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Fundraising Officer

  • Full time
  • £21,294
  • 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 as part of Thistle’s Development team, the Fundraising Officer 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 deliver high quality, responsive fundraising support across all fundraising income streams – including donor communications, data entry and analysis and reporting – to Thistle’s Development Team. Working as part of a team, you will have a dedicated workload including third party and supporter-led fundraising events alongside shared responsibilities.

If you feel you can be a positive contact point for Thistle, ensuring the provision of an effective, efficient and friendly service to those we support, staff and others who come into contact with Thistle, then we would love to hear from you.

Who we are

We are 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

As Thistle’s Fundraising Officer, you will be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of our income streams. This will involve things like gift processing, making Gift Aid claims, reporting on fundraising data, managing existing fundraising relationships and sourcing new opportunities to generate income in the community.

You will also be responsible for Thistle’s community and third party fundraising, which will bring you into contact with our amazing supporters. This role also comes with the potential for future development opportunities in this area of fundraising.

At Thistle, we encourage people to follow their interests; we are a supportive bunch with a development and training budget to match, so even if you don’t yet hold all the skills we’re looking for we’d love for you to apply anyway. What’s 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.

Your main responsibilities

  • Processing donations, counting cash income, recording gifts, regular income reporting
  • Data entry of accurate, up-to-date supporter information, tracking and recording all contact with donors, and ensuring that data protection regulations and standards are met
  • Producing financial and statistical analysis for team members and senior leadership
  • Being a positive point of contact for people engaging with Thistle, including supporters, staff, and people we support via email and phone (or in-person)
  • Acknowledging donations promptly and keeping supporters engaged and informed through friendly and professional stewardship, including letters, cards, emails and phone calls
  • Working to improve donor retention and understand attrition rates e.g. delivering supporter surveys and speaking with donors to understand their motivations for support
  • Identifying and securing opportunities for income generation including third party events, supporter-led activity and relationships with community and corporate groups
  • Supporting fundraising activity through digital channels, including virtual and in-person events
  • Working with and supporting Thistle fundraisers with their fundraising activity
  • Responsible for fundraising materials such as t-shirts, collection cans and other materials, liaising with supporters, volunteers and suppliers as necessary
  • Supporting fundraising appeals, campaigns and other tasks as required

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.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 5th June.

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