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Fundraising Manager

Fighting Chance

About Fighting Chance:

Fighting Chance designs, builds and scales social enterprises which move the dial for Australians with disability and their family. We work to identify the challenges, hurdles and barriers faced by people with disability in their everyday lives and then design and build sustainable social enterprise businesses to bridge these gaps.

Our mission is to ask ‘WHAT IF?’, to see the world as it isn’t yet, to image a future quite different to the present. And then to make it happen!

About the role:

The Fundraising Manager is a broad role including grants management and administration, overseeing Fighting Chance’s major fundraising and community-building events, and overseeing the management of fundraising administration. The focus of this position will be:

  • Grants Management and Applications (60%)
  • Fundraising and Community Events (20%)
  • Fundraising Administration and Support (20%)

You will be responsible for:

Grants Management and Applications

Manage the grants program securing significant funding (approx. $500k annually) through grants and philanthropy, including:

  • Work closely with Fighting Chance’s enterprises to understand the priorities for funding.
  • Research, prepare and write compelling grant applications and applications of other types (awards, in-kind etc.)
  • Proactive monitoring and evaluation of the grants and awards landscape to identify opportunities.
  • Manage a detailed, prioritised calendar to ensure an adequate pipeline of applications, and delegate to contributors as required.
  • Professionally and warmly develop stakeholders relationships with a range of grantors and potential partners.
  • Effectively manage all grant reporting requirements.
  • Oversee all other aspects of grant administration including maintaining procedures, and keeping our database up to date.

Fundraising and Community Events

Project manage and oversee a range of Fighting Chance events, including the bi-annual Fighting Chance Community Gala (a 400+ engagement event for key stakeholders including funders, participants and their families, and staff) and other major community-building events.

  • Responsible for strategising and leading Fighting Chance’s annual events calendar, including annual dinner.
  • Coordinate an annual stakeholders event focussed on the release of our Annual Report and Impact stats.
  • Coordinate key stakeholder/opening events for new hub locations.
  • Coordinate a range of other engagement and stewardship events to support the fundraising program.
  • Responsibility across all events for budget and planning, creative direction and theming, managing supplier relationships, fundraising initiatives (if applicable), volunteer coordination (if applicable), and all event day logistics.

Fundraising Administration and Support

Lead and work closely with an administrative assistant to undertake a wide range of support functions to underpin the successful operation of Fighting Chance’s grants, fundraising and events activities, including:

  • Manage the fundraising database, including development and maintenance of policies and procedures, processing donations, issuing receipts, and updating donor information.
  • Support a range of community fundraisers to deliver high-quality events, and provide effective and timely support to online fundraisers.
  • Copywriting for the Annual report and Impact reports.
  • Support the implementation of a Theory of Change framework and impact measurement methodologies to support grant reporting.
  • Manage print collateral for multiple audiences and channels as required.
  • Provide customer service to stakeholders and supporters as required.

Qualifications and experience:

  • A relevant qualification and/or 4+ years’ experience in a relevant role.
  • Proven success in grant writing and reporting.
  • Experience in event management/coordination desirable.
  • Experience in a variety of writing formats across multiple channels.
  • Experience in N4P, NGO or community sectors desirable.
  • Intermediate skills in MS Office and GSuite.

Skills and attributes:

  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to work and communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels of the organisation including peers, employees, external organisations, contractors and suppliers.
  • Outstanding organisational skills and ability to work in a highly dynamic environment with competing priorities.
  • A passion for (and/or experience with) working with people with disability.
  • A proactive work ethic and willingness to jump in, collaborate and get any job done.
  • Ability to work autonomously and self-motivate.

Required to:

  • Possess the right to work in Australia
  • Possess a current unrestricted NSW driver's license; and
  • Travel occasionally in Sydney, with willingness and ability to use own car for work purposes
  • Possess or be willing to obtain a current satisfactory National Police Clearance Certificate and working with children check


  • Collaborative and positive work culture
  • Flexible workplace policy
  • On-site parking
  • Purpose-centred work

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