Community Fundraising Executive

Self Help AfricaCareers, Careers - UK and Northern Ireland

Job Title: Community Fundraising Executive 
Organisation: Self Help Africa (UK)
Location: Midlands/Wales, Hybrid with two days working in the Shrewsbury office, negotiable depending on location 
Contract: Permanent – Full or Part Time
Reports to: Head of Fundraising UK

About Self Help Africa:

Self Help Africa (SHA) is an international NGO dedicated to the vision of an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa. Headquartered in Ireland, SHA creates scalable and sustainable solutions to eradicating long-term poverty through knowledge transfer, investment, and market linkages.

In 2021, Self Help Africa merged with United Purpose. This doubled our size and created an international NGO that is implementing projects to end extreme hunger and poverty across 17 countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Collectively a part of the wider Gorta Group, which also includes social enterprise subsidiaries Partner Africa, TruTrade and Cumo Microfinance, the organisation will work with close to six million people this year.

Job Purpose:

Identify opportunities to maximise fundraising activity and income. Significantly raise regional profile to grow core income and supporter/donor involvement. Deliver high levels of stewardship to a variety of volunteers, supporters, and community events.

Key Responsibilities:

Community Fundraising

  • In conjunction with the Head of Fundraising, devise, implement and evaluate a region-wide Community Fundraising plan, and associated budgets, as part of the overall fundraising strategy.
  • Research new prospects, and maintain existing relationships with: community groups, churches, schools, universities, and corporates, to inspire and support them to raise funds – including the delivery of talks.
  • Be the first point of contact for the supporter-led events. Liaise with the Communications department to manage external requests for publicity for fundraising events and activities, undertaken on behalf of Self Help Africa.
  • Co-ordinate the recruitment and appropriate use of volunteers to support fundraising and keep them informed on the charity’s developments and activities, help develop their own plans and encourage members to act as ambassadors.
  • Support the formation of volunteer fundraising groups, with the aim of maximising the funds they raise.
  • Manage public collections, community events and festivals.
  • Manage the Church fundraising appeal – producing and distributing a Direct Mail resource, and related online content for Harvest services.
  • Co-ordinate and implement a Schools and Universities fundraising strategy for the UK. Produce marketing materials and update website with relevant information.
  • To devise and implement community campaigns developing appropriate marketing techniques to maximise participation and income.
  • Take the lead in developing UK challenge events with recruitment, marketing, fundraising and all the communications.
  • Assist in promoting and administering international challenge events.
  • Support new fundraising income opportunities and target new income prospects/revenue alongside the Campaigns Manager
  • Provide support for the annual programme of fundraising events – including marketing, administration, and event delivery.
  • Contribute to the annual Fundraising operational plan and associated budgets.

Fundraising Administration

  • Respond to enquiries from supporters, prospective supporters and volunteers via telephone, e-mail and post, maintaining excellent supporter relations.
  • Create and maintain accurate records of supporters, contacts and income using the Salesforce database.
  • Support with monitoring stocks, and liaise with suppliers, for fundraising materials and merchandise, including Christmas Cards.
  • Support the office with being a point of contact for the Fundraising department, answering the phone and meeting and greeting people who arrive to the office
  • When required to, assist with donation processing, and ensure timely and appropriate acknowledgments, using both standard and bespoke correspondence.
  • To adhere to administrative procedures to ensure the delivery of a high-quality service which is compliant with all relevant legislation, policies, regulations, and guidelines.

Key Relationships:


  • Head of Fundraising (line-manager)
  • Fundraising Campaigns Manager 
  • Database and Supporter Care Officer 
  • Fundraising and Communications Officer 
  • Fundraising and Communications Team in Ireland
  • Volunteers 


  • Self Help Africa supporters and donors
Knowledge, Experience & Other Requirements:


  • Full UK driving licence.
  • Relevant qualifications from a Further Education institution.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a business development or a customer-facing role.
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude; flexible and adaptable.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (English).
  • Excellent planning, administrative, organisational and time management skills to deliver and cope with a busy workload.
  • High-level of computer literacy, specifically Microsoft Office
  • Strong keyboard and numeracy skills, with a high-level of accuracy.
  • Commitment to Self Help Africa’s vision of an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa.


  • Office/administration experience in a busy environment, preferably in fundraising or marketing.
  • Working knowledge of marketing/relationship CRM databases, such as Salesforce.
  • Educated to degree level.
  • First Aid Certificate

How to apply:

Full Job description here.

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in the UK at the time of application.

Please upload a completed Application Form your CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role here

Please note incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting.

Closing date is Thursday 15th December 2022 at 5pm

All candidates offered a job with Self Help Africa will be expected to sign Self Help Africa’s Safeguarding Policies and Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.  Specific roles may require Police/DBS/ vetting.

Self Help Africa strives to be an Equal Opportunities Employer