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Fundraising Trustee

Fundraising Trustee

Fundraising Trustee at the Charitable Trust of the Tongabezi Trust School

Statutory Duties of a Trustee

  1. To ensure the organisation complies with its governing document and any relevant legislation or regulations.
  1. To ensure the organisation follows its objects or purpose, as set out in its Declaration of Trust.
  1. To ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively to pursue its objectives.
  1. To provide strategic direction to the organisation and set overall policy.
  1. To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation.
  1. To ensure the organisation is effectively and efficiently administered.
  1. To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.
  1. To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity's funds.

Specific Duties in relation to the Tongabezi Trust

  1. To attend and engage in as many trustee meetings as possible.
  1. To prepare for trustee meetings by reading any relevant papers ahead of time.
  1. To visit the school as much as is realistically possible - ideally once every five years.
  1. To act with integrity and put the interests of the trust and the school before any personal interests when engaging in trustee business.
  1. To provide expertise and guidance to the school where required and appropriate.
  1. To ensure the school is accountable for the expenditure of all funds from the UK trust.
  1. To engage in, and support, fundraising activities whenever possible.

Additional requirements for a fundraising trustee

The Trust is looking for someone who can provide both strategic and practical advice and support, specifically in the area of fundraising. Most of the income comes in from direct sponsorship for each child's education through the UK and US trusts that collect the donations. There are also many one-off donations for projects, donations that support post-school vocational/professional qualifications, fundraising events, our Justgiving page, direct gifts of school materials/equipment, and the food and healthcare sponsorship programmes.

See for further information on the school's history and current activities.

The trustee board is made up of a small and very committed group of people, the majority of whom have visited the school. Meetings take place about four times a year in London, where possible to coincide with Vanessa Parker's visits to the UK, and in recent years we have also included an annual strategy day.

Each trustee brings specific expertise, qualifications, skills and experience to the board. The requirements of the board change over time and recruitment is undertaken on the basis of identified needs. At this time, the board has identified the need to recruit a professionally qualified fundraiser with experience in the charity sector. Whilst community fundraising is probably the most useful area of expertise, other areas such as major donor fundraising, or trusts and foundations, would also be helpful. Up-to-date knowledge of legislation relating to fundraising in the UK is highly desirable, and a good understanding of charity law, and Charity Commission guidance, as it relates to UK charities. The charity employs a full-time Fundraising Manager based in Zambia, and there would be some liaison with them by this trustee.

To apply: Please send a CV and cover letter (or a request for further information or informal chat) to Julie Fewtrell at Whilst the closing date is 10 September 2020, candidates may be invited for interview before that date.