Head of Fundraising (Part Time)

Background to the Cheetah Conservation Fund and CCF UK

The cheetah is the most endangered big cat in Africa with 7,100 in the wild. The Cheetah Conservation Fund was established by Dr Laurie Marker in Namibia in 1990. Dr Marker has developed a remarkable set of innovative, integrated conservation programmes that has saved the cheetah in Namibia. CCF’s work extends throughout Africa and the Middle East but funding is required to scale up and roll out these successful programmes into those parts of Namibia where human wildlife conflict still exists and into other cheetah range countries.

The majority of CCF’s funding comes from the USA, managed by a small team based in Washington DC, with affiliates in the UK, Canada, Italy, France and Australia, run by volunteers. Income is also generated in Namibia through paying guests, internships and eco-tourism.

The two objectives of CCF UK are to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah in the UK and to raise funds for the work in Africa. This work is overseen by a Board of Trustees and implemented by a small Executive Committee of dedicated volunteers with expertise in the PR, marketing, social media, website and database management, grant writing, journalism, conservation and corporate sectors. Most volunteers have full time jobs.

Purpose of the Role

Currently, the organisation is working with a consulting company to support the development of the corporate strategy which will include a fundraising strategy. This process will be completed by mid-December 2017.

In anticipation of our fundraising needs, the Board of Trustees of CCF UK (“the Board”) seeks to engage a Head of Fundraising to generate funds from high net worth philanthropists and their families, corporates, events, trusts and legacies. This is a home based, part time consulting role reporting to Alex von Sponeck, CCF UK Trustee.

The Board has ambitious growth targets over the coming five years and this role will play a key part in enabling CCF UK to raise substantial funds to support the work of CCF HQ in Namibia and throughout Africa in the conservation of the cheetah.


  1. To review and build on the prospecting plan. Build your own caseload of potential supporters, taking initiative and driving forward outreach to engage new philanthropists with CCF’s work
  2. Seek deeper insight into prospects’ motivations, networks and capacity to maximise chances of engagement, and develop strategic areas such as geographical fundraising, social investment modelling, giving groups etc. To secure multi-year donor commitment as appropriate
  3. Develop strategic, two-way, face-to-face relationships with key donors, asking them at the right time for high-level financial support and providing them with the highest level of supporter care
  4. Identify corporate entities that fit with the ethos and values of the CCF brand and explore potential partnerships with the view of developing significant partnerships
  5. Review the potential for high profile events, working with the voluntary team to deliver these, and explore the upside of using our Royal Patron and our other patrons to host these events
  6. Research and identify potential trusts and foundations to submit proposals using agreed projects and budgets developed by CCF US
  7. Create communications and presentations of CCF’s work to donors, corporates and trusts, ranging from short concise descriptions of successful conservation programmes, to in-depth analytical explanations of our work in complex areas of conservation and development
  8. Develop annual strategic and operational programme plans and budgets with agreed targets and monitor, evaluate and report against them as required
  9. Responsible for own financial monitoring and targeting, and reporting on monthly, quarterly and annual forecasts
  10. Invite donors and corporate partners to, and host them at, appropriate high-level events. To assist and on occasion, project manage, events ranging from large receptions, to seminars, discussions and intimate dinners
  11. Develop relationships with CCF UK Trustees, CCF UK Patrons and other relevant CCF UK supporters, and Senior Staff in CCF US and CCF Namibia in order to involve them appropriately in our UK fundraising programme
  12. Manage and maintain an accurate and up-to-date database that underpins the administration of the programme, conforming to the Data Protection Act
  13. Ensure the timely and appropriate transfer of income to the field, liaising with the CCF UK Treasurer and CCF Namibia General Manager
  14. Be open to exploring how to make better use of digital communications where it can help CCF UK achieve better results for cheetahs, working with the voluntary social media team.

Relevant Experience

  • Developing and managing high quality relationships with high-net-worth individuals, successfully asking face to face for significant financial support (proven experience in securing gifts £25k+ and of personally making the ask at this level)
  • Leading on prospect management, identifying and reaching out to new supporters
  • Different forms of philanthropic motivations, giving mechanisms and fundraising strategies, from the social investment market to giving circles
  • Developing partnerships with corporate entities that will provide a mutually beneficial longer-term relationship
  • Developing of supporting proposals for timely submission to UK Trusts and Foundations
  • Event management with the ability to think out of the box to create interesting, must attend events
  • Producing communications including written, verbal and high quality bespoke presentations/reports/proposals for high value donors and corporates.

Specific Skills and Knowledge

  • Able to manage fundraising information using electronic (e.g. databases) and paper systems
  • Knowledge of the current philanthropy and HNW landscape, and corporate sector, insight into future trends and how charities are catering to this landscape
  • Exemplary skills in IT packages; able to present information in a relevant, compelling manner.


For more information and to apply, please contact kate@cheetah.org.uk or call 07980 782823