Fundraising and Partnerships Manager (Corporate)

The Diana Award

Employment Type Full time Initial two year contract with view to extend in line with funding
Location Hybrid · London, UK London (Office based contract with flexibility to work from home)
Salary £37,000 (GBP)
Seniority Mid-level
  • Closing: 10:00am, 31st Jul 2024 BST

Job Description

This is an exciting time to join The Diana Award in a new role in a recently established small fundraising team as we look to build on the successes of our current partnerships with well-known corporate partners and other funders.  

You will be an ambitious and passionate Fundraiser, excited about our work and the opportunity to help us attract new income to support more young people across the UK and internationally.  

You will play a key role in the team, collaborating with the Fundraising & Partnerships Manager (Trusts & Foundations) and supporting the Director of Fundraising, Marketing & Communications to increase and diversify the types of income The Diana Award attracts. You will work as a team collaborating on a range of income generating activities and offering a unique partner experience to your portfolio of stakeholders.  

You will have experience of working on successful funding bids and supporting powerful partnerships, be passionate about supporting young people. 

You will join and thrive working in a dynamic, ambitious, and creative organisation, with the opportunity to learn more about youth work and social action through fundraising and other professional specialisms. 



  • Support the Director of Fundraising, Marketing & Communications on the implementation of the fundraising strategy, in line with changing landscape with a core focus on corporate partnerships, trusts and foundations, company giving and general appeals; 

  • Collaborate on ideas for creative sponsorship and funding opportunities in line with our strategic ambitions and develop and submit high quality and compelling funding proposals and tender documents to unlock funding;  

  • Work with key stakeholders, including our Policy and Programme delivery teams to scope and develop exciting new project proposals; 

  • Develop and grow the pipeline, identifying opportunities for funding from a range of sources, primarily corporate partners but also engaging, trusts & foundations and statutory sources. 

  • Maintain an effective database of contacts and stakeholders. 


  • Support the management of existing donor relationships through working closely with the Director of Programmes & Partnerships and Programme Management Teams across the organisation; 

  • Ensure all funding and sponsorship terms and conditions are acknowledged, recorded and completed in a timely fashion; 

  • Accurately maintain and update records and databases, ensuring compliance with internal policies and procedures as well as any legal requirements; 

  • Work with the Programmes Team to contribute to high-quality donor stewardship for existing and new partners, through timely communication, gift acknowledgement, and tailored stewardship plans. 


  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of the UK fundraising scene in order to input into the development and evolution of the organisation's fundraising strategy. 

  • Work collaboratively with the Fundraising & Partnerships Manager (Trusts & Foundations) to cover work, and ensure mutual learning and professional development 

  • Provide relevant and timely information to the Director of Fundraising, Marketing & Communications for the purposes of reporting to the board. 

  • Work closely with other key functions and teams on cross-team and organisation-wide initiatives as relevant, e.g., on workplace culture, capacity building; 

  • Manage the Fundraising team inbox, ensuring any queries and requests are responded to or escalated in a timely manner; 

  • Represent the organisation externally as required; 


  • Stay abreast of donor trends, youth empowerment, and other topics relevant to the role and the organisation; 

  • Adhere to The Diana Award’s safeguarding policies and procedures, escalating any issues arising to the Designated Safeguarding Leads. 

  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as may be required including occasional travel around UK or abroad necessitating overnight stays  


If you are interested in applying and are passionate about the work we do, but aren’t sure that you have all of the skills and experience, please do still apply. We are open to learning on the job and supporting the development of the successful candidate so that they are able to do the job to the best of their ability. 


  • Contribution to / previous experience working on successful fundraising initiatives, including managing key partner relationships and writing funding applications on time and within budget to the satisfaction of all parties; 

  • Experience developing fundraising material for prospects and funders, including pitch decks, periodic updates, and other donor-specific communication support; 

  • Experience working in corporate fundraising with a willingness to explore other income streams. 


  • Good knowledge of the third sector, in the UK and/or Europe/abroad; 

  • Knowledge of budget and financial management, including monitoring and reporting on budgets; 

  • Knowledge and understanding of restricted and unrestricted funding. 


  • IT and database management skills, including Microsoft365, and using CRM databases. 

  • Excellent organisational, and planning skills and ability to set and meet deadlines. 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication kills including confident presentation and influencing skills, and the ability to write persuasive and engaging content  

  • Excellent decision-making and the ability to exercise sound judgement; 

  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills across internal and external stakeholders, with different functions/teams, and at different seniority levels, 


  • Passionate about social justice and supporting young people to reach their full potential; 

  • Entrepreneurial, innovative, personable, collaborative, and good at working both in a team and under your own initiative;  

  • Flexible and dynamic, with an ability to adapt and respond quickly to a fast-changing environment  

  • Able to quickly build credibility internally and externally 

  • Open-minded and able or willing to thrive in a multicultural, diverse team, workplace, and network of partners. 


The Diana Award is committed to anti-racism, social justice and building and developing a workforce which reflects the diversity of the young people we support. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer that values and respects the people who work for us. We seek to ensure all job applications are treated fairly, with respect and without bias.

We particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in our workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, disabled people and LGBTQI+ people.


We know that change is a team effort, and work hard to make sure every member of staff is inspired, nurtured and supported.

Every staff member has their own personal training and development budget, ability to work flexibly around core hours, access to our employee assistance programme 24/7, wellbeing initiatives, opportunities to connect, collaborate and celebrate with colleagues both in person and online, and much more.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all. This is a responsibility that is shared by all members of staff the successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS or equivalent police check.

As we are unable to offer sponsorship,  the successful candidate must have the right to work in the UK.


Application deadline: Wednesday 31 July at 10.00am. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview to take place in our London office on Wednesday 14 August.

Please reach out to if you require any support with the application process or have questions about the role or the process.

Good luck with your application! 

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