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Fundraising Manager – Imaginate

Imaginate is looking to recruit a part-time fundraising manager to raise income streams through trusts & foundations, as well as manage and increase corporate sponsorship, in order to support its core programme and contribute to its strategic plan.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Quickly develop a clear understanding of Imaginate’s ethos, objectives and diverse programmes including the Children’s Festival.
  • Review and refine the existing fundraising strategy in collaboration with the senior management team
  • Set ambitious but realistic fundraising targets and implement the strategy to reach it
  • Co-ordinate bid-writing across the team to maximise income generation, including writing or contributing to bids
  • Create fundraising materials in collaboration with the Head of Marketing and Communications
  • Research new potential funders with a focus on trusts and foundations
  • Develop and maintain relationships with trusts and foundations, sponsors and donors
  • Collaborate with Imaginate team members and the board to build relationships with potential funders and to deliver pitch presentations
  • Represent Imaginate at relevant events with a view to developing new contacts
  • Develop an efficient system to record all aspects of fundraising work
  • Perform any other reasonable activities as required

Person Specification

Essential Skills

  • Track record of writing successful funding applications
  • Excellent knowledge of the principles and processes of trusts and foundation fundraising
  • Confidence to develop fundraising strategies with the senior management team
  • Experience of managing funding relationships
  • Experience in cultural or third sector fundraising
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills and the ability to represent Imaginate to a high standard

Personal Attributes

  • Hard-working and personable, with a can-do attitude
  • Highly motivated by delivering targets
  • The ability to work independently, take initiative and make decisions when required
  • The ability to manage multiple tasks and work under pressure as part of a small team
  • An understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • An interest and belief in the positive impact of the arts on young people


  • Bid writing and presenting pitches to potential corporate sponsors
  • Knowledge of the potential for fundraising in Scotland
  • Knowledge of corporate giving schemes and partnerships
  • Knowledge of the theatre and dance sector
  • Knowledge of the children and young people’s sector

For more information about the job please visit Imaginate