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Philanthropy Manager

Lighthouse Foundation
  • Help create a better future for vulnerable and disadvantaged Australian children and homeless young people
  • Raise philanthropic support and positively impact the transformation of services in the sector
  • Part-time / Work from home and hybrid flexibility / Richmond office


Lighthouse Foundation provides homes and therapeutic care programs to children and young people impacted by long-term neglect, abuse, and homelessness. Our focus is to create caring communities where kids can feel safe, form meaningful relationships, and begin to heal from traumatic experiences. For the past 30 years, our proven Model of Care has successfully transformed the lives of over 1,000 young people using a range of evidence-based strategies. We now educate and support Foster Carers in the same way, so that they too can take care of some of Australia’s most vulnerable children.


Reporting to, and working closely with, the Head of Philanthropy & Bequests, Lighthouse’s Philanthropy Manager will focus on implementing innovative plans to cultivate, nurture, steward and inspire donors to drive growth in higher-value gifts to support Lighthouse Foundation’s programs.


Working for Lighthouse Foundation means you will be working for an organisation that cares about the community. Your contribution will help save young lives and play a role in ending youth homelessness in Australia. Your role will provide impact to not only those within Lighthouse Foundation but the countless others who use their services. You will also work with a skilled and experienced Philanthropic and Grants Fundraising team with opportunities for professional development and flexible working arrangements.


First and foremost, interpersonal skills are a must, with a level of maturity and understanding needed when working with those who use and support our services.

From a professional standpoint you will require:

  • Previous experience motivating donors, philanthropists, and high-net-worth individuals, and have success at securing high value strategic partnerships
  • Understanding of relationship-based fundraising, development, sponsorship, or sales
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to garner support from a variety of stakeholders
  • Outstanding listening skills will be one of your strengths
  • Strong understanding of prospect research and social impact measurements
  • Ability to produce impactful proposals and donor communication
  • Skill at putting together and presenting - storytelling that inspires
  • Growth mindset, with advanced strategic thinking
  • Proficiency in budget forecasting and monitoring

Other key skills which would be desirable:

  • Demonstrated experience in similar roles
  • Demonstrated understanding of trauma informed practice

For this role you will please note you will also need:

  • Current driver’s license
  • Criminal Records check
  • Current Working with Children check


We welcome your application and ask that you please review the attached position description, provide your Resume and Cover letter, broadly addressing the key selection criteria highlighted.

To submit your application, please click Apply Now by the closing date.

Lighthouse celebrates diversity and affirm the right of access, equity, and equality for every young person, staff member and volunteer in the Lighthouse Community. Our organisation is inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We also practice from a position of cultural safety and awareness, across diverse languages, religions, and cultures. we respect, respond and continue to learn about the unique needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

Lighthouse Foundation is a Child Safe Organisation, we are committed to a thoughtful and protective environment that supports our babies, children and young people to feel safe and respected, and to build their capacity to feel deeply cared for and important to other human beings.

Please find attached the position description.

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