Major Donor & Grants Coordinator, UK

Website humaneleagueuk The Humane League UK

We exist to end the abuse of animals raised for food

Who we are: 

The Humane League UK is a charity ending the abuse of animals raised for food by influencing the policies of the world’s biggest companies, demanding legislation, and empowering others to take action. We’re a mission-driven, energetic team focused on problem-solving and effective teamwork, and have grown significantly over the last few years. Thanks to our targeted approach, our effectiveness in reducing animal suffering and our efficient use of donations, The Humane League has been named Top Charity by the independent evaluator Animal Charity Evaluators for every rating period since 2012.

THL UK is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to furthering equity and inclusion, and we value diversity. We seek people from a wide range of backgrounds who will bring a fresh perspective to the team, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because it makes us stronger. We make employment decisions by matching our organisational needs with the skills and experience of candidates, irrespective of race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, neurodiversity, age or veteran status.

​We are proud to be a Disability Confident Committed Employer, demonstrating our commitment to recruiting, retaining, and supporting disabled people and people with health conditions, based on their skills and talent.

You can read more about how The Humane League UK is working on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion here.

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​The position: 

We are seeking a creative, collaborative and effective fundraiser to drive long-lasting improvements for millions of farmed animals.

This is an exciting time to join a growing team and you’ll have the opportunity to develop new relationships and shape our income now, and for the future.

We will be holding a webinar on Wednesday 19th April at 7.30pm GMT for you to find out more about this role and our other current vacancy for a Digital Fundraising Coordinator.

The webinar will be hosted by Hannah Yates, Head of Communications and Sean Gifford, Managing Director, who will share a brief summary of the roles and answer any questions you may have about both positions.

If you are interested please register here. As it is a webinar you will only be able to see the presenters and not other attendees. The webinar will be recorded and available here with captions within 48 hours following the event.

​Who you are:

With at least three years of experience in fundraising from high net worth individuals and grant making organisations, you’ll have a good working knowledge of major funder prospecting, cultivation, and stewardship. You’ll help us grow our supporter base, with the Effective Altruism (EA) community in particular, and raise essential income to support our work with animals. A proficient and articulate communicator, you can write inspiring and motivating funding proposals and network in person, by telephone, and email to build rapport and relationships with potential funders.

You’ll be working alongside a Digital Fundraising Coordinator, Head of Development and wider team of friendly communicators, campaigners and change-makers. Home-based, you will enjoy collaborating and working independently. As a self-starter, you enjoy seeing projects through from start-to-end and get a buzz from the fast-paced and varied charity fundraising environment.

You’ll join us in maximising the value of our CRM (Engaging Networks), which brings fundraising and activism together and provides tools for integrating digital communications.

This role reports into the Head of Development, and will collaborate closely with the Digital Fundraising Coordinator and the external contractors that we work with on a regular basis.

Primary Duties:

  • Research relevant trusts and grant making bodies, with particular attention to the EA community, preparing and writing applications and taking personal responsibility for this income stream.
  • Build strong, long-term relationships with trusts and foundations through regular telephone and face-to-face contact, communications, networking, written updates and other feedback as appropriate.
  • Monitor, develop, and manage the existing major funder pipeline, recording all activity on Engaging Networks.
  • Working closely with the Digital Fundraising Coordinator, you will refine and grow our segmentation capacity on Engaging Networks with the aim of helping move mid-level donors into major donors and cultivate long-lasting relationships with these people.
  • Further develop compelling expressions of interest and funding proposals, working closely with relevant colleagues across the charity in conjunction with the Head of Development.
  • Build and nurture new relationships with high net worth individuals who are interested in THL UK’s work, finding appropriate and interesting partnership opportunities for them to help fund our work.
  • Prepare all relevant reports required by major funders, working closely with the Operations Team and relevant colleagues to articulate impact. You will also be able to make compelling cases for support, demonstrating our impact to potential funders as well as existing partners.
  • Ensure that donors receive regular updates on the impact of their support, and opportunities to take part in other activities that may be of interest. For example, sharing articles and other ways to support THL such as petitions.
  • Help us galvanise further support by lending your organisational skills to fundraising events and supporting our Managing Director by planning meetings and events.
  • Ensuring all donations are recorded accurately on Engaging Networks and collaborating with the Operations Team on the monthly financial consolidation.

In addition:

  • Attending conferences and events.
  • Updating the wider team on fundraising progress.
  • Participating in team meetings including note-taking and facilitation.
  • Attending in-person workshops several times a year.
  • Help us make THL UK an inclusive workplace where employees and supporters are proud to be members of the movement
  • Demonstrate commitment to creating a stronger and more effective animal protection movement through inclusion and belonging, recognising the need for all of us to do better for social justice on a personal and organisational level.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the Head of Development.

Key competencies:

Communication: Essentially, you’re a storyteller and you know what moves people to take action. You have excellent written and visual communication skills and an eye for detail. You recognise engaging stories and opportunities and understand how to adapt them for different contexts whether it’s a funding application to a foundation that is new to us, a printed recruitment pack or a stewardship piece for donors who already know the charity well.

Creative: You’re a creative and critical thinker who generates ideas to maximise the success of fundraising. In addition to crafting compelling communications, you bring your analytical skills to strengthen our communications and proposals. You can convey funding priorities and impact succinctly and accurately.

Analytical: You can learn and digest information about our work quickly and find impactful ways to communicate opportunities to funders.You bring a careful and systematic approach to organising work. You have a clear eye for detail because you understand the implications that errors can have. You are confident in handling data and figures, interpreting the results and refining communications with the results.

Organised: You use your time and energy effectively and efficiently in order to achieve the desired outcome. You’re confident setting and meeting objectives and deadlines, and able to prioritise effectively to keep projects on track.

You maintain focus across a range of tasks, and you’re a planner and forward-thinker who works on your own initiative.

You’re motivated and able to work autonomously and your team player skills are evident in the way you keep colleagues informed about any developments or delays in plans.

Team player: You value the benefits of teamwork, actively making your contribution to meet team goals. You’re highly resourceful and comfortable working effectively with people at all levels across different teams, as well external suppliers.

You invite and appreciate contributions from others because you know that collaboration results in a stronger product. You build good relationships within organisations and you’re happy to share responsibility for successes and challenges.


Good to know:

Our employees all work remotely but still enjoy a supportive, collaborative environment. You will have access to a workplace pension, 25 days leave plus Public Holidays, flexible working hours, internet reimbursement, access to our Mental Health Assistance package, and family-friendly policies. Professional learning and development is actively encouraged.

At The Humane League UK, animal welfare is at the forefront of our everyday work and as such, many of our employees are vegan by personal choice. All of our events and workshops offer only plant-based meals. We welcome all mission-aligned candidates to apply, no matter where you are in your journey to end the abuse of animals raised for food.

We are looking to speak to a wide range of candidates with diverse backgrounds – #NonGraduatesWelcome

For our salaries to be fair, transparent and equitable we want to provide a system that delivers a competitive salary in the market and could eliminate potential biases in compensation (such as the gender pay gap). For more information about the Major Donor and Grants Coordinator salary please click here.

All applicants need to be:

  1. Fluent in written and spoken English.
  2. ​Live and have the right to work in the UK (we are unable to consider applications from those without the right to work in the UK).
  3. Committed to our mission to end the abuse of animals raised for food.

Closing date: Sunday 7th May 2023

​All applicants will be contacted within one week of the closing date to let you know if you have been successful in reaching the next stage.

Our full interview process comprises of the following stages:

  • Skills Test (completed remotely)
  • First Interview (via video call)
  • Final Interview (via video call)

For full details of our recruitment process please read this document.


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