| June 3, 2024

Fundraising Manager, Impact Investing

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  • Full Time
  • London
  • £45,000 - £50,000 (GBP) USD / Year

Website Impact Investing Institute

About the Impact Investing Institute  

The Impact Investing Institute is an independent, non-profit organisation working to transform capital markets so they support a fairer, greener, more resilient future. We see impact investing as an effective way to achieve that transformation and so we work to accelerate the field, both in the UK and globally.

Through our Challenge Lab, we come up with innovative solutions that help private finance better address societal challenges like affordable housing, access to clean energy and better-quality jobs. Via our Field Building, we implement impact investing insights and know how across financial services through applied research, like guides, training, networks and communities of practice. We also engage and seek to influence policy makers and regulators to create an enabling environment where impact investing can thrive, both in the UK and globally.

We have a wide, global network across financial services, social investment, businesses, government and regulators. Our work is rooted in collaborative partnership and co-creation: we take existing expertise as our starting point and facilitate interactions and partnerships which catalyse fresh thinking and solutions.

More information on the Institute can be found on our website: www.impactinvest.org.uk

The Institute offers a flexible working environment and excellent benefits. This includes a pension with a 10% contribution and 30 days annual leave.


The role 

As the Institute’s Fundraising Manager you will play a pivotal role in securing the financial resources necessary to support the Institute’s strategic initiatives and operations, as well as maintaining the relationships and communities that drive long term funding. Working closely with the Institute’s Executive Leadership and board, you will be responsible for executing a comprehensive fundraising strategy from mixed funding sources – government, philanthropic and corporate – engaging with funders, and building lasting relationships with stakeholders to maximise funding opportunities.

Alongside being active in direct engagement with funders, you will lead on the underlying processes and systems that drive successful fundraising, creating and maintaining rigorous process management, record-keeping and CRM use, funder research and meeting preparation, and supporting the senior team in creating relationships that last. You will work to make the best of the Institute’s varied and committed networks and ensure that the communities around the Institute are engaged in our work, and excited to contribute.

Harnessing the Institute’s powerful networks across mainstream financial services impact investing, social investment, philanthropy and government you will be a key figure in securing the resourcing that underpins a dynamic new chapter of the Institute’s five-year strategy.


Key responsibilities & skills development opportunities: 

Fundraising Strategy and Implementation 

  • Implement a robust fundraising strategy aligned with the Institute’s mission and goals.
  • Create and manage annual fundraising plans with clear targets and KPIs.
  • Identify and outreach to potential funding sources, including foundations, corporations and government.
  • Enable and support senior leadership, board and wider team to engage with potential funders, setting them up for success.


Donor Engagement and Relationship Management 

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with existing donors, ensuring they are engaged and informed about the impact of their contributions.
  • Identify and approach new potential donors, providing compelling cases for support.
  • Working closely with our events capability organise and manage donor events, meetings, and communications.


Proposal Development and Grant Management 

  • Lead the development of high-quality proposals and grant applications working closely with leadership and programme colleagues.
  • Monitor and report on the progress of fundraising, providing regular updates to senior management and the board.
  • Monitor and report on the progress of grants, working with project managers and leadership to ensure grant deliverables are achieved on time


Collaboration and Team Leadership 

  • Work closely with the Executive Director, and team members across the organisation to align fundraising efforts with strategic and programmatic priorities.
  • Coordinate with the communications and events team to develop engaging materials and events to support fundraising efforts.
  • Be supportive of creating a collaborative and inclusive working environment, supporting key Institute-wide commitments on DEI.


Data Management and Reporting 

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of fundraising activities, donor interactions, and financial contributions.
  • Prepare detailed reports on fundraising performance, donor engagement, and financial targets.
  • Maintain CRM systems to be up to date, and utilize systems to manage donor information and track fundraising metrics.
  • Ensure that the Institute complies with laws, regulations and best practice relating to fundraising including, but not limited to, those specified by the Fundraising Regulator in its Code of Conduct and GDPR.


Essential Qualifications and Experience: 

  • Proven experience in fundraising preferably within the non-profit sector.
  • Interest and enthusiasm for the impact investing sector.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to craft persuasive proposals and presentations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in using CRM systems.


Desirable Skills and Attributes: 

  • Experience in securing large multi-year grants.
  • Demonstrated success in securing significant funding from diverse sources.
  • Strong understanding of the impact investing landscape and its funding dynamics.
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field (e.g., business, finance, communications).
  • Communications, marketing and events experience.


Personal Attributes: 

  • Commitment to the mission and values of the Impact Investing Institute.
  • Strategic thinker with a proactive and results-oriented approach.
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter who can take the initiative and “own” a project from start to finish.
  • High level of integrity, professionalism, and discretion.
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Highly proactive and a strong team player and relationship manager, able to galvanise collaboration internally and externally.
  • Excellent inter-personal and relationship-building skills: comfortable and adept working with senior stakeholders.
  • Committed to the belief that finance can be a force for positive change in society and that mainstream financial institutions have the opportunity to generate positive social impact.


How to Apply:

All applications must be submitted via BeApplied. We are committed to equal opportunities, and the initial screening stage will be based on your responses to role-specific questions (250 words limit). These responses will be reviewed anonymously and randomly, so please take the time to answer fully.


Important Notes:

  • The successful candidate must have the right to work in the UK by the start of employment.
  • The Impact Investing Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all sections of society and do not discriminate based on gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race. (Note to applicants: DIE information submitted in the application is anonymous and helps us to ensure our roles are reaching a wide pool of candidates.)
  • Please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments during the application process.
  • When submitting your application, you will be required to declare that you have not used auto-generation software.
  • You can view our policies at https://www.impactinvest.org.uk/our-policies/


If offered the role, you will need to provide:

  • Proof of your right to work in the UK.
  • Two referees, one being a previous line manager or professor. Roles including line management responsibility should include a referee who they previously line managed.
  • Details for pre-employment checks, including proof of ID and address.



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