Are you a talented fundraiser who can build productive relationships with donors and supporters?

Do you have a passion for environmental issues and an appreciation of the importance of trees in sustaining life and human well-being?

Are you an effective planner and organiser with a determination to succeed?

If your answer is ‘Yes’ to all these questions then this could be the role for you.

International Tree Foundation (ITF) is a charitable company that runs tree planting and education programmes in the UK and Africa. ITF supports community-led initiatives that protect, plant and promote trees and forests in order to preserve biodiversity and habitats, reverse deforestation, improve livelihoods and tackle climate change. There is tremendous scope to grow our projects and programmes and to increase awareness of and support for ITF’s work.

The Fundraising Officer is responsible for supporting the successful implementation of ITF’s fundraising strategies and plans, ensuring that all activities are executed on time and income targets are achieved.

Job Description and Person Specification

The Fundraising Officer will be responsible for:

(i) Developing and implementing ITF’s grants and corporate fundraising plans, ensuring that activities are executed on time and consistent with our Ethical and Environmental Policy;

(ii) Increasing ITF’s capacity by securing new income streams;

(iii) Ensuring that ITF builds and sustains informative, transparent and mutually rewarding relationships with our supporters, donors and followers;

(iv) Supporting the development of excellent project proposals with the Programmes Manager, Centenary Campaign Manager and ITF’s partners in the UK and Africa;

(v) Ensuring effective monitoring, evaluation and learning in relation to fundraising activities.


This position reports to the Head of Fundraising


Supervision of Fundraising and Marketing Assistant and fundraising volunteers

Current portfolio:


– Major grants

– Trusts and Foundations

– Corporate partnerships

– Corporate staff engagement


1. Grant fundraising

  • Work closely with the Head of Fundraising and Programmes Manager in preparing high quality funding applications and reports for statutory and other major funders.
  • Work closely with ITF’s partner organisations in the UK and Africa to develop high quality concept notes.
  • Identify and cultivate new trust, foundation and institutional prospects, building relationships and preparing applications.
  • Manage and sustain existing grant relationships and funding agreements.
  • Provide internal income analysis, forecasting and reporting.
  • Meet annual targets for restricted and unrestricted income generation.
  • Develop ideas for new income generation activities.

2. Corporate fundraising

  • Develop corporate fundraising plans and strategies with the Head of Fundraising.
  • Develop marketing materials to pitch to corporate prospects.
  • Identify and approach corporate prospects.
  • Manage, sustain and develop corporate relationships.
  • Ensure high quality reporting.
  • Develop staff engagement opportunities.
  • Meet annual targets for restricted and unrestricted income generation.
  • Organise meetings and events for potential donors.

3. Monitoring, evaluation and learning

  • Ensure effective monitoring of all ITF communication and fundraising activities and prepare quarterly reports.
  • Support colleagues and partners in contributing to writing evaluation and learning materials and reports.
  • Contribute to the exchange and sharing of learning with relevant external stakeholders and partners.

4. Other duties

  • Participate and contribute to staff team meetings and activities.
  • Supervise fundraising volunteers.
  • Undertake other responsibilities not outlined above which are commensurate with a role of this nature and which have been discussed and agreed with the line manager.
  • All ITF staff are expected to contribute towards developing a supportive working environment, and demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and respect, transparency and accountability and uphold quality standards as outlined in policies and procedures, and in compliance with ITF’s Diversity and Equal Opportunities Policies.

Person Specification

Knowledge and experience

  •  At least two years relevant fundraising experience (essential)
  • A successful track record of generating income in excess of £100,000 per year from a variety of sources (highly desirable)
  • Proven experience of cultivating and managing successful donor relationships (essential)
  • Proven experience of implementing successful communications activities (highly desirable)
  • Good knowledge of the funding landscape in the environmental and international development sectors (essential)
  • Understanding of community-led approaches to forestry, agroforestry and natural resource management, especially in Africa (essential)
  • Empathy with ITF’s strategic objectives and appreciation of the role that trees can play in maintaining a healthy environment and in contributing to peoples’ well-being and quality of life (highly desirable)

Skills and abilities

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills (essential)
  • Proven ability to write compelling and concise copy, proposals and reports communicating complex project information to the public and prospective donors (essential)
  • Ability to edit web sites, social media and e-newsletter platforms (essential)
  • Design and picture editing skills (highly desirable)
  • Effective planning and organising skills in order to meet tight deadlines (essential)
  • A responsible and flexible team player (essential)
  • Able and willing to attend occasional events outside of normal hours if required (essential)
  • Able and willing to undertake international travel (highly desirable)


A Degree level qualification or equivalent professional qualification, ideally in one of the following areas: Marketing, Fundraising, Media, Business Management (highly desirable)

Terms and conditions

Location: Oxford, UK

Hours: Part-time at 3 days (21 hours) per week

Salary: £23,575 – £26,790 per annum pro rata (£14,145 – £16,074 actual)

Contract: Permanent

Probationary period: 6 months

Holidays: 20 days per annum plus statutory holidays and 3 days over Christmas period

Pension: Contributory pension scheme with life cover

Please see the application pack or go to www.internationaltreefoundation.org/about-us/jobs for details of how to apply.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 24th June 2019.

For further information about ITF, please visit: www.internationaltreefoundation.org