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Trusts & Foundations Manager – help us raise the funds so we can deliver of our outstanding learning programme with more than 400 children in Hackney, Haringey and online.

About the role

We are looking for a Trusts and Foundations Manager. We imagine you have worked in fundraising and now feel ready to be a manager, you are looking to grow with an organisation and are ambitious for yourself and the organsiation you work for.

Support from Trusts & Foundations accounts for around two-thirds of our total income. We have an above-average ratio of success with Trusts & Foundations and a clear and compelling case for support, both of which help to make the role of Trusts & Foundations Manager rewarding and fulfilling.

Our team is warm, friendly and welcoming. We are all motivated by the charity’s aim of supporting children with fewer advantages to develop vital skills and succeed in school and beyond.

With a new organisational strategy aiming to more than double our reach, we need to increase vital funds and grow our T&F income from £470,000 to £700,000 per annum in the next three years.

Does this sound like an exciting challenge to you?

About You

We are looking for someone with experience in trust fundraising who is ready to move into a manager role.

You will be an excellent writer and communicator with strong attention to detail.

You will enjoy carrying out prospect research, generating income and building relationships.

You will have ideas and see them through and like working to KPIs and targets.

You will be motivated by our mission to address educational inequality and making a difference in local communities.

Working in a supportive environment, you will be confident in managing your own time to be efficient and effective. We value your ideas and thoughts and want to hear them.

Read about what we do

Meet the team

Read about how we work

Key Responsibilities:


  • Working with the Head of Fundraising and utilising your up-to-date sector and fundraising environment knowledge to forecast income with authority.
  • Translating your ideas into solid plans for how to grow income using KPIs.
  • Mapping the steps to creating long lasting partnerships with T&F supporters.

Research & applications

  • Working closely with the Head of Fundraising to identify priority areas for funding and write up project needs.
  • Researching and identifying new potential supporters.
  • Working with key volunteers and the Board of Trustees to reach out to new potential supporters identified in their networks.
  • Writing tailored applications to a wide range of trusts and foundations.
  • Keeping track of key deadlines for applications.

Relationship management

  • Providing excellent stewardship and nurturing relationships with existing T&F supporters including writing a regular newsletter, hosting visits and running events.
  • Keeping track of key dates and reporting to funders about the impact of their grants.
  • Encouraging multi-year funding and repeat funding.
  • Involving Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees, where appropriate.
  • Ensuring recognition of a funder’s support where desired, working with Head of Fundraising to create press releases and case studies.
  • General administration of grants.


  • Using Salesforce daily to keep track of the pipeline, support stewardship and report on income and forecasting to SLT and the Board of Trustees.
  • Responding to emails.
  • Processing online giving reports.

Contributing to special campaigns and projects within the wider fundraising function e.g. Giving Tuesday community fundraising campaign.

We are looking for the following knowledge and experience


  • 2-3 years experience of securing income from T&Fs.
  • Experience of securing five figure grants from T&Fs.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work in a planned manner to KPIs.
  • Solid research skills.
  • Experience of working with budgets, accounts and other financial information.


  • Working knowledge of Salesforce database or similar CRM.
  • Working knowledge of the education or arts sectors.
  • Experience of line management (currently this role does not have line management responsibilities but it will in time).

Skills and Attributes

  • Strong identification with our mission and beliefs.
  • Energy, drive and a positive attitude.
  • Open minded and inclusive attitude.
  • Team player, able to work to a common goal.
  • Confidence in building relationships.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to deliver work to a high professional standard.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, espeically written skills.
  • Highly organised and efficient at managing own time and workload.
  • Flexibility to turn your hand to different tasks and activities as needed.
  • Competency in IT.

Salary: £30,000-32,000 dependant on experience

Contract Type: Full-time, permanent subject to 3-month probation period.

Hours: 35 hours per week, flexible – normal office hours are 11am to 7pm.

Location: Hackney, Haringey and potentially some home working. We will consider remote working for the right candidate.

Deadline for applications: 9am Monday 6th December 2021

Interviews: 15th-16th December 2021

Start Date: January 2022

Like all roles at The Literacy Pirates, the successful candidate will complete DBS and a three-month probationary period before the confirmation of the appointment.

Apply for this role

Deadline for applications
Mon 6th Dec at 9am

We are running two open evenings where you can come along and see us in action. There is no commitment. This is an informal event and not part of the interview process. Email Veronica to book a space.

  • Thur 11th Nov 5-6pm online
  • Tue 16th Nov 5-6pm at the Hackney ship

Application is through an online form only. The deadline to apply is Mon 6th Dec at 9am.

Successful candidates will be asked to interview on 15th and 16th Dec between 9am and 6pm. The interview process takes a full day.

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