Position Identification

Position Title:  Community Fundraiser
Organisation:  Islamic Relief South Africa
Location:   Cape Town, South Africa
Reports to:   HOD Fund Development
Line Management Responsibilities: None

Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA) is an independently registered NGO affiliated to Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), the world’s largest, independent Muslim humanitarian organisation. Islamic Relief’s mission is to help the poor and those in need regardless of race, colour, political affiliation, gender or belief to live sustainable, self-reliant lives within safe and caring communities.

Purpose of Department

To develop and implement strategies to increase the funding income of Islamic Relief
through a range of fundraising initiatives and through acquisition and retention of donors,volunteers and supporters.

Purpose of Position

To develop, implement and manage a portfolio of HNWI and associated budgets, contributing towards the achievement of fundraising & field programme objectives and targets.

Key Interfaces

  • Works closely with Regional Fundraising Co-ordinator, Head of Fund Development, Chief Executive Officer, National Donor Care, and Orphans Co-Ordinator and the wider Fund Development team.
  • Works closely with Finance, Communications teams
  • Liaises at all levels within the organization
  • Reports to HOD Fund Development

Scope and Authority:

  • Develops and manages effective relationships with key external stakeholders,including HNWI, trusts and other major donors; utilising effective fundraising mechanisms in order to reach an agreed annual income target.
  • Develops yearly operational plans for the area of work, supported by objectives needed to achieve agreed income targets
  • Contributes to fundraising and wider team strategy and planning.
  • Research and develop new fundraising ideas and income streams.

Key Accountabilities

The job holder is accountable for fulfilling his or her roles and responsibilities in line with Islamic values and principles of fairness, humanity, honesty, respect and fair treatment of his/her colleagues and staff. The following are the main responsibilities that the role holder will be accountable for:
Strategy and Planning:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of budgets, annual work and project plans for each strategy.
  • Develop strategies for all forms of Major Gifts Fundraising/Planned Giving e.g. High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI), corporate, organisations, legacies, trusts, foundations
  • Design, implement and direct fundraising initiatives, including individualised cultivation, solicitation and recognition strategies.
  • Explore and develop new relationships and partnerships with the goal to widening the community outreach and increasing the number of new donors.

2. Fundraising management

  • Manage a portfolio of HNWI and prospects with the propensity to give large gifts ensuring that all donors receive the highest possible care.
  • To instigate, maintain and nurture new relationships within South Africa developing effective stewardship plans for managing these relationships and to secure and maintain long-term funding.
  • Manage the relationship with key strategic external stakeholders and corporates.
  • Accompany selected donors on overseas trips to visit Islamic Relief’s work in the field to increase the donors’ emotional engagement with the cause.
  • Attend networking events and build contacts within the environment of major donors
  • Create networks of HNW supporters across region that can deliver benefits for Islamic Relief, including income, increasing profile and engagement.
  • Manage the stakeholder relationships by holding regular meetings, providing feedback on donations and exploring what Islamic Relief can offer them
  • Organizing Masjid collections (Jumuah/Taraweeh) for campaigns and creating brand awareness
  • Distribute material for specific campaigns at mosques and shops
  • Meet Fundraising targets and ensure ROI is met
  • Utilise personal and social media platforms to promote Islamic Relief messaging, campaigns, activities and appeals.
  • Support regional / national events and collaborate with regional events co-ordinator
  • Liaise and hold regular volunteer meetings as well as increase the volunteer database

3. Islamic Relief:

  • Maintain full accurate knowledge of IR and gain support for international development and humanitarian work by raising awareness for their mission, vision and values.
  • Understand and communicate persuasively Islamic Relief’s work to prospective donors through targeted funding applications, pitches, presentations and all other means.
  • Negotiate high profile and sensitive agreements related to area of work.
  • Represent the organisation at internal/external events as required.
  • To develop and implement systems to facilitate good communication of fundraising
    information between regional staff, liaising with the Donor Care team.

4. Research and Analysis:

  • Research current trends in charitable giving, particularly major gifts.
  • Seek advice and involvement of donors for lead generation and encourage peer to peer fundraising.
  • Identify, research and evaluate prospective donors.
  • In collaboration with IR’s programmes team, identify projects in need of support that match with donor interests and funding requirements.
  • Oversee the preparation of timely narrative and financial reports for donors on the outcomes of work funded and in accordance with the donors’ reporting requirements.
  • Monitor, reforecast and report on major gift performance against plans and budgets.

5. Information Management:

  • Ensure all relevant processes are documented and recorded by the fundraising management team.
  • Oversee the major gift part of the donor database, prospect management system and to document major gift activities.
  • Identifying major donors, creating and maintaining contact lists.
  • Participate in departmental and interdepartmental meetings.

General Duties of Islamic Relief Staff Member

  • Contribute to the effective and efficient running of Islamic Relief as appropriate
  • Participate, as appropriate, in Staff forums and Meetings
  • Adhere to Islamic Relief’s Policies and Procedures
  • Represent Islamic Relief to the wider community as appropriate
  • Treat all colleagues, volunteers and members of the public with dignity and work within and adhere to Islamic Relief’s equal opportunities statement and polices.
  • Ensure professionalism and credibility at all times
  • Any other tasks deemed appropriate by manager within the scope of the role

Educational Qualification:

  • Tertiary qualification/s in relevant & related discipline
  • Significant voluntary or professional fundraising experience

Skills & Knowledge Required

It is essential that the post holder shows a good understanding and empathy with the Islamic Values and principles as well as commitment to IRSA’s vision and mission.
Essential criteria

  • Knowledge of a wide range of fundraising mechanisms is essential, including CRM,sponsorship, brand association and employee fundraising.
  • Creative and lateral thinker with an innovative and strategic approach to attracting new business.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Proven ability to communicate and build relationships with a wide range of internal and external contacts at all levels.
  • Highly developed negotiation skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills – the ability to present Islamic Relief’s work professionally to senior managers in the corporate sector.
  • High level of commercial awareness and professionalism with a confident and positive attitude.
  • Capable of interacting and engaging with a wide range of people and adapting personal style to suit circumstances.
  • Effective time management skills – adept at handling multiple priorities and tight deadlines.
  • Proven experience of achieving challenging targets.
  • Experience of using databases to identify prospective donors.
  • Experience using research to build donor profiles.
  • Work flexibly to support section priorities and to maximise opportunities
  • Able to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Use information technology systems and packages within a work environment that will assist with this role.
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Willingness to be flexible about hours and location of work in order to accommodate events, functions and work activity. The role requires travel throughout South Africa, late nights and overnight stays.

Key Islamic Relief Qualities Required

  • It is essential that the post holder shows a good understanding and sympathy with Islamic
    values and principles as well as commitment to IR’s vision and mission as per below:

    Our actions in tackling poverty are marked by excellence in our
operations and conduct which are deserving of the people we serve.
    In responding to poverty and suffering our efforts are driven by
sincerity to God and the need to fulfil our obligations to humanity
    Our work is founded on enabling people and institutions to fulfil the rights of the poor and vulnerable. We work to empower the dispossessed towards realising their God-given human potential and developing their capabilities and resources.
    We believe the protection and well-being of every life is of
paramount importance and we shall join with other humanitarian actors to act as one
in responding to suffering brought on by disasters, poverty and injustice.
    We uphold our duty of custodianship over the earth, its
resources and the trust people place in us as humanitarian and development practitioners to be transparent and accountable.

Closing date: COB 3rd May 2021

Please forward a copy of the completed application form (Download form), 1 page motivational letter and your CV along with a certified copy of your ID to recruitment@islamic-relief.org.za before the COB 3rd May 2021.

Dearest applicant, kindly consider the following:

If the requirements of the application as above, is not met, we will consider the application as incomplete and this will therefore not be accepted.

Please note that if you do not hear from us by 7th May 2021, consider your application unsuccessful.
Over and above operational requirements Islamic Relief South Africa will take into account the country’s and organisational employment equity imperatives.

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