Trusts and Major Gifts Officer

Job Title: Trusts and Major Gifts Officer

Responsible to: Senior Trusts and Foundations Officer

Job purpose: To support the effective functioning of the fundraising team with a focus on trusts, foundations and major gifts

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week

Salary: £28,996 – 33,325 (inclusive of London weighting)

Closing date: 9 am on Monday, 22 April 2019, successful candidates will be notified w/c 29 April 2019

Interview dates: In person interviews Tuesday 14 & Wednesday 15 May 2019

Please send your application form to: [email protected]

We review our applications on a rolling basis, so we would recommend getting your application in as early as possible.

Please note that due to a potentially high number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.



Health Poverty Action works for health and global justice in partnership with people who have been marginalised and pushed into poverty.

We work with communities to help them demand their right to health, and to challenge the power imbalances that deny them their health rights. Our distinct approach can be summarised as a combination of three areas:

 We approach health as an issue of social justice

Health is a Human Right that many are currently denied. The greatest causes of poor health worldwide are political, social and economic injustices.

We tackle these complex root causes of these injustices in two ways. Firstly, we work in partnership with communities to help them take back the power to improve their own health. Secondly, we campaign on a national and international level to change policy, and destroy unjust power relations.

We prioritise those missed out by others

We believe in health for all, without exclusion. Development organisations tend to cluster together, which leaves large populations with almost no support at all. People may be living in hard to reach areas, or are difficult to support for some other reason. We make these most neglected populations our highest priority.

We address the full range of factors which impact on health

Health is a combination of physical, mental and social wellbeing. As well as strengthening health services we work on areas such as nutrition, water, sanitation, gender discrimination, and income generation. Tackling one cause of poor health in isolation can give the appearance of improving health in the short term, but tackling numerous factors together saves lives.

We are acutely aware of how our own power dynamics as an organisation impact on the people we work with, and we work in partnership with communities to create long term relationships built on trust.

We respect those we work with, and do our best to communicate this – we aim not to generate pity, but instead strive to give truthful accounts of social injustice and its causes. Just as we work to ensure policy makers and service providers are held accountable, we must repeatedly challenge ourselves to ensure we are accountable to the communities we serve.

Health Poverty Action currently has programmes in 18 countries – in Asia, Africa and Latin America – which benefit around two million people each year. And campaigns to tackle the root causes of poor health, and the global structures and policies that deny people their right to health.



Health Poverty Action is investing in the growth of its fundraising team. We have ambitious plans to diversify our donor base and increase income to support our projects and programmes around the world. This is an exciting time to join a dynamic team with ambitious but achievable targets.

This role will help to maximise income primarily from trusts and foundations, and also provide support in growing our major donor programme. Reporting to the Senior Trusts and Foundations Officer, the Trusts and Major Gifts Officer will identify, manage and grow existing and new support from small and medium trusts and foundations by researching and building relationships with funders, writing effective funding applications, and providing excellent grants management and stewardship. This role will also support the Senior Trusts and Foundations Officer on securing gifts from large trusts and foundations. In addition, this role will support the Head of Fundraising with the development of our major donor programme by identifying and researching prospective high-level supporters, cultivating and stewarding supporters, and providing support with small major donor events as needed (all in accordance with GDPR policies). This position will contribute to expanding existing and building new revenue from trusts and foundations and major donors.

This is a newly created position in the team, thus, there will be opportunities to shape and develop within the role. You will bring your experience and ideas as well as build your fundraising skills and gain valuable experience in a progressive international development organisation. There may also be opportunities for international travel.


Please find the attached job description for areas of key responsibilities and qualities we believe would be a good fit for this position.

We actively support and encourage people from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets to join us and help shape what we do. We are particularly keen to hear from ethnic minority candidates.

 Thank you for considering working with Health Poverty Action.


Application Documents

Job Description

Application Form