A trust fundraiser is employed by a charity to raise funds from grantmaking charitable trusts and foundations. They serve a core fundraising function at almost all charities, seeking funding from established funders and sources of grants.
Trust Fundraisers’ activities
A Trust Fundraiser, sometimes called a Grants Fundraiser, will spend a lot of time on researching relevant trusts, making appropriate applications to those selected, and then thanking and maintaining a dialogue with those trusts that make grants to the charity.
There are many trust fundraising vacancies at UK charities because the source of funding applies to almost any charity. Grantmaking trusts are established by individuals or organisations as a method of making grants to specific charities or charitable projects. Trusts are themselves charities, so are regulated by the relevant body, such as the Charity Commission in England and Wales, and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) in Scotland.
Some trusts give small grants of just a few hundred pounds, but others give much bigger grants of hundreds of thousands of pounds, and occasionally over a million pounds. As such they can provide a charity with a very effective form of fundraising in terms of return on investment. One trust fundraiser can, depending on the cause and the volume of funding available, raise many hundreds of thousands of pounds, or more, each year.
Some grantmaking trusts develop long-standing relationships with charities that they support, and will sometimes choose to make ongoing donations, or donations over a set number of years. This approach adds to the return on investment (ROI) for trust fundraisers.
For more information on how your charity can benefit from trusts, please call 0845 094 8033 or go to www.trustfundraising.co.uk