Welcome from hilary croft, chief executive

Dear applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the new Senior Fundraising Manager role with the Felix Project. I hope you are inspired to read of our charity and the work we are doing to improve the lives of some of London’s most vulnerable, as well as tackling food waste.

The Felix Project is a London charity working with food suppliers and charities to reduce food waste and food poverty. We collect food, including high quality fresh produce from food suppliers such as Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, M&S, Paul, Harrods Food Halls and Fortnum & Masons. We deliver this food completely free of charge to charities providing meals to some of the most vulnerable people in London. We currently deliver approximately 2 tonnes of surplus food each day and estimate that this will provide enough for 1 million meals for those in need across London!

The Felix Project gained charitable status in 2016. Since then we have raised approximately £2m from a combination of major donor, corporate and trust & foundation support. We run a lean, entrepreneurial business model, and have exciting plans to grow our operation to cover the whole of London. We currently run two depots; one in Park Royal, West London and in November 2017 we opened our second depot, in Enfield. Our three-year business plan includes the opening of a further depot in early 2019 to increase our reach and impact. Our depots support the local community, and we want to embed our relationships with the communities in which we operate so that everyone sees The Felix Project as their local charity.

Current corporate partners include Fortnum & Mason, Citi Bank and Sainsbury’s, and we are also well connected with major donors and the media. In December 2017 we were the Evening Standard’s Help a Hungry Child Christmas Appeal partner, which has raised over £1m for us and given us huge increased awareness.

We are in a strong financial position from which to build, and it is now time to increase our fundraising capacity. We’re looking for a very high-quality fundraiser; entrepreneurial, astute and passionate about our work. Reporting into me and working with our Trustee board, our Senior Fundraising Manager will come from a background in high value fundraising, which will ideally include experience growing income from major donor and corporate partners. Exposure to trusts and foundations fundraising would be beneficial, and you will need to be able to write compelling funding propositions to a range of audiences. We are ambitious, but we’re all a small charity, so you will need to be comfortable being operational when required. This is certainly not a purely strategic position, so we need someone who loves getting out there, fundraising and meeting donors!

Thank you for considering The Felix Project, and I encourage you to continue through this recruitment site and then get in touch with Peridot Partners, our recruiters, to discuss your suitability for this post.

I hope to meet you at interview stage.

With best wishes,

Hilary Croft

ABOUT The Felix Project

The Felix Project is a charity that works with food suppliers and charities to reduce food waste and food poverty. We collect food from supermarkets, wholesalers and other food suppliers – food that is fresh and nutritious, but cannot be sold for various reasons. We then deliver that food free of charge to a range of charities across London who provide meals, snacks or food parcels for their clients, who include the elderly, the homeless, those with mental health issues, refugees and asylum seekers and families and children. Put simply we're saving food and changing lives. 

Our Impact 

More than 10 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK each year. At the same time food poverty is a huge and growing problem with 1 in 10 children in the UK living with parents who struggle to put food on the table. This means an estimated 870,000 children in England go to bed hungry because their parents are unable to provide the meals they need. 

The Felix Project provides a free door-to-door service to collect surplus food from suppliers, and deliver it to charities. We provide over 1 million meals a year, and our operation is growing rapidly. From a standing start in 2016, we currently work with over 120 charities and 90 suppliers helping disadvantaged adults and children get access to high quality food. 

We are currently  the Evening Standard's Help feed London's hungry children, Christmas Appeal charity partner. The Felix Project was the subject of the Evening Standard's special investigation into food waste and food poverty last year.  The  money raised through this appeal will enable us to deliver a scheme to ensure children don't go hungry and this will be rolled out across 120 schools across the capital over the next two years.  We estimate this will enable us to reach 50,000 children and their families. 

Our volunteers and staff

Operating out of two depots in Enfield and Park Royal, London our dedicated staff and volunteers ensure our operation is running efficiently and effectively, enabling us to  receive and sort food and then distribute it to those that need it. 

As well as a team of committed staff we have over 200 volunteers who play a key part in ensuring our operation runs as effectively as possible. Without our volunteers we could not do what we do and roles range from driving our vans on our regular delivery and collection run, loading and unloading produce and sorting food at our depots. 

Our Goals:

 - Reduce Food Poverty
 - Reduce Food Waste
 - Support Local Charities and Communities

For more information please view the following links:

Help feed London's hungry children: Our Christmas appeal

about the role

Title: Senior Fundraising Manager
Reports to: Chief Executive
Location: Park Royal, West London
Salary: £45,000 - £50,000 pa subject to experience 

The Felix Project is a London charity working with food suppliers and charities to reduce food surplus and food poverty. We collect food from supermarkets, wholesalers and other food suppliers – food that is fresh and nutritious but cannot be sold for various reasons.  We deliver this food free of charge to charities which provide meals, snacks or food parcels to their clients, many of whom are extremely vulnerable and living at the margins of society.

Each week, the ten tonnes food we re-distribute provides meals for over 18,000 Londoners including the elderly, the homeless, people with mental health issues, refugees and asylum seekers and vulnerable families and children. Starting from a single person and one van in March 2016, our West and North London depots now operate at scale. We have 11 vans, 12 full-time staff and 350 volunteers. 

Be inspired

The Felix Project received charitable status in 2016 and have since raised approximately £2 million from a combination of major donor, corporate partners and trusts & foundations. Our profile has been raised significantly by being the Evening Standard’s Help a Hungry Child Christmas Appeal 2017 partner and a volunteering opportunity for Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. We now have a number of excellent opportunities to grow our income further.

To build our capacity and income, we need an entrepreneurial and passionate Senior Fundraising Manager to formalise our processes, maximise our existing funding opportunities and work with our Trustee Board to unlock new support for the charity. You will not be alone in this task, and will have the support of well connected and passionate Trustees who will work with you to grow our charity and increase the number of people we can reach.

Be involved

We’re looking for a passionate fundraiser who thrives in a donor facing role. You will be a strategic thinker, entrepreneurial in nature and hungry for success. You will have a track record in high value fundraising, in particular experience of securing income from HNWIs and corporates, as well as ideally some exposure to trusts and foundations. We’re a small charity so you will need to be a self-starter, with a passion for the work we are doing and an ability to be very hands on with fundraising, including some of the less glamorous elements of building a fundraising team. In return, we offer a competitive remuneration package, flexible working and the opportunity to benefit the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in London. We hope you find that compelling

For an informal conversation regarding this role please contact Simon Callaghan, our recruitment specialist at Peridot Partners on 07702 678658 / simon@peridotpartners.co.uk 

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 12th March 2018.




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