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Fundraising Director (1 day per week)

MindFood CIO
Remote

Posted: 11 Oct 2021

Deadline: 31 Oct 2021

Compensation: £28K to £32k pro rata or £120 to £150 per day

Paid Part-time Flexible hours Fixed term / contract


Job description

Do you have a passion for mental health and appreciate the important role nature plays in improving wellbeing? Are you a talented fundraiser with a track record of securing funding from Trusts and Foundations? Are you a self-starter who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment? If your answer is ‘Yes’ to all these questions then this could be the role for you.

About MindFood - MindFood is a small Ealing charity with a big vision: to be the Natural Health Service for the mind in West London. 

Our services help people to tackle stress, anxiety and depression in a natural way, by offering free food-growing and mindfulness courses across 2 sites in Ealing. Our courses are a fun balance of learning how to grow food, combined with tips and techniques to improve your wellbeing. As well as learning lots about gardening, participants are introduced to psychoeducational tools such as mindfulness, 5 ways to wellbeing and nutritional advice. 

About the role

MindFood is looking for an exceptional Fundraising & Development Director to work 1 day a week (or 4 to 5 days a month as a freelancer) to retain existing Trust and Statutory funding, identify & pursue new funding opportunities and to look at innovative ways of generating unrestricted income through corporate and community support. They will share responsibility for MindFood’s budget with the Management Team and support the Finance Director on financial reporting. 

The successful candidate will be part of a small passionate, proactive and creative team. They must demonstrate flexibility and have excellent communication skills to deal with the demands of working for a charity. They will have a high level of initiative, direction and vision.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Development Director of MindFood is responsible for:

  • Researching and identifying trusts and foundations whose interests align closely with MindFood’s vision 

  • Preparing and submitting compelling applications, proposals and presentations to funders.

  • Managing and developing new sources of revenue, including corporate wellbeing days, individual giving, tendering opportunities, statutory funding and community fundraising. 

  • Ensuring we are leveraging our new charitable status including taking advantage of gift aid. 

  • Identifying and working with partners on joint funding bids that align with our values and strategy

  • Working with the Finance Director to agree to MindFood's budget to ensure minimal disruption to services and staff, and eventual growth.

  • Reporting on charity development performance against agreed targets and KPIs and ensuring effective reporting to funders and donors.

  • Producing quarterly charity development reports for the board. 

  • Long range forward-planning and clear reporting of risk.

  • Developing new services including structures, strategies and implementation plans

  • Collaborating on service design with Programme Director and participants to ensure that MindFood’s programmes are constantly improving and evolving to better help people with mental health difficulties.

  • Managing funders’ requirements, all funding applications, evaluation and reporting in a timely & professional manner.

  • Stewardship of donors, ensuring that donors are thanked promptly and that their support is acknowledged in our marketing and social media.

  • Attending funding events, workshops and other relevant events.

  • Communicating funders’ requirements to the team to ensure all expectations are met.

  • Maintaining an accurate record of all grants received, bids made and prospective charitable trusts. 

  • Supporting on our marketing plan; providing content for our newsletter, contributing to our social media channels and website.

  • Working with the Programme Director to develop and implement a strategy for unrestricted income generation, and trading e.g plants or other MindFood products, workshops or consultancy.

  • Working with MindFood’s Finance and Programme Directors and Board of Trustees to set the strategic direction and priorities. 

  • Assisting in the coordination of MindFood’s board meetings on a quarterly basis and ad-hoc sub groups.

Application information

Please send your CV with a short covering letter (no more than a page) outlining why you would like to work for MindFood and your relevant experience and track record in fundraising. Applications should be sent to ciaranbiggins@mindfood.org.uk.

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About MindFood CIO

MindFood is a small Ealing charity with a big vision: to be the Natural Health Service for the mind in West London. Our services help people to tackle stress, anxiety and depression in a natural way, by offering free food-growing and mindfulness courses across 2 sites in Ealing. Our courses are a fun balance of learning how to grow food, combined with tips and techniques to improve your wellbeing. As well as learning lots about gardening, participants are introduced to psychoeducational tools such as mindfulness, 5 ways to wellbeing and nutritional advice. For a small organisation we punch above our weight in terms of impact and awareness and we support over 100 people a year with their mental health recovery.