Philanthropy Manager

Merrifield Consultants are delighted to be working with an incredible charity in Surrey supporting families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness. We are searching for an experienced Philanthropy Manager to proactively lead the cultivation and stewardship of potential and existing major donors, trusts and statutory bodies, with a particular focus on driving significant income growth.

Charity: The Rainbow Trust

Role: Philanthropy Manager

Reports to: Director of Fundraising and Engagement

Location: Leatherhead, Surrey

Terms: Full time, permanent, Hybrid (3 days in the office)

Salary: £45,000

Reporting to the Director of Fundraising and Engagement, the Philanthropy Manager will drive the growth of a portfolio of existing supporters and new prospects giving at the five and six figure gift level, with a particular focus on generating major gifts from new donors. The postholder will think strategically to develop inspiring fundraising cases of support, and impact reporting working closely with Care service colleagues, the finance team and the wider fundraising and engagement team.

This role has line management responsibility for three experienced fundraisers who manage their own portfolios of Major Donors, Trusts, and Foundations.

Skills and Experience:

  • experienced and enthusiastic Philanthropy Manager – with a track record of achieving challenging income targets and effective prospect management.
  • will be particularly welcome from those with a background in a children’s charity or SME with ownership of strategic planning.
  • poised, confident and convincing communicator – you have strong negotiation, presentation and networking skills and the ability to quickly connect with and motivate others
  • helpful and supportive team member – you work collaboratively and stimulate others into action


  • working hours to balance home and working life
  • to the Blue Light Card Scheme, and other rewards and discounts
  • off in lieu
  • to work, season ticket loan and payroll giving schemes
  • friendly policies, focused on employee wellbeing, and an active cross-organisational wellbeing group running a number of initiatives throughout the year
  • scheme (we will contribute 5% of your salary and you will contribute at least 3%)
  • option to buy/sell annual leave, as well as additional leave for your birthday, wedding/civil ceremony and half day Christmas shopping
  • recommend a friend recruitment referral bonus

Closing date for applications: 20th June 2024 (although we encourage you to apply at your earliest convenience)

If you’d like to find out more about this wonderful opportunity please contact Emma Bell at Merrifield Consultants:

We practice a diverse and inclusive recruitment process that ensures equal opportunity for all we work with, irrespective of race, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age or gender. As an organisation, we encourage applications from all backgrounds and will ensure measures are met when required, to allow a fair process throughout.

Merrifield Consultants

£45000 - £46000 per annum