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Fundraising Manager

Fundraising Manager

Who we are

Launched at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in 2019 and with more than $50m in unrestricted funds raised to date, the Clean Air Fund is a global philanthropic initiative that works to achieve clean air for all.

The Clean Air Fund makes grants to reduce air pollution – to monitor the state of the air, to develop policies for clean energy and transport, to mobilise the public and to run campaigns. It is well resourced and scaling fast; funded by a growing partnership of leading foundations with interests across health, climate, children and mobility. It brings these and other organisations together to identify and create best practice, to share learnings and connect people, and ensure solutions are rapidly scaled up and replicated around the world.

90% of the world’s population – approximately 6.8 billion people – live in places where the air they breathe is damaging their health. Outdoor air pollution is responsible for 4.2 million deaths worldwide – more than from malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS combined. The causes of climate change are often the same as the causes of air pollution, so tackling air pollution will not just save lives, but can also inject urgency into the climate change agenda. Improving air quality is a win for our planet, as well as its population.


We believe in a world where everyone breathes clean air.

We are a new organisation that is clear on what we offer and what we expect from everyone in the team.

You will be at the heart of efforts to reduce air pollution across the globe, working with an exceptionally high calibre team. You would help shape a growing and ambitious organisation, benefitting from our support and commitment to your learning and career development.

In turn everyone who works with us is expected to share our values – collaborative, dynamic and evidence-informed – and to do their utmost to deliver our strategic objectives according to their role. As we are growing rapidly, comfort with almost continuous change is vital as is the desire to learn, improve and grow with the organisation.

Further information is available on our website


Job Description

The Clean Air Fund has had significant fundraising success in a very short time, raising more than $50m in less than 12 months from seven diverse funders with backgrounds in health, climate, early childhood development and mobility. We are already delivering impact and there is a fantastic platform to build on for someone with a track record in fundraising from philanthropic foundations.


Main purpose of the role

The Fundraising Manager will work with CAF’s senior leadership to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the Clean Air Fund by securing the funds needed for our mission to achieve clean air for all. Our strategy is to identify new donors who can help us scale our existing programmes or extend our work to new geographies, while engaging with existing donors to secure their further support.

You will be responsible for identifying new prospects, building a pipeline and winning 7-to 8- figure grants from global foundations to help us meet our ambitious funding targets. You will be integral to securing continuing support from our current donors and to setting up processes from scratch in a new and rapidly growing organisation.


Position Responsibilities


  • Develop and implement the strategic plan for growing Clean Air Fund’s portfolio of donors among the international foundation and philanthropic community.
  • Working closely with senior leaders internally, identify and build a pipeline of prospects that can contribute significantly to meeting the 2019-2022 fundraising goal of $100 million, and establish an ambitious income stream for the 2023-2026 strategy period.
  • Manage new donor development, from research, identification, cultivation and proposal development through to contract.
  • Support the work of senior leaders to secure the renewal of core unrestricted support from the current foundation donor base.
  • Work with senior leaders to ensure relationships with donors are well-managed
  • Produce high-quality proposals and supporting collateral, work with senior staff in pitch processes, and identify opportunities for existing funders to support new projects
  • Analyse trends in foundation giving, especially but not limited to the climate and clean air arenas, to develop actionable intelligence to assist relationship management and prospect identification.
  • Project manage annual donor reporting and supervise development and management of fit-for-purpose donor tracking.


Contribution to the team

  • Working closely with Communications, Knowledge Management and Strategy, identify materials needed for fundraising and lead on their production, ensuring we present our work in clear, credible and compelling ways
  • Work closely with the Private Sector Engagement lead, the Development Agencies Manager and other relevant staff to present a consistent message to external partners on our mission, our programmes, our values and the opportunity to work with us to achieve clean air.


The successful candidate will demonstrate the majority of the points below:

Experience and skills

  • Demonstrable track record in securing high-value grants from global foundations and trusts in a target-driven environment.
  • Self-motivated and entrepreneurial, confident in making approaches to and communicating with senior funders and philanthropists.
  • Excellent knowledge of fundraising regulations and best practice.
  • Highly skilled communicator with the ability to quickly assimilate complex information and package programme work into comprehensible and accessible pitches.
  • Adept at managing projects, highly organised, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines to meet agreed objectives.
  • Ability to represent the Clean Air Fund credibly with range of audiences, including senior donors and grantee partners.
  • Experience of health, environment or climate sector fundraising is desirable



  • A do-er. Dynamic, able to work at pace and respond to opportunities
  • Happy to work autonomously and with an instinctive pragmatic and problem-solving approach
  • Comfortable using own initiative and creativity to achieve desired outcomes
  • Strong written and verbal communicator with the ability to adjust their style to changing contexts
  • Collaborative with strong interpersonal skills, quick to build relationships
  • A good judge of people and politically astute
  • Thorough, with excellent attention to detail, supremely organised, as well as the ability to see the “big picture”


Further Information

  • Based in London, with working from home flexibility
  • Salary is £50,000 – £65,000 per annum and benefits
  • This is a full-time position, or for an outstanding candidate could be considered at 0.8 FTE
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK; we will not be able to support work visa applications.
  • The closing date for application is 9am 17th May 2021
  • First round interviews will take place on 26th/27th May 2021
  • Second round interviews will take place 15th June 2021


If you would like to apply for this position please email your CV and Cover Letter to