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Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Manager

  • Full time
  • £33,486
  • Hybrid working of home and Edinburgh office
  • Closing 5th June 2022

  • Advertised from 12th May 2022
  • 39 hours


Thistle’s ambition is for a world of inclusion, free of isolation and loneliness - where a health crisis does not mean a life crisis. Working alongside the Head of Fundraising, the Trusts and Foundations Manager will play a crucial role in making this ambition a reality for people in Scotland living with the devastating diagnosis of a long-term health condition.

The main purpose of the role is to secure transformational income from charitable Grants, Trusts, Foundations and statutory bodies to sustain and grow Thistle’s Health and Wellbeing service. You will lead on and develop a funding pipeline, the writing of applications, co-ordinate reporting requirements in addition to liaising with funding partners and other key stakeholders.

If you are an experienced, creative and passionate person who wants to make a positive difference to those we support, staff and others who come into contact with Thistle, then we would love to hear from you.

Who we are

Thistle is a pioneering Scottish charity supporting people with disabilities, long-term health conditions and those facing challenging life situations to live well – on their terms. We focus on the person, not their condition, and tailor our support to their unique hopes.

It is an exciting time to join Thistle as we expand our health and wellbeing service nationally, with fundraising being crucial to achieving this ambition.

About you

Are you passionate about writing impactful funding applications, developing meaningful relationships and making a positive difference to the lives of others?

As Thistle’s Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Manager, you will be responsible for securing ambitious funding targets that will provide vital support to people living with long-term health conditions in Scotland. You will work closely with our service delivery teams, people we support and a variety of stakeholders.

What is most important to us is a passion for people and making a difference, excellent attention to detail, and the enthusiasm and ability to think innovatively and bring new and creative ideas.

If this is something that excites you, then we want to hear from you.

Your main responsibilities

  • Growing income by executing Thistle’s Trusts and Foundations strategy
  • Managing Thistle’s funding pipeline by identifying income generation prospects, securing ambitious funding targets and stewarding existing funders
  • Identifying, researching prospective funders and writing high-level and compelling funding applications
  • Co-ordinating and delivering report submissions
  • Working closely with key stakeholders to deliver successful applications and provide comprehensive reports
  • Working closely with Thistle’s Strategic Leaders, Development team and Health and Wellbeing service to identify and determine funding priorities
  • Attending networking and sector events to generate new opportunities
  • To perform an Ambassadorial role and be the primary contact for stakeholders including Thistle staff, funders and partner organisations
  • Maintaining accurate records on Thistle’s fundraising database

Why work at Thistle?

  • Covid-19 has changed how we live and work. Consequently, our team is moving to a hybrid working arrangement between home and in-person at our Centre of Wellbeing in Edinburgh
  • A lively and supportive culture where you know you are making a difference every day
  • Flexibility to shape your hours in a way that works best for you and the team, working around interests and commitments like childcare, hobbies etc.
  • 35 days of annual leave, inclusive of bank holiday allowance (flexibility to take bank holidays or not)
  • Fantastic paid for training opportunities
  • Award-winning office space in Edinburgh and support for hybrid working

Application notes

For an informal chat about this role, please contact William Oviatt, Head of Fundraising at

To find out more and to apply, please visit our website.

We are accepting CVs and cover letters

The closing date for applications is Sunday 5th June.

Interviews will be held the week commencing Monday 13th June.