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Philanthropy Manager

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Diabetes UK has a strong history of philanthropy, with a core group of 30+ committed major donors and a world leading research programme that has historically inspired philanthropists to support us at a significant level. Over the next few years we want to take this to the next level, growing philanthropic support sustainably so that we can do more to help people living with diabetes.

The need to support people living with diabetes has never been clearer. There are nearly five million people living with all types of diabetes today, and they are amongst those most vulnerable to the covid-19 pandemic. Diabetes UK has huge potential to grow philanthropic support and joining us as philanthropy manager, you will receive the time and support that you will need to achieve this. 

Interview date: 17 May 2021

Role Responsibility

As our new philanthropy manager, you will be joining an established and well-resourced philanthropy & partnerships team. The philanthropy programme at Diabetes UK has grown in recent years, and we now have a wider range of major donors, supporting a wider range of work, than ever before. As the philanthropy manager you will play a major role in our ambition for the years ahead.

You will lead on cultivating and stewarding major donors giving £5-100k p.a., building strong and effective relationships with external stakeholders and colleagues at all levels. You will manage your own portfolio of major donors, as well as leading on the expansion and development of our high value giving club, the Banting Circle. With significant understanding of major donor fundraising, you will bring a positive and thoughtful approach to your work and will relish the opportunity to increase income from new and existing supporters alike.

Our executive leadership team understands the importance and potential of philanthropy to transform the work that we do, and with us commemorating the anniversary of 100 years of insulin next year, this is an exciting time to be joining the philanthropy team at Diabetes UK. 

The Ideal Candidate

  • A philanthropy specialist with relevant experience in developing relationships with high net worth individuals, including experience of securing donations from major donors of at least £5k
  • An excellent communicator with an ability to persuade and influence internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • An ability to lead conversations with confidence and gravitas, especially when making an ask for support
  • A positive and strategic approach to pipeline development, and an understanding of how this drives long-term income growth

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays 
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,500 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments
  • Early finish Friday and flexible working as part of our approach to activity based working
  • Discounts on gym membership
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life  
  • Annual season ticket loan* (on completion of your probation period and if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities 
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and income protection insurance
  • Cycle to work scheme* (eligible for scheme if contract is permanent or longer than 12 months)

*Some benefits aren't available until you've passed your probation period and are dependent on the length of contract.

About the Company

Diabetes is the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time.  There are currently more than 3.9 million people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes, and just under 1 million more with undiagnosed type 2.

We are working to make sure that those affected by diabetes get the best care and support they need to live well with their condition and avoid life-changing complications.  We're leading the way by funding critical research, improving healthcare and treatment so we can reach our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.

Diabetes UK staff are motivated and experienced and extremely passionate about helping people affected by diabetes.  We have been fighting for people with diabetes for more than 80 years and changed millions of lives thanks to the new treatments, technology and policy changes we've been behind.

But there's more to do.  And you can be part of it.

We're a diverse bunch and as a charity we recognise and respect the value of everyone.

We've recently been awarded a One Star Accreditation status by Best Companies.  And this year we were named 65th in the top 100 not-for-profit organisations in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list. 

We're committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expect all staff and volunteers to actively support this commitment.

We have a vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.  If you’d like to be part of that, why not join us? 

To learn more about the work we do please visit our website

Diabetes UK

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