The Community Foundation for Ireland: Philanthropy Advisor

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The Community Foundation for Ireland

Job Title: Philanthropy Advisor

Job Purpose: Permanent job (following probationary period), 5 days per week

Reporting to: Head of Development

Job Location: Phibsborough Tower, Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7

Application Closing Date: November 29th 2019

Start Date: As soon as possible

About us

The Community Foundation for Ireland believes in a fair, caring and vibrant Ireland for now and the future. We work with individuals, families, corporates and other trusts and foundations to translate giving in the moment to giving that is strategic and impactful. We respond to Ireland’s complex needs by building deep relationships with non-profit organisations working at the coal face. We build partnerships with relevant stakeholders, including key networks and professional advisers. Having just achieved the milestone of distributing €50m in grants since our establishment in 2000, The Community Foundation for Ireland is poised for significant growth in line with an emerging interest in philanthropy in Ireland. This year working with our donors, we will give out over €8 million to communities in Ireland and abroad. With over 1,800 community foundations globally, the community foundation model is a proven and effective model for social change.

The opportunity

We are looking for a dynamic individual with business development experience and a proven track record in achieving results to support the Head of Development in implementing the development and fundraising strategy of The Community Foundation for Ireland. This is a full time role based at our offices in Phibsborough. Working as part of a small and committed team, you will be at the forefront of engaging a range of new donors to the Foundation, securing income against targets and raising the profile of our work.

Primary Responsibilities

Identify and secure new income against targets from a portfolio of existing donors and new prospects.

  • To increase the number and range of Community Foundation for Ireland fund holders with a particular focus on prospect management and developing new relationships
  • To develop and deliver tailored solicitations and stewardship plans
  • To personally secure donations from prospects and donors, working with colleagues and the Board, as required
  • To liaise with existing fund holders to optimise their philanthropy
  • To develop and implement a campaign in relation to legacy giving with a particular focus on The Community Foundation for Ireland’s donor base and its thematic funds (including the Women’s Fund, the Environment and Nature Fund, the Older Persons’ Fund and the Infant Health and Wellbeing Fund)


  • To assist in developing formal and informal linkages with professional advisers
  • To manage Donor Advised Funds as may arise from time to time ;
  • Other such duties as may be required.


  • Business development background – a proven track record in wealth management and/or soliciting and securing donations from individuals or companies
  • Experience of networking and creating and managing key relationships; ideally with private clients or philanthropic donors
  • Over 10 years’ experience in a business development role or similar role;
  • Financial literacy, with experience of managing budgets.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications and knowledge of database management
  • Knowledge of the community sector is preferred but not essential

Key Competencies Required

  • Relationship building, networking and service excellence (including creativity in building engagement with donors and potential donors and representing the organisation confidently to relevant stakeholders)
  • Communication and influencing (including giving clear presentations at senior stakeholder level and building an awareness of the work of The Foundation and its impact outside of the organisation & identifying partnership opportunities to build capacity)
  • Planning and results orientation (devising comprehensive plans which deliver on specific objectives outlined in strategic plans and reflect donors’ needs)
  • Leadership, creates learning and knowledge sharing opportunities for others as part of everyday operations


  • This role will require flexibility and ability to work within a small team.

To Apply

Please send your CV with a Cover Letter outlining your motivations for applying, to Therese Donovan ( The closing date for receiving applications is Friday 6th December.

The Community Foundation for Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and promotes a policy of continuous personal and professional development among its staff. The Community Foundation for Ireland has a policy of interviewing candidates with disabilities who meet the essential criteria. We have received the highest accreditation in the Excellence Through People programme.

For more information about The Community Foundation for Ireland, visit


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