WR Fundraising Recruitment

Philanthropy Manager (Major Donors)

Croydon, South London with hybrid working | Up to £42,000 | Full Time, Permanent

Do you have what it takes to develop a Major Donor income stream?


We are WR Fundraising Recruitment and we are delighted to be working the amazing Legacy Youth Zone  - Recruiting for a new Philanthropy Manager (major donors) vacancy.


Along with a spectacular £6.5 million youth hub, this dynamic charity provides a huge range of activities and services for young people of all ages. From early years play groups to employability workshops, and everything in between, the charity provides something for everyone and works hard to give local young people the skills, confidence, and aspirations to truly unlock their potential.


This is an amazing opportunity for an experienced Major Donor fundraising professional to take the lead on managing key relationships for the charity across the area, while developing new major donor support. You’ll be working with a wonderfully supportive Head of Fundraising to develop the philanthropy strategy for the charity and having a direct positive impact on young people’s lives.


Duties will include:

  • Leading the development and implementation of the major donor strategy and stewarding a portfolio of major donors
  • Develop new, sustainable major donor relationships - working closely with the Head of Fundraising and Communications, Trustees, CEO and existing supporters, to identify new prospects within their networks.
  • Development and planning of the charity’s high net worth giving programme
  • Effectively stewarding and developing relationships with existing Patrons and Supporters
  • Responsibility for generating new revenue income by creating a Patrons programme that encourages individuals to support at various levels.
  • Consistent support of existing major donors through successful stewarding
  • Deliver cultivation and stewardship events.


This is an exciting and unique opportunity to join a small but growing, impactful fundraising team and play a critical part in shaping opportunities for London’s young people and supporting a grass roots, committed universal youth service.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Have a proven track record of generating significant income from Major Donors
  • Be experienced in developing and managing a pipeline of potential supporters/donors
  • Have strong interpersonal and networking skills, to build positive, personal and organisational relationships and convey the charity’s work
  • Be experienced in account management, face to face and virtually
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Focus on solutions, being innovative and creative to overcome challenges

We are WR and we invest in our candidates by providing optional new starter coaching - enhancing confidence, wellbeing, professional relationships and managing change.

To apply or for further information, please email a copy of your up to date CV in the first instance to: fundraisers@wr-rec.uk.


The team at WR Fundraising Recruitment are passionate about bringing together talented fundraising professionals with fantastic organisations. We’d love to hear from you if you are looking for a new fundraising opportunity.