Corporate, Trust & Foundation Coordinator

Fundraising London, London


Position Description

Location London

Position Status Full-time, Permanent

Salary Level Competitive and commensurate with  experience

Reporting to Corporate, Trust & Foundation Manager

Travel Up to 10%

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organisation powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In conflict, in disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

Mercy Corps Europe (MCE) has grown rapidly in terms of volume of activity and complexity. With offices in Edinburgh, London and Geneva, we now attract over £90m in income, and employ around 100 domestic and expatriate field team members. The breadth and impact of our programmes makes Mercy Corps a unique and truly rewarding place to work. Our teams are proud of what we achieve in the field and we are always looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment. 

The Role

Mercy Corps  is known for  their innovative  approach to complex  problems and their successes  have been recognised through increased funding from a myriad of sources across the world. No more is this evident then the growth of Mercy Corps Europe.

The next challenge is to build on their success to further raise the profile of the organisation and increase the funding base through relationships with trusts, foundations and strategically influential corporations in the UK and continental Europe.   The high growth strategy means that Mercy Corps is seeking a dynamic and creative corporate, trust and foundation coordinator who can capture the imagination of a variety of donors to help support, initiate and maintain mutually advantageous relationships for the agency and our programming worldwide.

The fundraising and partnerships team play a key role in generating income and raising the profile of Mercy Corps Europe. The team consists of closely linked income streams and the Corporate, Trust and Foundation Coordinator will support the Corporate, Trust and Foundations Manager and the rest of the strategic partnerships team to raise funds for Mercy  Corps’ global work. Based in London, this role will focus on cultivating, researching, stewarding and supporting the relationship management of corporate, trust and foundation partners.

You will not only have the right experience on paper but also the right personal 'fit' - you will live and breathe our culture and values, with a visible passion for the work we do and a desire to be part of our story.  

Essential Job Responsibilities

Research & Proposals:

  • To  prepare  briefing notes  and assist colleagues  to research and compile  information on Mercy Corps programmes
  • Assist in the writing and delivery of compelling proposals and presentations to secure support and build partnerships
  • To help ensure proposals conform to template and that they are written in an appropriate way for the audience.
  • To  be responsible  for the identification and cultivation of  prospective corporate, trust and foundation partners
  • To provide regular updates to the partnerships team on most recent news within the sector
  • Develop and manage the portfolio of corporate,  trusts and foundations contacts and organisations ensuring accurate and up to date information and moves management is recorded on Raisers Edge
  • To manage the process of due diligence checks on all current and potential corporate, trusts and foundation donors, in accordance with approved Mercy Corps’ Due diligence policy

Relationship Management & Stewardship:

  • Provide support in the account management of some of MCE’s existing partnerships
  • Assist with the onward stewardship of selected donors in agreement with the corporate, trust and foundation manager
  • Identify, build and secure opportunities to increase income and donor base
  • Work with colleagues in the UK, the Hague as well as at our Global HQ and with colleagues and partners in the field to develop new programs and build long term, productive relationships


  • To develop timely  reports for Corporate, Trust and Foundation donors, tailoring reports by area of support and donor type and work with the MCE programmes and finance teams to ensure they are accurate
  • Utilise  Mercy Corps’  fundraising database  as a relationship management  tool to record, monitor and report  on existing partnerships, new fundraising opportunities, and update records for individuals and companies.
Organisational Learning
  • As part of our commitment to organisational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organisations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries
  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
    to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Degree level  in a relevant discipline
  • Experience within a fundraising environment, ideally in the Corporate, Trust and Foundations market
  • Excellent writing skills and experience of proposal and report writing for a corporate, trust and foundations audience, and the ability to write accurately and persuasively and to develop a variety of high quality, well-written funding proposals and donor communications.
  • Experience  in conducting  desk research, with  excellent written and  verbal communication skills  and excellent attention to detail.
  • IT  literate  with good  knowledge of  Microsoft Office  and databases.
  • Experience  of using/managing  relationship databases ideally Raiser’s Edge would be advantageous
  • The confidence to work independently and ability to develop relationships
  • Experience representing an organisation and its interests to a diverse range of actors.

Success Factors

  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.

  • Systematic, with a strong eye for detail.
  • Can work quickly, accurately and to deadlines.
  • Able to build and maintain effective internal and external relationships.

  • Strong team worker and communicator.  

  • Able to cope with changing priorities, often at short notice, and work well under pressure.

  • Proactive and solutions-based attitude.

  • High levels of motivation, professionalism and resilience.

  • An exposure to and interest in international development issues is important, along with an empathy for MC's mission.

The position is based in London and may involve occasional national and international travel.

MCE team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a short term assignment or trip to country offices. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all Mercy Corps locations.

Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision.  Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK at the time of appointment.

Applications should be submitted by CV and cover letter no later than Friday 5th April 2019.  For more information and to apply, please see the role on our careers site.