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Fundraising Development Manager / Grant Writing (Part-time or full-time) – July 2018


The Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research (WICR) is a UK-registered non-profit Charity and one of the leading independent think tanks promoting gender equality, evidence-based sexual ethics, democratic governance and accountability in the Roman Catholic Church.

To help people overcome religion-based fundamentalism and prejudices, particularly against women, LGBT, sexual ethics, and democratic governance, WICR acts as a clearing house of theological research worldwide: we coordinate leading academics to cooperate on interdisciplinary research reports on those topics. We then make freely available online academic as well as more accessible educational resources. Our many educational websites provide free information to 800,000+ visitors a year; our social media followers are approximately 3,000. Our office is based less than five minutes’ walk from the Rickmansworth station on the Metropolitan Line of London underground.

WICR is evolving from a mainly charismatic, volunteers-based organisation to a more institutional outfit. Despite having been around since 1983, we are still a start-up: you will join a small, friendly team, in a highly strategic role for the future of the charity which will require initiative and the capacity to multi-task.

The Role

You will be responsible for the development of a major gifts and grants programme; identifying and engaging with potential future supporters, including major philanthropists (individuals, corporate donors, Trusts and Foundations) in the UK and internationally.

To that end, working closely with the director of communications and the director of research, you will be responsible for:

  • Identifying potential individual donors, and establishing excellent relationships with them. This will include using ‘face to face’ fundraising techniques;
  • Identifying potential partnerships on specific projects with Trusts, Foundations, and other institutional donors.
  • Establishing productive relationships with key personnel in those organisations in order to write effective proposals to seek Trust and Foundation support.


  • A proactive self-starter, capable of working on more than one project at the time.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in any discipline.
  • Significant experience of successfully engaging with senior individuals and Trusts and Foundations, and a strong track record of securing major gifts for charitable causes.
  • You will relish the challenge of working in a start-up environment.
  • You will share the charity’s mission and goals.


  • Initiative/proactivity;
  • Strategic mind-set;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written), including grant-writing;
  • Negotiation/diplomacy;
  • Time-management;
  • Problem-solving and decision-making;
  • Project management skills.


  • Flexible hours;
  • Part-time or full-time;
  • Competitive salary, negotiable depending upon experience;
  • Small but friendly and collaborative team.

Application Process

To apply for the role, please email the following documents to admin@wijngaardsinstitute.com:

  • Personal statement in support of your application outlining how your individual knowledge, skills and experience meet the requirements of the personal specification;
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Applications should be received by the 5th of July 2018.