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Trusts and Foundations Specialist

Cause Recruitment
  • Full time 12-month maternity leave contract position, immediate start available!
  • Outstanding opportunity to join a passionate and high performing team
  • Parking on site with flexible approach to working
  • Opportunity to further develop trusts and foundations portfolio for an exceptional team


Our client is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering Australian people who are impacted by dementia.

Established in Australia more than 35 years ago, this inspirational organisation serves as the national peak body for people impacted by this disease and provides information, education and support services to those in need. It advocates for positive change now and supports vital research for the future.


Due to maternity leave within the team, our client requires a full-time Trusts and Foundations Specialist to prepare and coordinate applications for funding, supporting all aspects of philanthropic trusts and foundations, and will be responsible for initiating and developing relationships with trustees, and matching needs with funding.

Reporting to the Philanthropy Team Leader, you will assist with maintaining an up to date program, administrating records and developing a pipeline of prospective and existing support for philanthropic giving.

This is an excellent opportunity to use and build on your strong writing, fundraising and organisational skills working with an intelligent, driven, and passionate team that is committed to achieving its goals.


  • Conduct necessary research, identify potential prospects and ensure proposals are appropriately targeted.
  • Work with service delivery staff to gather timely, accurate and compelling information to inform proposals.
  • Develop and write high-quality submissions for funding to meet set targets and objectives.
  • Work with the philanthropy team to align opportunities to agreed strategic priorities.
  • Accurately track and record past, current and future opportunities via a grants calendar (knowledge of GEM portal is an advantage).
  • Develop acquisition and retention strategies for trusts and foundations <$50,000.
  • Nurture relationships with past, current and potential funders.
  • Provide monthly reports to the Philanthropy Team Leader.
  • Plan work and prioritise in order to achieve targets and administer program effectively and accurately.
  • Provide support to the broader team where required.
  • Set high standards and report against budgets.


  • Demonstrated success in grant writing or equivalent experience.
  • Strong knowledge of fundraising with reference to trusts and foundations.
  • Superior written (editing or publishing) and organisational skills.
  • Strong research skills with excellent time management and ability to work to deadlines.
  • Highly developed administrative capabilities and excellent customer service skills.
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop trust and maintain effective working relationships.
  • A driver’s license is preferred due to the nature of the role but not essential.


The team are supportive, extremely hardworking and fun. They are passionate and driven to reach fundraising targets, so that they can continue to grow and deliver the much-needed services and research they provide to Australians suffering from this fatal disease.

If you possess the highest standards of professionalism and are passionate about using your grant writing and organisational skills with a genuine interest in making a difference, we want to hear from you!

Don’t delay, due to the urgency of this role we encourage early applications. For a confidential discussion please call 0448 519 121 or email Christina@causerecruitment.com.au using the subject line: Trusts and Foundations Specialist enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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