Fundraising Officer – Trusts

Centre for Alternative Technology


This is an opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to work in our
fantastic, skilled Fundraising Team in an exciting period of ambitious growth. The role offers
many opportunities to develop fundraising skills and experience.

About CAT

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is an internationally renowned environmental
charity, a world-leading eco centre, and one of the foremost providers of postgraduate
environmental education in the UK, based near Machynlleth in Mid Wales.

CAT provides inspiration, education and training in solutions to the climate and biodiversity

Key activities include a visitor centre where people can see solutions in action, residential,
in-person and online short courses and events, vocational training, and postgraduate degrees in
a wide range of sustainability-related topics.

Our free Information Service provides advice for individuals and our Zero Carbon Britain team
publishes research and works directly with councils, communities and other organisations to
help transform complex economic, social and political systems.

This is a very exciting time to join the organisation, particularly for a fundraiser with a
focus on trusts and foundations. CAT recently entered an exciting phase in its development,
launching a £20 million capital fundraising campaign to rejuvenate our visitor centre. This
will provide the postholder with opportunities to support work on high profile funding
applications, gaining invaluable experience to further their career goals.

Job details:

Ref: FOFT230504
Area of responsibility: Fundraising
Responsible to: Fundraising Manager
Responsible for: Supervision of volunteers
Contract type: Permanent
Responsibility Grade: 4
Location: Flexible: home-working with regular visits to the CAT eco centre
near Machynlleth
Hours: Full-time: 37.5 hours per week.
Working days: Usually Monday to Friday, core hours are from 10am to 4pm.
Occasional weekend and evening working.
Salary and employee benefits: £22,790 p.a.

CAT offers a generous annual leave allowance of 25 days p.a., plus bank holidays (usually 9-10
days), plus additional allowance at Christmas (usually 3 days), plus 1 extra day for every year
worked (up to 5 days).

CAT also offers an attractive package of employee benefits, including:

  • A free cooked lunch and free hot drinks from the café whenever working from the CAT eco
  • 40% discount on retail goods purchased from CAT
  • Opportunities for CPD training, qualifications & professional memberships to be funded
    by CAT
  • Opportunity to take 2 CAT short courses per year free-of-charge
  • The opportunity to purchase additional holiday days
  • A ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme (planned)
  • 5% pension contribution
  • Generous maternity and paternity entitlement and Death In Service benefit
  • 2 hours per month for general health & wellbeing & 2 hours per month for Welsh
    language tuition.

Work remotely: See Location
Application deadline: 9am 19 June 2023
Interviews to be held:  28 June 2023 (on site)
Expected start date: As soon as possible

COVID-19 considerations:

Working arrangements for staff comply with all current applicable COVID-19 guidance and are
updated as and when the guidance changes.

Overview of role:

This is an opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to work in our
fantastic, skilled Fundraising Team in an exciting period of ambitious growth. The role offers
many opportunities to develop trusts and foundations fundraising skills and experience.

CAT’s Fundraising Team is responsible for raising vital funds for CAT’s core and project work
from individuals, trusts and foundations, statutory sources, groups and organisations. This is
essential for CAT to fulfil its charitable mission – to inform, inspire and enable people to
take action for a sustainable future. The post-holder will play an essential role within this

To successfully raise funds from trusts and foundations, the postholder will work closely with
and be supported by other members of the team including the Fundraising Team Manager, the
Fundraising Manager for Major Donors & Legacies and the Head of Strategic Funding and
Programmes. They may also provide support to these team members if required to raise funds from
statutory, corporate, group or individual sources, including by helping to organise events and
webinars, and may be required to provide supporter care and administration support for another
Fundraising Officer.

To engage and deliver successful strategies for fundraising from trusts and foundations, the
postholder will research relevant sources of income; consolidate this funding and project
information and provide support for the setting and monitoring of project budgets; keep the
project pipeline updated; research, engage and develop relationships with donor prospects and
ensure stewardship; submit a rolling programme of applications; and monitor and evaluate
feedback. They will also ensure that donors are thanked and receive appropriate recognition,
and ensure compliance with CAT’s policies and procedures, whilst maintaining records and
managing any reporting requirements.

Main responsibilities

Trusts and foundations:

  • To work with the Fundraising Manager and Head of Strategic Funding and Programmes to
    support the development and implementation of strategies and plans for fundraising from trusts
    and foundations, including through an audit of trusts and foundations.
  • To provide support to lead staff in project development including budget setting,
    monitoring and reporting.
  • To research trusts and foundations funding prospects.
  • To maintain and further develop a project pipeline and rolling programme of bids.
  • To engage with, develop and maintain strong relationships with trusts and foundations and
    statutory funding bodies.
  • To research, complete and submit compelling funding applications, liaising closely with
    relevant staff within CAT and, where relevant, partner organisations.
  • Ensure appropriate stewardship of supporters.
  • Ensure funders are thanked and their support is acknowledged appropriately.
  • Ensure that the process for reporting on grants is monitored and that teams understand
    their roles and responsibilities once funding is secured.
  • To ensure appropriate monitoring and evaluation of funding bids.
  • Ensure data and records are kept up to date and that staff follow good practice.
  • To assist with staff training, development and motivation, ensuring that all staff receive
    adequate induction, health and safety and customer care training.
  • To provide support for the management of fundraising budgets, including invoice and income
    coding and monitoring income and expenditure.
  • To contribute to regular Key Performance Indicator reports.
  • To maintain accurate and complete information on the trusts fundraising databases.

Other duties:

  • To provide support to team members if required to raise funds from statutory, corporate,
    group or individual sources, including by helping to organise events and webinars.
  • To provide supporter care and administration support for the Fundraising Officer.
  • Any other appropriate duties as defined by the Fundraising Manager.

Applications should be forwarded to [email protected]
by the deadline stating the job title in the Subject line.

Any queries should be addressed to [email protected]

Applications are required, CVs will not be accepted.

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