Head of Fundraising, UK

Right To Play


Organisation: Right To Play UK

Department/Division: UK National Office (UKNO)

Reports to: Executive Director

Work Arrangement: Flexible with regular travel to London (office in Kennington)

A combination of in-office and remote-working in accordance with Right To Play’s work arrangement and the operational needs of the department.

Authorised to work in: UK (Eligible to work legally without requiring work visa sponsorship)

Target Hiring Range: GBP52,790 – 58,069 per annum FTE (depending on experience)

Contract Duration: Permanent – Open to full-time/part-time/flexible working and job share arrangement with the successful candidate

Application Closing Date: 20 June 2024 23:59 BST


Right To Play is a global leader in delivering play-based programmes that promote children and young people’s learning and well-being. Established in 2000, Right To Play reaches children through experiential programming in 14 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. By collaborating with teachers, governments, communities, and parents, we help children unlock their potential, enabling them to make positive and healthy choices and to create better futures for themselves, their families, and their societies.

Right To Play UK is a charity registered in England and Wales and in Scotland, which works in partnership with Right To Play International to raise funds and awareness across the UK.


We protect, educate and empower children to rise above adversity using the power of play.


  • Accept EveryoneBe intentional about inclusion
  • Make Things HappenSeek opportunities to lead and innovate
  • Display CourageAct with integrity
  • Demonstrate CareLook after yourself and one another
  • Be PlayfulHave fun at work

Learn more about who we are and what we do on our website www.righttoplay.org.uk and our Culture Code here www.righttoplay.com/en/landing/our-culture-code/.


Reporting to the Executive Director, Right To Play (RTP) UK, the Head of Fundraising will be responsible for leading on community, mid and major donor fundraising and philanthropy for RTP UK. You will develop a successful strategic vision for RTP UK’s work in this area, leading on developing and coordinating fundraising campaigns, building, and developing our portfolio of major donors, developing a philanthropy pipeline and facilitating bespoke events, with the aim of generating substantial income in line with the organisation’s budgetary objectives.

The role may require select travel to other parts of the country or global country programmes, in order to support key initiatives. Occasional evening and weekend activity for donor events and meetings, is expected.


#1. Fundraising Campaigns and Strategy (20% of Time)

  • Collaborate on development and implementation of UK fundraising strategy, working closely with the UK leadership team and international colleagues.
  • Lead on developing, adapting and coordinating UK fundraising campaigns, working closely with the Head of Communications and Engagement and UK team.
  • Project managing delivery of campaigns by the RTP UK staff team, working across all audiences, including mass, community and mid/major donors.
  • Analyse and report on audience, results and trends and use this to inform future plans.

#2. Major Giving and Philanthropy (50% of Time)

  • Lead on developing, implementing and reporting on RTP’s major giving strategy in the UK, in alignment with RTP’s global strategic plan, in collaboration with the Head of Partnerships and Executive Director.
  • Direct management of a range of major donors and philanthropic relationships, as well as oversight of relationship management by colleagues and the Partnerships team.
  • Lead on researching, identifying, developing, and supporting new major donor funding opportunities with the aim of generating substantial income from this fundraising source in line with the organization’s budgetary objectives.
  • Lead on ongoing communications strategy for our mid and major donor support base, building support and ensuring consistency across a range of constituent groups.

#3. Major Donor Events Development (15% of Time)

  • Lead on design and development of bespoke major donor events, working closely with service providers, donors and the RTP UK team.
  • Lead on stewardship of events-focused audiences, building a long-term, diversified support base.

#4. Contribute and Support Global and UK Team (10% of Time)

  • Contribute to global projects and strategies through the global fundraising team.
  • Support the work of the wider RTP UK team, focusing on shared team goals.

#5. Perform Other Duties as Assigned (5% of Time)

  • Undertake any other activities reasonably requested by the Executive Director.



  • Undergraduate degree from a relevant university program or equivalent work experience.


  • Demonstrable experience working within a senior fundraising role and more specifically working successfully with mid and major donors, in line with the requirements of this role.
  • Experience managing relationships with a range of major donors.
  • Experience developing and securing high value relationships and gifts.
  • Experience developing/approving reports and proposals for major donors and/or tailoring to a UK audience.
  • Experience representing an organisation with senior stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable experience in negotiating and influencing.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal sensitively and diplomatically with a variety of people, both internally and externally.
  • Excellent networking skills.
  • High attention to detail for writing professional external communications.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to manage a varied workload and balance conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to think creatively and assess effective approaches with different audiences.
  • Ability to work flexibly and collaboratively in a team with enthusiasm and commitment.
  • Willingness and ability to work additional hours as required at events and business meetings (with TOIL provided).
  • Understanding of and commitment to the aims and values of Right To Play.


  • Excellent written and spoken English.


  • Understanding of International Development issues and context.
  • Understanding of UK charity fundraising regulations and Data Protection legislation.
  • Experience working in a global organisation.


The opportunity to collaborate with an innovative, fun team who are passionate about working with children and youth. You will gain experience working for a globally recognised organisation with a healthy culture premised on our Culture Code (accept everyone, make things happen, display courage, demonstrate care and be playful). You will be immersed in an environment where learning and development is encouraged and valued, and “play” is appreciated as a core avenue to building community.

  • Flexible work arrangements (e.g. work from home and flex hours)
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holiday per year
  • 5 personal learning and development (L&D) days per year
  • 5% employer pension contribution
  • Income Protection
  • Life Assurance
  • Maternity/paternity/parental leave top up and support
  • Annual learning week
  • Annual staff recognition awards
  • Opportunity to connect with employees across our offices (e.g. Facebook Workplace)
  • Opportunity to engage in global projects and initiatives
  • Wellness programs
  • Playful activities and events

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this position, please apply with your resume and cover letter in English via the application link.

Application Link: https://righttoplay.hiringplatform.ca/180471-head-of-fundraising-rtp-uk/777587-application-form/en

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Shortlisting of applications will begin immediately. Interviews are scheduled to take place on 26th June 2024.

Right To Play provides equal employment opportunities to employees regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or marital status. As such, we encourage groups who have been historically disadvantaged with respect to employment to apply for positions at Right To Play. We offer a family-friendly environment that allows for flexible work arrangements in order to support staff diversity and ensure a healthy work-life balance.

We value and promote a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Should you require any accessibility related accommodations or specific adjustments to ensure fair and equitable access throughout the recruitment and selection process, and thereafter, please reach out to the People & Culture team by email at [email protected]. All information provided will be treated as confidential and used only to provide an accessible candidate experience.

We are a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening or equivalent criminal check as a condition of employment.

To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at www.righttoplay.org.uk

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