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Philanthropy Consultant - London

The National Trust
London, Greater London
47,053 pa
Closing date
18 May 2022
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Philanthropy Consultant - London


Do you have a passion for fundraising and our mission to protect and care for places so people and nature can thrive?

As a charity, the National Trust relies heavily on the income we generate through our various fundraising activities and channels.  We're looking for a Philanthropy Specialist with a strong skillset and proven track record in securing funds from a range of sources including major donors and charitable trusts.  You'll also be experienced in developing and delivering large fundraising appeals and campaigns.  You’ll have a gift for motivating your colleagues, inspiring enthusiasm, opening networks, and innovative fundraising opportunities.  We have an ambitious fundraising vision in place and some very exciting new projects on the horizon which we want you to be part of.

The base salary for this role is £42,588. Please note that this salary includes a provision for an inner London weighting allowance of £4,465. Salary will be agreed subject to the post holder's location.

What it's like to work here

Probably not what you think. We work with passionate people in inspiring places and have the opportunity to make a difference every day. We have big ambitions, value creativity, and diversity, and want to work together in new, dynamic, and innovative ways. 

The National Trust Consultancy is the home to specialists in every field of our work. A national consultancy, where resources are shared across disciplines and boundaries, where you'll have the opportunity to work with an archaeologist one day and a nature conservation specialist the next. The diversity and quality of expertise within the Consultancy will enable our properties and places to benefit from an extraordinary range of creative and innovative thinking, as well as deep expertise in all matters relating to our twin purpose of caring for the nation’s heritage and landscapes and making these accessible to all. 

What you'll be doing

Your work will primarily be based in our London and South East region where you'll provide advice, expertise, and support for our teams. You'll also link in with a network of fundraisers based in our central office and throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. In the region, you’ll work alongside others with fundraising responsibilities and with consultants in many disciplines, and with property managers and operational teams. Our team is a welcoming group, we look to share our knowledge and passions and support each other to develop and grow within our careers.

We’re looking for someone who can help some of our most inspiring properties to reach stretching targets through a range of fundraising income streams. You'll support priority properties by developing and delivering fundraising plans for major projects, growing individual giving activity and supporting new fundraising initiatives We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative individual with a strong understanding of fundraising.

Who we're looking for

In your application, please provide details of how you meet the criteria for this role

  • Passion for our cause and the ability to inspire others to support our work
  • Experience of developing multi-income stream fundraising plans for projects with stretching targets and evidence of hitting these targets
  • A proven track record of fundraising through individual giving, gifts in wills and charitable trusts and other income streams
  • Proven experience of building a compelling case for support
  • Proven consulting skills of listening, building trust and acting to deliver a high-quality service to colleagues in external and internal networks
  • The ability to challenge colleagues to think differently and enable innovative fundraising activity
  • Proven ability to build relationships at a senior level (including Trustees, Boards, Management Teams)


The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

Wherever you’re from, and whatever your background, we want to hear from you – and it doesn’t matter if you’re jam first, cream first, or even if you don’t like scones at all. Everyone is welcome.

Benefits for working at the National Trust include:

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.


The National Trust is committed to promoting and preserving those places of natural beauty and historic interest for which it has the privilege to be responsible for the benefit of the nation, for everyone for ever.

The Trust is proud of what has been achieved over the last 126 years and is determined to maintain those high standards of conservation, stewardship and curatorial care for which it has been recognised throughout the world.

Its achievements have enabled the general public and the Trust’s members and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside, coastline, gardens, historic buildings and collections, all of which encapsulate so much of the history of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a duty to tell that history in a complete, balanced and accurate way, and without judgement.

The National Trust continues as a guardian of the past, and for the future, to uphold its duty to maintain and enhance what has been entrusted to its care.

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