Head of Public Fundraising

Do you want to work for an organisation that believes that prevention is fundamental to effectively addressing the mental health crisis? If so, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is recruiting for: a Head of Public Fundraising reporting to the Director of Fundraising and communications to support our Individual Giving, Events and Community teams.
Salary: starting salary £48,000 rising to £54,000 (+£1,642.50 London weighting)
The vision of the Mental Health Foundation is good mental health for all. We work to  prevent mental health problems, driving change towards a mentally healthy society for all, and support communities, families and individuals to live mentally healthier lives, with a particular focus on those at greatest risk. The Foundation is the home of Mental Health Awareness Week. We have pioneered change for over 70 years and are not afraid to challenge the status quo. Come join us!
Joining us as the Head of Public Fundraising, you will provide strategic lead to the Individual Giving, Events and Community, Database and Supporter Services activities, including Legacies & in memoriam to achieve the mission, value and strategic objectives. This will involve managing the overall Individual Giving and Events & Community programmes to innovate, engage and develop supporters, establishing future and sustainable income streams, through leading, shaping and managing teams to deliver multi-channel programmes.
The Public Fundraising Team raises £6.5m million income per year for MHF with a budget of £1.3m - this role will contribute to the overall success of our key strategic aim ‘Building a strong Foundation’.
What does the role involve? 
• Lead on the planning and implementation of strategies that enable MHF to build long-term sustainable income by managing and developing relationships with individual supporters. Using a range of fundraising channels and approaches.
• Responsible for ensuring efficient and accurate management of data and supporter care function.
• Providing management and leadership across Public Fundraising Team (PFT), ensuring fundraising objectives and targets are achieved, and that all project management, budgetary and planning expectations are met. Building on cross-organisation working including Trustees, the CEO and Directors to ensure that long-term developmental opportunities are maximised.
What are we looking for?
• Evidence of effective working knowledge and development of strategies for individual giving and community fundraising across two or more of the following areas; legacy marketing, regular giving, cash appeals, donor acquisition, online giving, retention, supporter care, challenge events and community fundraising.
• Experience at senior level of working collaboratively with colleagues in Programmes, Research & Policy and Communications to identify the work and stories most likely to be valuable to our fundraising approaches and to ensure that this is gathered and communicated effectively to supporters and potential donors.
• Proven leader with demonstrated experience using a coaching and collaborative approach to managing teams and stakeholders. 
Why should you join our Mental Health Foundation? 
• 25 days excluding bank holidays, rising to 27 after 5 years of service
• Generous non-contributory pension plan, up to 10% employer contribution 
• Various flexible working options 
• Enhanced Maternity pay
• Season Ticket Loan
• Cycle to work scheme
MHF is fully committed to safeguarding all. Please note that all our roles require a DBS check. 
We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post.  In order to apply for this post, you must demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.  
How to apply:
Please send your application form to vacancies@mentalhealth.org.uk with a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. Please note that all sections of this form should be completed as CVs will not be accepted. Applications will close at 11:45pm on 16th August 2020. Interviews are planned for 1st – 3rd September 2020. 
Diversity is valued at the Foundation and is important in the work that we do. Applications from all sections of the community are welcome and will be considered on merit. Should you have a disability and require any additional support or if you have any questions regarding the above role, please contact us at vacancies@mentalhealth.org.uk 
Due to Covid-19 and until further notice, we are currently operating digital recruitment and on-boarding processes. The successful candidate may be required to work from home until such time as our offices re-open. We are open to consider flexible working and we are currently working on a proposal, based on staff consultation, about how a return to the office, planned for September, could look like. This may include having a blend of working in the office and working from home, to allow for social distancing to be put in place, as well as supporting staff wellbeing in longer term.

Equal opportunities information

As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sections of the community, whatever your background.

We value each and every person in our team and are very good at working with people. Our workforce is made up of talented individuals from all sections of the community and we are committed to providing a working environment that encourages, and is supportive of, workers with mental health problems. We therefore welcome applications from anyone with personal experience of mental distress or learning disabilities, and positively encourage people with experience of using mental health services to apply.

We believe the way in which we effectively work together will enable our charity to fulfil its mission.

This commitment to equality and diversity means that we benefit from the widest range of experience and talent, and are fully representative of the world in which we live. We aim to create a working environment in which everyone is treated in a non-discriminatory manner.

Recruitment agencies may be employed as appropriate. We ensure that all such agencies operate an equal opportunities policy comparable to that used by us.

Benefits of working for us

The Mental Health Foundation is a great place to work and offers generous benefits.

All our members of staff are entitled to the following benefits. Please note that some of the benefits are available after a qualifying probation period.


We consider it important to encourage people to save for their retirement and therefore we provide staff (after successful completion of a probation period) with a 10% pension contribution paid into an Age on Personal Pension. Contributions can be invested in a variety of funds according to your investment preference, or alternatively a default fund is available. Staff will also receive death in service life cover at four times salary.

Annual leave

Staff receive 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays.

Maternity/parental leave

Enhanced maternity/parenthood leave entitlements are in place, including extended maternity leave and benefits. Available after a qualifying period.

Flexible working/work life balance

The right to request flexible working is available to all employees. There are a number of different flexible working arrangements available throughout the organisation, which can be arranged by mutual consent.


We are required to make statutory sickness payments (SSP) where staff qualify. We also have our own sick pay scheme, including full pay for a period subject to certain conditions.

Employee Assistance Service

At times staff members may face and need help with a variety of issues throughout their lives. As part of our commitment to staff members we provide a 24/7 independent and confidential counselling and information telephone service, free of charge. Support is available on a range of issues including legal, financial, emotional, health issues and work-related concerns.

Season ticket loan

Interest free loans are available to purchase season tickets for the journey between home and work.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work scheme is a UK Government tax exemption initiative introduced in the Finance Act 1999 to promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution. It allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists' safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit.

Through the scheme, employees will be able to purchase a bike of a value of up to £1,111, repaid over 18 months through deductions from your gross monthly salary. The loan will be interest free and the benefit will be offered after successful completion of the probationary period.