Trusts & Foundations Manager

We are looking for an experienced fundraiser to join our Fundraising Team and lead our work with trusts and foundations 

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Trusts & Foundations Manager

Accountable to:  Head of Fundraising

Location: 21 Albemarle Street, London with some remote working

Contract type: Permanent -  Full time or Part-time - 21 to 35 hours - flexible working considered. 

Salary: c. £42,000 per annum dependent on experience (pro-rata for part time hours)

About the role

The Royal Institution (Ri) is an independent charity which has been connecting people with science for over 200 years. Founded in 1799 through the wonderful generosity of 58 patrons, to this day we remain based in our original, magnificent, Georgian home in central London. Thanks to the support of those early philanthropists, the Ri has inspired generations of scientists over the years whose discoveries have helped shape our modern world.

The Ri has a clear vision that ‘Science is for Everyone’ and it is our belief that everyone should have equitable access to science. Through our packed event programme available in person or online, our UK schools outreach and social impact initiatives, and our global digital reach including over 1.5m YouTube subscribers we achieve our mission by connecting people with scientists to explore science together.

We are looking for an ambitious and dedicated Trusts and Foundations Manager to cultivate and develop the relationships that will enable the Ri to achieve our strategy as we pursue new projects and reach more beneficiaries.

The role is key in maximising income from charitable trusts and foundations, collaborating across the Ri to develop innovative and compelling proposals, delivering excellent account management and stewardship to existing donors, and identifying, researching and engaging new prospects. 

You will develop cultivation strategies for current and prospective charitable trusts and foundations and research relevant trusts and grant making bodies to prepare, write and submit applications. You will use your outstanding relationship building skills to build relationships with Trust and Foundations that are new or lapsed and create opportunities to introduce the work of the Ri.

About you

Driven and motivated, you will be an engaging communicator and creative thinker with experience at writing persuasive funding proposals and the ability to communicate complex messages to a range of grant-giving audiences.

Do you have:

  • Substantial experience of fundraising in the cultural or similar sector, 
  • Trusts and foundations fundraising experience and knowledge of public sector income streams and trust and foundation practices and principles
  • Experience preparing fundraising applications, and a track record of fundraising success 
  • Demonstrable experience of maximising opportunities from researching prospects, generating meetings, securing income and managing relationships with donors
  • Ability to tackle challenges constructively, and find creative ways forward

If so, we’d love to hear from you!


Please review the full job description and person specification (download below), and send your CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words explaining why you are interested in the role and how you meet the criteria set out in the person spec to as soon as possible and by 10am on Monday 15 July 2024.

Please state in your application if you are applying for the role on a full-time or part-time basis.

We plan to interview on 18 or 22 July but may interview as applications come in. We may also close the application process early if we have a strong field of applicants.

The Ri is a small and welcoming environment with a creative team who are committed to nourish everyone’s desire to engage with science

Equal opportunities

We ask applicants to complete and return the recruitment monitoring form along with their application. The Ri is committed to equality of opportunity at all stages of the recruitment process. The information supplied in this form will be treated in strict confidence and not form part of the selection process. You may choose not to disclose some or all of the information requested in the form, and this will not affect your application in any way.

About the Royal Institution

At the  Royal Institution our vision is that science is for everyone. 

Science transforms lives and underpins the modern world – from health to the latest technology, the environment, and the furthest reaches of our universe. Science is part of culture, but not everyone has the same opportunity to engage. We believe there should be equitable access to science, and that people’s desire to engage with science and scientists should be nourished.

 Join us in our charitable mission to bring the public and scientists together to share their interest and passion for science, empowering people to explore and get involved. 

The Ri is a home for science and everyone is welcome.