust and Foundation supporters.
  • To cultivate relationships with Trusts and Foundations Trustees, staff and other influencers through meetings, updates and invitations to DSWF events. Working with senior colleagues to build our network and establish meaningful and positive relationships.

Stewardship of existing Trust and Foundation supporters:

  • To foster and maintain existing relationships with Trusts and Foundations, through regular and appropriate communication, meetings and inclusion in DSWF events and activities.
  • To compile evaluation and financial reports and other information requested and required in a timely manner, tailored to the needs of specific funders.
  • To proactively identify opportunities for funders to see the results of their support and to meet key colleagues or beneficiaries.
  • To identify opportunities for existing supporters to renew and extend their support and communicating these opportunities in a timely and effective manner.


  • To ensure that the highest possible standards of stewardship and service are maintained across the team with a view to encouraging renewal of funding and increased involvement.
  • To work closely and positively with colleagues across the team and to support the events programme when required.
  • To keep the fundraising database accurate and up to date regarding grants, prospects, proposals and communications.
  • To provide regular updates on funds raised, approaches made, and other KPIs for Senior Management and DSWF’s Board of Trustees.
  • To keep abreast of developments and trends in fundraising (with a focus on Trust and Foundation fundraising) and bringing new opportunities to the attention of the wider DSWF team.
  • To undertake any related tasks as requested by the Chief Executive Officer.

Person Specification

Essential Skills:

  • Demonstrable experience of meeting fundraising targets and of identifying, building and maintaining effective relationships with Trusts and Foundations.
  • Experience of reading and interpreting financial statements and familiarity with Charity accounting.
  • Experience of working with colleagues across the organisation to identify fundraising opportunities.
  • Excellent communication skills – in person and in writing. Ability to synthesise complex information and to translate it into compelling copy for applications, updates and reports.
  • Ability to plan clearly and strategically.
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise competing short and long-term objectives.
  • Numerate with strong attention to detail and experience of preparing and working with project budgets.
  • Strong administration and computer skills, including MS Office.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside office hours as required.

Desirable Skills:

  • Experience of fundraising in a wildlife conservation environment.
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for the work of DSWF.
  • Experience of using Raisers Edge or a similar CRM.

Remuneration and Hours

This post is offered as a full time, permanent role.

Hours:                                   Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, with additional hours as required as necessary.

Reports to:                         Chief Executive Officer.

Salary:                                  £ 27,000 – £30,000 per annum, dependent on experience.

Holiday:                               20 days per annum rising to 22 days after two years’ service. An extra one day per annum will be given thereafter to a maximum of 25 days per annum. Bank Holidays also provided, and an additional holiday entitlement will be given at the Foundation’s discretion around Christmas and New Year.

Probationary Period:      6 months.

Notice Period:                   2 months.

Pension:                              As part of auto-enrolment you may be eligible for pension.  DSWF contributes 3% of basic salary to a stakeholder pension scheme, (Aviva are the provider), following 6 months service and successful probationary period.

Location:                             Surrey or London

How to apply: 

Please apply with your CV and covering letter (covering letter no more than 2 sides of A4 referencing the job description above) to: Natalie.archer@davidshepherd.org

We will begin interviewing immediately, so this position may be filled before the deadline closes. Please don’t wait before applying!


Fundraising & Events Manager

Team: Fundraising Team

Reports to: Head of Fundraising

Hours: 35 hours per week (Office based – Shalford, Surrey)

Job Purpose / Summary

To work closely with the Head of Fundraising to deliver David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s portfolio of fundraising initiatives and events. This is an exciting role which will help to build fundraising income and develop our supporter base and stewardship programmes in line with our ongoing development plans for growth. The post holder will take ownership of specific areas of fundraising (including planning, management and delivery), and will also work closely with the Head of Fundraising to support our wider fundraising activities and internal administration.

Duties and Responsibilities


  1. To develop and deliver DSWF’s portfolio of fundraising events including planning across the year, researching and evaluating potential event opportunities and ideas, making recommendations for different events and growth in this area.
  2. To manage the planning and implementation of each fundraising event in line with agreed aims and objectives and on time/to budget. Our current events include but are not limited to the following:
  • Wildlife Ball: An annual dinner evening for up to 400 people at a central London Hotel, with entertainment, fundraising and other engagement activities.
  • Wildlife Artist of the Year competition and exhibition: An annual art competition and exhibition Managing all aspects including communication schedules and plans (with our Comms and Marketing Manager), sponsors and categories, call for entries and entry administration, judges / judging panel sessions, artist liaison, exhibition planning, promotion, and delivery.
  • Christmas Concert: Managing our annual festive and community celebration at a venue local to our offices, including (celebrity) readers, school and performer involvement, after concert reception.
  • Conservation Led Events: Managing conservation focused events as planned throughout the year (i.e. panel discussions, film screenings, conservation talks etc.)
  • Supporter Led Events: Liaising directly with supporters organising their own events, maximising these opportunities, considering relevant income generation possibilities and delivering exposure at events. To attend networking events and represent and promote the work of the Foundation.
  1. To work closely with the Communications and Marketing Manager to develop strong promotional and marketing plans for each event which target existing and new audiences, utilising a variety of marketing and communication methods including direct marketing, key supporter/ major donor and corporate engagement and stewardship, wider press and social media activity.
  2. To maintain an up-to-date schedule of planned events and ensure regular updates are provided to all DSWF staff. To manage all ticketing systems as relevant and the processing of relevant data, logging, recording, taking payments etc. To analyse each event to report on success and improvement / change measures.


  1. To work closely with the Head of Fundraising to support and help develop other key areas of fundraising including (but not limited to) the following:
  • Corporate Fundraising and Engagement: Including stewarding and developing our existing partnerships and developing and growing our new pipeline for corporate partnerships. In particular a key area for this role is to help develop sponsorship opportunities in relation to our events but also generally in relation to our project-based funding portfolio.
  • Regular Giving: Managing and developing our Wildlife Shepherds (regular givers) ensuring excellent stewardship and engagement and growing this income stream where possible.
  • Appeals: Working with the Head of Fundraising and Fundraising & Database Executive to manage our portfolio of fundraising appeals.
  1. Supporting the Fundraising & Database Executive to manage, develop and steward our schools fundraising programme, including Charity of the Year partnerships and the World Animal Day initiative.


  1. To take responsibility for key areas of fundraising administration relating to the role including:
  • Data management: To be responsible for excellent data management relating to your fundraising areas, adhering to relevant fundraising rules and regulations and working with the Fundraising and Database Executive to ensure that all supporter and event information is recorded accurately on our Database. Utilising targeting and segmentation techniques where possible and analysing success of activities fully post activity.
  • Budget management: To manage all aspects of the financial budgets (income and expenditure) relating to each area of fundraising or event for which the role has responsibility for. To ensure that all avenues for income generation through and at our events, for example through auctions, raffles, sales and donations, are optimised.
  • Marketing, Communications and promotion: To work closely with the Communications & Marketing Manager to build plans for promotion of fundraising activities and events including direct supporter communications (post / email), press, e-news, DSWF magazine content, social media etc.
  • Celebrity involvement: To liaise and work with the Head of Fundraising to develop celebrity, artist and education involvement in relation to our fundraising activities and events.
  • Overall: To ensure that all fundraising activities and events are carried out professionally, on time and to budget.

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills & Experience Essential Desirable
Qualifications GCSE English and Maths or equivalent

A Level or equivalent level of education

Degree level qualification
Skills, Knowledge & Experience Experience of managing and developing fundraising initiatives and/or fundraising events.

Experience of working with different stakeholders to fundraising including for example corporate partners, individual fundraisers, event attendees and volunteers.

Experience of managing fundraising income and expenditure budgets.

Experience of using and updating Raisers Edge (or other charity database software) including benefits of segmentation and targeting.

A good understanding of excellent supporter stewardship, techniques and management.

Start-to-finish project management experience, excellent administration and planning skills.

Experience of managing budgets (income and expenditure).

Excellent communication skills, both verbally in writing, to be assertive, tactful and persuasive.

Good IT skills and excellent knowledge and experience of MS Word and Excel, iPhoto and database entry/reporting experience.

Good networking skills to be able to identify opportunities to meet relevant people and engage them in the work of the Foundation.

Excellent ability to build, nurture and develop strong professional relationships.

Self-motivated and able to work independently as well as part of a team.

Able to work to deadlines whilst maintaining a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.

An appreciation of classical and contemporary art including paintings and sculpture.

Experience of setting, negotiating and agreeing contractual terms within a relevant setting.

Experience of sales and marketing.

Experience of working within the art sector and artist community.