May 3, 2024

Career opportunity: Fundraising Assistant, Head Office, Salisbury

To apply, please send your CV and one page covering letter to Fundraising Manager Sarah Lopez-Ferreiro by emailing 

We are seeking an enthusiastic and committed individual, with flair for communicating through the written word, to support our Trusts & Foundations fundraising. This is a fantastic role for a graduate or someone looking to start a career in the charitable sector. You will be given ongoing support, training and mentoring throughout the job.

Horatio’s Garden is a growing, award winning, national charity improving the lives of people with spinal injuries by creating and nurturing outstanding garden projects in NHS spinal injury centres.

Trusts & Foundations is our largest income stream and we are looking to increase capacity in the team during a growth period for the charity. You will support our experienced Trusts & Foundations team to help meet, and exceed, our income targets and to provide fantastic support to our donors. You will also have the opportunity to spend half a day a week in our Salisbury garden assisting the Head Gardener and spending time with beneficiaries.

We are an equal opportunities employer, and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. As a charity we are committed to creating and promoting a culture that protects and preserves the welfare of the vulnerable people in our care. Our safer recruitment practices support this by ensuring that there is a consistent and thorough process of obtaining and evaluating information from and about candidates including criminal record checks, to ensure that all persons appointed are suitable to work for our charity.

Main duties:

  • Identify and research grant giving trusts and foundations to whom Horatio’s Garden is eligible to submit applications for funding.
  • Proactively approach relevant trusts and foundations, where possible, to discuss potential applications before submission.
  • Prepare and submit high quality applications for funding for a range of Horatio’s Garden projects.
  • Prepare and submit high quality, timely progress reports to grant givers, contributing to longer term relationship development with funders.
  • Maintain the Trusts and Foundations pipeline to maximise supporter retention and income generation.
  • Identify and deliver opportunities to engage grant givers with Horatio’s Garden, through events and garden tours, to increase supporter engagement.
  • Support the whole fundraising team with tasks where required.

General duties:

  • Work with the gardens, arts programme and finance teams at Horatio’s Garden to understand the need for funding and the impact of Horatio’s Garden to maintain profitable relationships with supporters.
  • Ensure all contact and communications with supporters is recorded on our CRM database and on pipelines to enable continuity with supporters across the team.
  • Keep up to date with trends and developments in fundraising to identify opportunities for Horatio’s Garden to increase sustainable income.
  • Actively contribute to team and organisation meetings.
  • Actively contribute to projects and activities across the organisation, supporting colleagues and volunteers where necessary.
  • Support the charity at events and be willing to help the team with other activities where required. This may require travel to our garden sites across the UK and overnight stays.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Experience for this role:

  • A flair for preparing compelling and persuasive written proposals/documents
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a warm, friendly and engaging manner
  • Numerate and able to interpret data and trends
  • Ability to manage a varied workload, work on own initiative to multiple tight deadlines with demonstrable time management skills and processes
  • Ability to form and maintain good relationships and to work within a team
  • High level of efficiency – able to work under pressure
  • Energetic with initiative and drive
  • Enthusiasm for working in the charitable sector
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Office packages, particularly Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Empathy and understanding of the issues faced by spinal injury patients

This role is 37.5 hours a week over five days with a salary of £23,500-£27,500 per year, dependent on experience. Some out of hours work may be required, for which time off in lieu will be provided. Ideally based in our head office, just outside Salisbury in Coombe Bisset, SP5 4LN. Hybrid working can be considered.

To apply, please send your CV and one page covering letter to Fundraising Manager Sarah Lopez-Ferreiro by emailing 

Salary: £23,500-£27,500 per year, dependent on experience

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, over five days

Application deadline: 31 May 2024

Job type: Full-time, permanent

Work location: In person

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