We at Marathon Kids UK are looking for a Corporate Fundraiser who will be able to drive all aspects of fundraising for our small charity based in Leamington Spa?

You must have previous experience of fundraising with proof of grant writing and winning bids. Joining our team you will also support and manage our Fundraising Assistant.

See the full job description below:

Marathon Kids UK – Corporate Fundraiser
Where: Head Office, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Salary: £25,000
Commitment: 5 days per week (40hrs)
Reporting to: Managing Director
Leading: Fundraising Assistant
Annual leave: 28 days per annum plus Bank Holidays

Marathon Kids UK
Marathon Kids UK inspires the next generation to become physically active.
We believe that running has the power to show kids they can achieve more than they ever dreamed possible!
The Marathon Kids UK programme and accompanying tracking systems encourages kids to set goals and run distances of multiple marathons over the course of an academic year.
One kilometre at a time, our Marathon Kids unlock their potential, learning grit, determination, and the feeling of pure joy that comes from crushing your goals — mentally as well as physically.
Marathon Kids UK – Job Description Summary
Marathon Kids UK is looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual to manage all corporate fundraising activities for the charity.
Reporting to the Managing Director, you will manage all income generating activities to support Marathon Kids UK in achieving its aims and objectives. Working alongside a small, but dedicated team, you will manage current funders, seek new sponsors and set up and host fundraising events. You will work to a target to sustain and grow income from Community and Challenge Events and support other fundraising activities, as needed, across a range of income streams.
At Marathon Kids UK we are looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and self-motivated applicant with a strong desire to succeed. This role would suit someone who has fundraising experience and enjoys inspiring and supporting individuals, community groups and local businesses to raise funds. We are looking for someone who wants to join us on our journey to activate children and families all across the UK and welcome applicants with a passion to inspire and make a difference to the lives of children and young people.
Whilst experience of fundraising in the voluntary sector is highly desirable (including a broad understanding of the current fundraising landscape, funders priorities and target funders), other relevant fundraising experience will be considered. You need to have grant writing experience and previous successes in winning grants.
At Marathon Kids UK, we rely on the generosity of our donors, sponsors & partners to be able to deliver our services to children and their families across the UK. Marathon Kids UK will support you in developing your skills further and give you valuable experience within a fast paced and continuously evolving, national charity.

Principal Duties –
• Find annual corporate sponsors;
• Connect with larger organisations and build rapport i.e. sport England, UK Athletics etc;
• Inspire new supporters to raise money, while maintaining and developing relationships with existing supporters.
• Increase funds by researching and targeting charitable trusts whose criteria match the charity’s aims and activities.
Specific Areas Of Responsibility –
• Develop new and imaginative fundraising activities, including working with Raceways Events CIC to maximise fundraising through events;
• Raise awareness of the charity and its work at local and national levels, e.g. by giving talks to groups or seeking photo opportunities with the media;
• Develop and co-ordinate web-based fundraising, online auctions and merchandise sales
• Develop and implement a strategy for individual and corporate supporter recruitment and development;
• Manage and update databases to record donor contact and preference information;
• Write applications and mail-shots, using direct mailing to reach a range of potential and current donors;
• Make risk analyses and balancing time-cost ratios to focus effort on the most appropriate fundraising activities with the highest chance of success.

Essential Qualifications

· GCSE English, Science and Maths (or equivalent)

· A-Level or equivalent level qualification

Desirable Qualifications

· Certificate in Fundraising

· Member of the Institute of Fundraising

Essential Skills

· A confident communicator who can build great relationships over the telephone and face-to-face

· Good writing skills, including the ability to produce clear concise letters, plans and proposals

· Excellent organisational skills

· Excellent administrative skills and IT literacy (Microsoft Office)

· Ability to develop & implement plans

· Excellent time management

· Self-initiative

Desirable Skills

· Fundraising, sales and/or marketing experience

· Project management skills

· Experience of database management

Essential Knowledge

· The basic principles of Fundraising – including the planning process, income sources and donor stewardship

· Volunteers – recruitment, motivation and management

Desirable Knowledge

· Knowledge of the national charity landscape

· Understanding of The Code of Fundraising Practice

· Knowledge of Trusts and Foundations

Essential Experience

Evidence of:

· Success in building and forming working relationships

· Ability to communicate effectively to an audience

· Working within the community and/or voluntary sector

· Carrying out administrative duties effectively

Desirable Experience

Experience of:

· Working in Community Fundraising within the charity sector

· Success in securing funding and proven ability to reach targets

· Experience of public speaking

Personal Qualities

· Ability to work under pressure to financial targets

· Ability to use own initiative, plan ahead and to work accurately to tight deadlines, and to prioritise between conflicting demands

· Comfortable in dealing with people in a variety of situations and at all levels

· Polite, enthusiastic, committed, flexible and adaptable

· Good attention to detail

· High level of initiative and judgement

· Ability to work alone, with others & in a team

· Professional approach

· Supporter focused

· Ability to maintain confidentiality


· Ability to travel independently and willing to work away from normal place of work as required

· An understanding and commitment to the Code of Fundraising Practice

· The flexibility to work outside of normal working hours including evenings and weekends where needed

Applying For The Role –
Please send your CV with a covering letter outlining your experience, grants/funding secured and suitability for the post to Samantha Young, Head of Operations at info@marathonkids.co.uk
If you have any questions regarding the role or application process, please contact Samantha on 07711 349592 or email her at info@marathonkids.co.uk


Marathon Kids in the UK is a programme of Kids Run Free.

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