Foundation Scotland
Foundation Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC022910

Foundation Scotland is an independent charity that strengthens local communities by providing a source of funding to community led projects the length and breadth of Scotland. It was established to help people and organisations give to good causes effectively and inexpensively.

Current vacancies

Top job! Investment Executive

  • Full time
  • £33,000 – £40,000
  • Scotland (Remote Working)
  • Closing 7th December 2022

Foundation Scotland is Scotland's community foundation, helping communities take action, create positive change and deliver lasting impact through transformative funding. Their purpose is to support communities to shape their own future, with the capacity and resources to deliver it. They believe for every community to thrive, it should be resourced to match its vision.

Foundation Scotland is trusted by hundreds of communities across Scotland, and over four hundred donors are supported by their services. More than £150 million has been distributed to charitable organisations, social enterprises, and community groups across Scotland through innovative funding programmes and social investment since the Foundation launched in 1996.

This is a full-time (or 4 days per week), fully remote working position.

The role:

Working closely with the Head of Social Investment, this role will be responsible for processing applications from social enterprises, carrying our loans/credit assessments, preparing detailed financial reports and making recommendations to decision making panels. Assessing affordability, financial modelling, report writing and proactively promoting the work of the Foundation will be all be important components of the work. This role will also manage a portfolio of social enterprise investments coordinating financial draw down and ensuring regular reports are provided. Delinquency and provision management, implementing monitoring, evaluation processes and reporting outcomes alongside problem solving are key elements of the job. This role will also deliver support for the Social Investment Committee in all aspects of its work whilst simultaneously working in partnership with stakeholders and investees to make sure the whole process runs smoothly and all interested parties receive the best possible experience from the Foundation. This role will sometimes be responsible for representing the Foundation at various Forum and events used to spread the word about the work of the organisation throughout Scotland whilst sharing best practice with peer Funders in the region.

Working collaboratively with all concerned stakeholders both internally and externally will be absolutely core to this role.

The person:

This successful candidate will have substantial, hands-on experience of managing, assessing and providing investment. This experience could have been gained in the corporate banking or financial services sector or indeed with another funder in the charity or not-for-profit sector. A sound knowledge of utilising financial models, assessing credit and financial reports in addition to managing relationships with stakeholders from a financial investment perspective. This person will be logical, analytical with strong report writing skills and an effective gatherer of information and the ability to interpret it to provide reasoned and effective solutions and decisions. This person will also have strong stakeholder engagement and relationship building experience and will have deal with people navigating the financial investment world, sometimes for the first time. This person will be helpful, diplomatic and decisive with clear and concise communication skills and the ability to appreciate the bigger picture whilst assessing risk and making sound judgements.

This person will be a collaborator and committed to the good work of the Foundation and the very high level of customer service it provides to its donors and its investees across the region. It would be advantageous but not essential for this person to have a working knowledge of Social Investment, Subsidy Control Regulations and a UK driving licence will be useful but again, not essential. This role represents a fabulous opportunity for someone with Financial Investment experience to join a team which is working to improve the lives of people in the Scottish region.

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Philanthropy Fund Advisor

  • Full time
  • £31,000 – £36,000
  • Scotland (Remote Working)
  • Closing 7th December 2022

Foundation Scotland is Scotland's community foundation, helping communities take action, create positive change and deliver lasting impact through transformative funding. Their purpose is to support communities to shape their own future, with the capacity and resources to deliver it. They believe for every community to thrive, it should be resourced to match its vision.

Foundation Scotland is trusted by hundreds of communities across Scotland, and over four hundred donors are supported by their services. More than £150 million has been distributed to charitable organisations, social enterprises, and community groups across Scotland through innovative funding programmes and social investment since the Foundation launched in 1996.

This is a full-time (or 4 days per week), fully remote working position.

The role:

Foundation Scotland's Philanthropy Team supports its donors to bring their philanthropic interests to life. The team work closely with its donors to understand what matters to them and helps them to shape this passion into giving strategies and grants programmes. The team manages many high-volume national grant programmes and a large number of smaller, more focused funds. The team works with a broad range of donors, from individual and family philanthropists looking to impact the cause that means most to them, to corporate organisations looking to give back to the communities that support them. The team help to design and deliver a mix of Foundation Scotland advised funds and donor advised funding. Building strong relationships and enabling donors to make the most impact with their giving is at the heart of what they do.

The role itself will involve providing philanthropy advice to donors, planning approaches, designing grants programmes, programme delivery, devising & implementing decision-making processes, proactively growing engagement, Impact report writing and coordinating external assessor support. Communicating and getting the message out about the work of the Foundation will be an important component of this role, this will entail attending forums and events, representing the Foundation and sharing best practices with peer funders and other charities.

The person:

The successful candidate will have substantial experience in donor management, grant-making, and relationship management in the social sector or similar related environments. They will be practised in donor development, stewardship and communications in the corporate sector or the wider charity sector. This person will have excellent communication skills and nuanced and diplomatic relationship-building skills. Experience of supporting donors, particularly high net worth individuals on philanthropy related issues in addition to developing and tailoring Grants programme plans and monitoring/evaluation procedures. This person will be comfortable assessing financial accounts and will understand the importance of due diligence across the board. Experience in participating in events and forums would be useful as being highly competent in MS Office products and having used SALESFORCE or a similar CRM database.

This person will be a highly organised self-starter, the organisation is completely remote working with regular travel to meet grantees and donors across Scotland so the importance of careful planning and sound time management will be essential. A genuine interest and passion for the good work of Foundation Scotland will be essential to success in this role, connecting with Donors and grantees on a personal basis will be driven by this. Leadership and the ability to mobilise networks and take people with you in achieving goals and high levels of customer service is central to this role. This is a superb opportunity to play an essential role in improving the lives of people and communities in Scotland.

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Community Fund Co-ordinator

  • Part time
  • £32,921 pro-rata
  • Home-based in the Central region (will include travel to some of Fife, Forth Valley, Lanarkshires, Lothians and Eastern Scottish Borders)
  • Closing 13th September 2021

We have an exciting opportunity for a well organised and motivated individual to join our Communities Team, co-ordinating a portfolio of community benefit funds in Central Scotland. Key responsibilities include supporting volunteer Advisory Panels, co-ordinating grant-making and other fund distribution and management activity, and engaging community stakeholders in maximising fund opportunities and impact.

The Communities Team distributes place-based funds coming from a range of sources, notably onshore and offshore wind farms. We provide fund governance, grant administration and related services for a range of commercial and community-sector clients, combined with a commitment to community-led approaches to fund strategy and distribution.

If you have excellent communication skills, practical experience in grant-making or fund management, community facilitation or capacity building then we’re keen to hear from you.

The post may cover parts of Fife, Forth Valley, the Lanarkshires, Lothian and Eastern Scottish Borders.

Foundation Scotland offers a range of staff benefits including Pension Scheme, Life Assurance, 2 days volunteering per year (pro-rata), flexible working options and a progressive pay system.

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Investment Executive

  • Part time
  • £32,921 pro-rata
  • Home based with occasional travel throughout Scotland
  • Closing 20th September 2021

We have an exciting opportunity available for a highly motivated and well organised individual to join our Social Investment team, assessing loan applications and managing a portfolio of existing investees. Key responsibilities include credit assessments, providing written reports, relationship management and supporting the wider organisation with social investment opportunities

The Social Investment Team currently distributes funds from the JESSICA (Scotland) Trust, offering blended grant and loans to social enterprises in central Scotland. We provide support to applicants and our existing clients to enable them to run sustainably and have maximum social impact in their local area. Going forward we are looking to create opportunities to manage other repayable finance products and mainstream this approach within the foundation.

If you have lending experience, with excellent communication skills and the desire to support organisations to develop and succeed then we would be pleased to hear from you.

Foundation Scotland offers a range of staff benefits including Pension Scheme, Life Assurance, 2 days volunteering per year (pro-rata), flexible working options and a progressive pay system.

Links to our Equal Opportunities and Flexible Working Policy can be found here.

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Marketing Executive

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,643
  • Home based
  • Closing 2nd February 2022

This new Marketing Executive role offers an exciting opportunity to join the Marketing & Development Team at Foundation Scotland, Scotland’s community foundation.

The successful applicant will be working closely with the Head of Marketing to drive awareness of the Foundation through digital communications, media relations, marketing materials, advertising, and events.

Currently in a junior marketing role and seeking a new challenge? If you have a love for marketing and are passionate about supporting local communities across Scotland, we'd love to hear from you!

It would be desirable for the candidate to have had experience of working within local communities who Foundation Scotland support. A critical requirement of the role is to interact with these communities and regularly report to the line manager who is based in Scotland. Whilst the role is predominantly home based, travel across Scotland is very likely.

Only applicants who submit a cover letter will be considered.

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Community Fund Adviser

  • Full time
  • £33,942
  • Home-based (South Scotland remit)
  • Closing 1st April 2022

We have an exciting opportunity for a well organised and motivated individual to join our Communities Team, supporting a portfolio of community benefit funds in the South of Scotland.

The Communities Team distributes place-based funds coming from a range of sources, notably onshore and offshore wind farms. The South of Scotland team currently works with communities in Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders, South Ayrshire and East Ayrshire. We provide fund governance, grant administration and related services for a range of commercial clients and community organisations, with a strong commitment to community-led approaches to fund strategy and distribution.

Your key responsibilities would include supporting local fund decision-making bodies with fund strategy and spend, managing day to day grant-making processes, promoting funds, helping to set up new funds, and engaging with a broad range of community stakeholders to maximise funds’ impact.

If you are a relationship-builder with excellent communication skills and practical experience in grant-making and community engagement - then we’re keen to hear from you.

Foundation Scotland offers a range of staff benefits including Pension Scheme, Life Assurance, 2 days volunteering per year (pro-rata), flexible working options and a progressive pay system.

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Community Fund Adviser

  • Full time
  • £33,942
  • Home-based (South Scotland remit)
  • Closing 13th June 2022

We have an exciting opportunity for a well organised and motivated individual to join our Communities Team, supporting a portfolio of community benefit funds in the South of Scotland.

The Communities Team distributes place-based funds coming from a range of sources, notably onshore and offshore wind farms. The South of Scotland team currently works with communities in Dumfries and Galloway, the Borders, South Ayrshire and East Ayrshire. We provide fund governance, grant administration and related services for a range of commercial clients and community organisations, with a strong commitment to community-led approaches to fund strategy and distribution.

Your key responsibilities would include supporting local fund decision-making bodies with fund strategy and spend, managing day to day grant-making processes, promoting funds, helping to set up new funds, and engaging with a broad range of community stakeholders to maximise funds’ impact.

If you are a relationship-builder with excellent communication skills, practical experience in grant administration and an understanding of rural communities - then we’re keen to hear from you. Please note, that while this role is home based, regular travel to meetings across the portfolio area is required.

Foundation Scotland offers a range of staff benefits including Pension Scheme, Life Assurance, 2 days volunteering per year (pro-rata), flexible working options and a progressive pay system.

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Philanthropy Adviser

  • Full time
  • £31,183
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 28th September 2022

Our purpose is to support communities to shape their future with the capacity and resources to deliver it. We believe for every community to thrive, it should be resourced to match its vision and powered by transformative funding. Our ability to combine knowledge, finance and expertise helps them take action, create positive change, and deliver lasting impact in their own communities. As Scotland’s community foundation, we champion this belief.

We are trusted by hundreds of communities across Scotland, and over 400 donors count on our services. More than £150 million has been distributed to charitable organisations, social enterprises, and community groups across Scotland through innovative funding programmes and social investment since the Foundation launched in 1996.

Foundation Scotland is one of 47 community foundations in the UK and part of a global network of over 1800 foundations worldwide, each inspiring change in their communities

The Philanthropy Team

Foundation Scotland’s Philanthropy Team supports our donors to bring their philanthropic interests to life. The team work closely with our donors to understand what matters to them and helps them to shape this passion into giving strategies and grants programmes.

The team manages many high-volume national grant programmes and a large number of smaller, more focused funds. The team works with a broad range of donors, from corporate organisations looking to give back to the communities that support them to individual and family philanthropists looking to impact the cause that means most to them. We help to design and deliver a mix of Foundation Scotland advised funds and donor-advised funding.

Building strong relationships and enabling our donors to make the most significant impact with their giving is at the heart of what we do.

Reporting to the Head of Philanthropy & Quality, the purpose of the role is:

  • To manage and support a portfolio of donors from a range of sources such as high net worth individuals, families, corporate donors, charitable Trusts, and Foundations and programmes in partnership with UK Community Foundations (UKCF)
  • Provide effective philanthropy advice and develop new and increased business through the cultivation and stewardship of on-going relationships. This is achieved by supporting donors to develop their giving strategies, providing grantmaking programmes and effective ways for them to manage their giving in Scotland.
  • Connect with other grantmakers and networks such as the funders’ forums frontline to raise our profile, demonstrate impact and build on learning.

Benefits

  • Life Assurance at 3 times annual salary
  • Defined contribution scheme with 6% Employers contribution
  • MS Office license to use on a personal device whilst employed by FS
  • 35 days annual leave [All public holidays need to be taken from this allowance]
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Working pattern flexibility

Please download the Job Description below for further details about the role.

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