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Global Head of Major Giving

Job type: Full-time, permanent (flexibility will be considered)

Location: UK

Salary: £55k-£60k (depending on experience)


Do you have a proven track record in major gifts fundraising, boundless energy; world-class communication, negotiating and relationship-building skills?

Compassion in World Farming International is a fast-growing and influential campaigning charity that is already transforming the lives of millions of farm animals around the world and seeking to change fundamentally the way our food is produced. We are looking for an impressive, talented Head of International Major Gifts to lead our successful and growing International Major Gifts team.

The debate about food security, sustainability and safety has never been more urgent. Whilst veganism and flexitarianism are rising trends – animal welfare on factory farms worldwide is a desolate reflection on our society. Billions of animals are factory farmed every day. In Europe alone, hundreds of millions of animals farmed for food spend their entire life in a cage. Food is not running out (we already produce enough to feed billions more people) – but space to farm for current quantities of meat, dairy and fish, is. And time is running out too - for the billions of farm animals every second of every day and for the planet.

Compassion in World Farming International has embarked on a radical global strategy that seeks to stop and reverse the spread of Factory Farming globally. We have a track record of success since our start in the sixties. And we will need to at least double our income worldwide to keep that up. As the needs of our programmes grow internationally, we need to work with more people and institutions across the globe to enable the success of our programmes.

We are looking for a talented Head of International Major Gifts to lead our successful and growing International Major Gifts team. Reporting into our International Director of Fundraising, you will be responsible to grow our Major Gifts income from the US and EU focusing on Individuals, Trusts and Foundations and explore our potential further with Institutional and Corporate partners.

You’ll work with a dynamic and ambitious team who are responsible for a significant growth from international philanthropic partners over the past 4 years from £1.8m to £4.5m this year. The added value we particularly seek from this role is helping the organization move into new partnerships and areas. That will be vital to bring to life new programs which require levels of funding ranging from £7million to £21million over the next five years. You will also be leading on integrating Major Gifts within he programs department further and drive high standards and processes for major gifts fundraising within the organization. We need an experienced team leader who will guide and coach the team to continue on their path to success.

We are looking for someone who feels as strongly about the abolition of factory farming as we do – who will enthusiastically strike up a conversation about this with a wide-ranging group of stakeholders. Who will go out there and forge new relationships as well as nurture old ones and who will mentor and guide the team to growth. We are also looking for someone who has substantial experience of managing a team of experienced MG fundraisers – to help nurture and coach them to achieve the growth targets for the team. We need someone with 5+ years’ experience of team management and raising substantial gifts in the international NGO sector.

Internally you will have close liaison with our HQ and international mission-delivery colleagues as well as the wider fundraising team. Leading the team, you will be responsible for translating ambitious programmatic strategies into cases for support, present them to do donors, do prospect research and ensure truly exemplary stewardship.

About you

We are looking for a senior entrepreneurial major gifts fundraiser. You have a proven track record in achieving growth in major gifts fundraising, boundless energy, world-class communication, and outstanding negotiating and relationship-building skills.

You are positive, intellectually astute, can-do, confident and innovative about identifying and securing gifts at the highest levels. Further, you will be personally committed and motivated to delivering ambitious income growth for our cause.

To succeed in this role, you will have a track record of soliciting significant (at least £1m+) gifts from major gifts together with demonstrable success of relationship building, personal stewardship and experience of working at a high level of Major Giving in international markets, with already established relationships and networks. You are creative, have gravitas, exceptional communication and negotiating skills and the ability to engage and influence donors and other stakeholders.

You are as happy designing strategies and targets as you are getting stuck-in with the team and booking progress hands-on. You are an experienced team manager with a great track record of growing and building teams.

Your track record will show that you are proactive; target-driven; able to identify, create and convert opportunities for significant gifts; grow income from new markets and develop compelling cases for support. Experience of working in a campaigning environment would be an advantage.

Please see our website for a full job description and person specification.

Read more about working for Compassion in World Farming

I deal with lots of NGOs and many of them are fine organisations, but I can honestly say that Compassion in World Farming is probably the finest. It isn’t just that their cause is just. They espouse it with such calmness and reason

Martin Hickman, The Independent


  • Read the full job description
  • Closing date: 8th December 2019
  • Interviews: Will take place on a rolling programme throughout the application period.
  • Please complete the online application form to upload your CV and a covering letter outlining your credentials for the role and what you would bring to our INGO.