Fundraising and Supporter Engagement (FSE) Advisers
At Christian Aid, we believe that poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. Christian Aid has a vision - an end to poverty – and we believe that vision can become a reality.
For 75 years, we’ve fought poverty and turned hope into action. Although founded by the church and rooted in Christianity, we’ve always helped those in need, regardless of religion, ethnicity or nationality. Created by British and Irish churches in 1945, and owned by our 41 sponsoring churches, Christian Aid provides urgent, practical and effective assistance where the need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root cause.
We act in situations of suffering and injustice because we believe that they violate God’s standards and devalue us all. We currently have programmes in 27 countries globally across Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East
Fundraising and Supporter Engagement
FSE raises the money to fund the Christian Aid’s work and to help grow the size, voice and power of our movement. There are 5 divisions within FSE:-
- Business Operations, Insight and Digital
- Community Fundraising and Public Engagement
- Marketing and Fundraising
- Nations and Church Relations
- Philanthropy and Partnerships
These are exciting times for FSE as we work in partnership to continue our return to growth to deliver our strategic vision “Standing Together”
The FSE Advisory Group
We are forming an Advisory Group to provide a forum to review, validate and challenge the direction and content of FSE’s activity. It will help us achieve our role of encouraging people to give act and pray in support of our vision.
This is an Advisory Group with the responsibility to advise the leadership of FSE, including the Director who reports to the Board. It has no delegated authority from the Board of Trustees.
Full membership of the group is likely to be 6 members; people with diverse backgrounds and a range of professional skills, not just within the traditional Fundraising sector, though we are particularly interested to include members with expertise in Data and Insight, Marketing/Fundraising, and Philanthropy. As the group develops, we expect you may wish to develop an interest in championing the work of particular divisions as listed previously, and members may be called upon to advise Senior Managers separately to the group meetings.
What will I do?
If you are inspired to volunteer for a leading UK charity and want to help eradicate the scandal of poverty, while learning from a diverse group of insightful experts then this role could be for you.
Principally you will work at a strategic level by helping guide the strategic thinking of the FSE leadership.
You will do this by bringing your external networks, knowledge, experience and wider skill-set, giving you the opportunity for rewarding and powerful ways to give back and make a difference in a lighter way than many non-executive roles. In short, you will bring an outward perspective to our work.
You will have the opportunity to participate and be at the core of some exciting programmes for a brilliant cause, knowing that in so doing you will be making an impact on the scandal of poverty. You will be able to participate in high profile events and lectures that we hold regularly too.
What skills do I need?
We are looking for Advisory Group Volunteers who wish to be involved in making transformational strategic actions. You are likely to have operated at a senior level previously, however, no prior experience of the Charity sector is necessary.
FSE Advisory Group members will bring expertise in at least one of these fields:-
- Brand and marketing
- Data & Insight
- People and inclusion (including volunteering)
- Movement building
- Church Relations
- Business / Finance
How much time can I give?
The group will meet in person at our central office in Waterloo InterChurch House, London, approximately 3 times a year for about two to three hours each meeting.
In addition, preparation for meetings and follow up activity may be required, at the Adviser’s discretion. Advisers will be appointed to the group by the Director of FSE. We would hope that you would serve with us for between two and four years.
What support will I receive?
- Individual support from a named contact within Christian Aid
- Insight and thinking from peers on the advisory group
- Access to training sessions with other volunteers and Christian Aid staff
- Access to Christian Aid’s published and online resources
- Access to a volunteers’ extranet
- A regular volunteers’ e-newsletter
- Out-of-pocket expenses if required
Are there any other requirements?
You will need to be in sympathy with Christian Aid’s aims to challenge and change the systems that keep people poor. Christian Aid values diversity and welcomes people from all sections of the community.
How can I apply?
To apply, please provide your CV and a short covering letter telling us why you’d like to be part of the group and the skills you bring. Nick Georgiadis, Director of FSE will shortlist candidates and have an informal conversation before appointing members. This role is voluntary with no salary payable, however reasonable out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
For further advice or information about this role, please contact the Christian Aid Volunteering team at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be happy to help with any enquiries.