Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

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Working for Born Free

The Born Free Foundation employs a wide variety of staff with a range of expertise.  Our dynamic campaigns and conservation staff are hard at work taking action for animals in need, but they are supported by colleagues with extensive experience in administration, finance, marketing and PR. 

Our administration and finance departments provide membership support and process donations.  Our marketing team provide supporters with donor development support, and works with business friends and sponsors.  Our PR team ensures our work to help animals receives extensive coverage in local, national and international press.

The Foundation is an equal opportunities employer.

Fundraising Manager Born Free

Born Free, the internationally renowned animal welfare and wildlife conservation organisation, is seeking to recruit a Fundraising Manager to manage its revenue generating operations, based at our Head Office in Horsham, West Sussex. 

Reporting to the Head of Marketing & Fundraising, and working as part of a busy and dynamic team, this is a full time role and an exciting opportunity to work in one of the fastest growing international wildlife charities, with a recognised and high profile brand and media presence. Born Free is dedicated to stop animal suffering and to conserve animals in the wild; it has a wide portfolio of projects dealing with some of the worlds most endangered species.

Responsible for developing and delivering a strategic fundraising plan designed to increase income and meet the fundraising budgets, the Fundraising Manager will help drive the organisations individual giving streams including adoptions, cash appeals, general donations, online donations, regular giving, raffles, merchandise and legacy. 

This role is responsible for managing the fundraising team of three, working across the organisation to develop targeted campaigns aimed at increasing supporter acquisition and retention.  The successful candidate will be a good and enthusiastic team player with well-developed people skills, with the ability to prioritise and organise whilst working under pressure and to deadlines.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • To work with the Head of Marketing & Fundraising to develop and deliver a fundraising strategy for increasing income across all individual giving streams.
  • To develop individual strategies against each separate income stream, including adoptions, donations, appeals, regular gifts, merchandise and raffles.
  • To effectively line manage and motivate the fundraising team to achieve the organisations individual giving targets.
  • To prepare income and expenditure reports for each individual giving activity, and interpret the data to measure effectiveness and return on investment.
  • To work with colleagues within communications and marketing to produce strong and compelling fundraising materials for a wide range of media.
  • To explore and test individual giving income streams to deliver targeted campaigns to increase supporter retention and supporter acquisition.
  • To develop and deliver a long-term Legacy strategy, improving outreach to Born Free supporters and the wider public.
  • To lead on the development and delivery of a mid-level donor programme.


  • Minimum 2 years’ experience within fundraising.
  • Knowledge of developing and implementing fundraising strategies.
  • The ability to line-manage a small team, providing support and development opportunities.
  • Knowledge of budgets and experience of performance reporting.
  • Ability to work across teams and departments in a collaborative manner and to proactively engage colleagues on projects and initiatives
  • Knowledge of developing legacy strategies.
  • Exception written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills, especially Microsoft.
  • Advanced knowledge in CRM systems, preferably Raiser’s Edge.
  • Up to date knowledge on data protection and fundraising practices, including codes of practice and gift aid.

This is a full time role with a salary of £28,000.00 per annum (negotiable depending on experience).  Applicants must be UK residents or be legally permitted to work in the UK.  Curriculum Vitae with a covering letter should be forwarded to:

The Operations Manager
The Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus
Langhurstwood Road
West Sussex
RH12 4QP

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The closing date for applications is 8th September 2017.

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Are you passionate about wildlife, keen for an African adventure and looking for experience to enhance your CV?  Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is looking for a web editor to join the communications team for 2 to 3 months on an internship basis, starting September or early October. Besides working from the head office, you can also spend 2 days a week time working at the Wildlife Centre so you will also have the opportunity to experience the rescue and rehabilitation work on the ground.  What’s more, you will be working closely with the enforcement team on serious wildlife crime cases, making this a fabulous learning experience for any candidate looking to expand their knowledge of the sector.

Responsibilities will include work on the blog, news and photo archives, writing new content and articles and tidying up the website and improving SEO. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, have bags of enthusiasm and great attention to detail and prepared to put in the hours.  They will be an excellent writer and have some previous experience of web editing.  Writing is more important than coding (the website is in Wordpress, so easy to work with), and we are happy to provide on-the-job training, but the more skills you have in this area the more value you will add.

Interns should be available for a minimum of 2 months starting in September/October and there may be an opportunity to extend. The position is open to both international and Malawi-based applicants.  Dorm accommodation at the wildlife sanctuary, airport transfers and food is provided. Flights and insurance are the responsibility of the applicant.  Note that it may be possible for the internship to be done remotely, with management provided over Skype.

You can download the application form here, or email for a copy.  The application should be sent to by Friday 18th August, along with your CV and any supporting materials.  We shall be in touch with all applicants by Friday 25th August.


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Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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