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Major Gifts Officer

Chance to Shine

Chance to Shine is a national charity that aims to give all children the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. We believe that cricket can help to develop the personal, social and physical skills of the 600,000 children that we work with every year.

25 Apr 2022
Full Time
Closing date
31 Aug 2022


Chance to Shine is a national charity that aims to give all children the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. We believe that cricket can help to develop the personal, social and physical skills of the 600,000 children that we work with every year.

Chance to Shine Schools programme has introduced five million state school children to cricket over the last 15 years. 88% of the teachers we surveyed agreed their pupils had developed their teamwork skills through taking part. 72% of the children we surveyed agreed “I feel confident when I play cricket”.

Chance to Shine Street was set up to reach young people in disadvantaged areas. Street is a fast, fun, free and exciting version of cricket requiring limited equipment. The programme engages more than 5,000 young people each year across 200 projects. 64% of our participants are from the most deprived areas of England and 75% are from ethnically diverse communities.

The Fundraising Team is tasked with securing new partners and donors and the stewardship of existing supporters across a range of funding streams: Corporate, Events, Trusts and Foundations, Individuals, and statutory funding to support the delivery of Chance to Shine programmes.

Major Giftsincome makes up approximately 30% of our fundraising income and is a channel that has been identified in our 5-year fundraising strategy as a strong growth area. We have a healthy portfolio of loyal supporters, but are working to grow this supporter base through identifying and building relationships with new donors. The Major Gifts Officer will play an important role in supporting the growth of this income stream.

Purpose of the role

The Major Gifts Officer will play an important role in the success and growth of Major Gifts fundraising at Chance to Shine. The role will primarily identify and research prospects to provide insight into capacity to give and an affinity to the cause in order that the team can prioritise prospects and develop targeted cultivation and stewardship plans.

In addition to this you will be responsible for a portfolio of mid-level supporters, building relationships to retain and upgrade support. Your stewardship of this pool will include providing updates on our work, developing bespoke communications, managing events invitations, acknowledging support, and maintaining accurate records on the fundraising database. You will also support the Major Gifts Manager by coordinating the preparation of reports to a small pool of individuals.

Key Responsibilities

Prospect research

  • Use a variety of external sources to aid research into relevant prospects with particular focus on cricketing interest and philanthropic interests which align with Chance to Shine’s impact.
  • Research, track and report on prospective donors from within and outside the current database, ensuring a stream of donors at differing gift levels to meet fundraising ambitions.
  • Lead on network mapping for current donors and key prospects including links to Chance to Shine Trustees and Development Board members.
  • Create prospect and supporter bios ahead of Major Donor 1:1 meetings and cultivation events.
  • Support the Major Gifts Manager to segment individual donors and prospects to enable targeted event invitations for cultivation and stewardship.
  • To provide support to the Trusts & Foundations Manager and wider team as requested in expanding/increasing prospect development.

Compliance and due diligence

  • Lead on data protection compliance for Fundraising working with the Fundraising Assistant and wider team as appropriate
  • Ensure processing activities within the Fundraising team are appropriately documented and in compliance with the data privacy laws (e.g. Data Protection Act 2018, GDPR and PECR.)
  • Draft due diligence on prospective major donors where required in line with Chance to Shine’s gift acceptance policy.

Wider Support:

  • Undertake other responsibilities not outlined above which are commensurate with a role of this nature and which have been discussed and agreed with the line manager.
  • Work occasional evenings or weekends to support fundraising events (for which time off in lieu will be given).
  • To provide wider support to the team as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the development of cross fundraising planning and strategy development.

Key relationships

The job holder will liaise with:

  • Chief Executive, Director of Fundraising, Major Gifts Manager.
  • Fundraising team
  • Impact & Evaluation, Operations, PR & Communications and Finance & Resources teams.
  • Trustees and senior volunteers.

Skills Knowledge and Personal Competencies

Essential experiences and competencies

  • Experience of prospect research and moves management within the charitable or academic sector
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Experience of relationship management and stewardship of supporters.
  • Knowledge and demonstrable experience of working with databases, preferably Raiser’s Edge.
  • Sound understanding of data protection and GDPR.
  • Ability to collect and assess information rapidly, identifying key points and summarise as appropriate.
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to work proactively, managing your own workload and ensuring deadlines and priorities are well handled.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Excellent IT skills including experience with Excel and Word.

Essential traits and drivers:

  • Enthusiasm to embrace Chance to Shine values: Inspiring, ambitious, passionate, inclusive and fun.
  • Ability to work under own initiative and also respond to team requests.
  • Ability to prioritise tasks effectively and be responsible for meeting own deadlines
  • Enthusiastic and tenacious ability to spot opportunities for prospect research.
  • Awareness of confidentiality and sensitivity of information.
  • Strong attention to detail.


  • 25 days annual leave (with additional non-contractual time at Christmas when the office is closed)
  • 8% non-contributory employer pension
  • Private medical healthcare
  • Employee health cash-back plan
  • Long-term sickness insurance
  • Life assurance - four times your annual basic salary
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Flexible working
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay
  • Generous sick pay
  • Volunteering 2 days per year
  • OpenBlend - an innovative coaching and performance management tool
  • Employee Assistance Programme - 24/7 confidential access to expert services including counselling, wellbeing, and independent legal and financial advice
  • Cycle 2 Work Scheme

How to Apply

To apply for this, please click 'Apply Now' to begin the online application process.

We’re working hard to embed equity, diversity and inclusion across all areas of our work – we know diversity and diversity of thought will help us thrive as an organisation and be more effective in what we do.

Within our values at Chance to Shine, to be inclusive sits at the heart of our mission. During your time with us we want you to feel involved in all aspects of our work, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, neuro-diversity, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave.

We are committed to ensuring that the diversity of our staff team reflects the full diversity of the young people that we serve through our programmes, particularly People of Colour, LGBTQ and those with disabilities. Therefore, we welcome applications from a broad spectrum of communities

Additional Information

Full Time
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£31,000 - 34,000

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