Fundraising Lead at Global Ecovillage Network


- $26200,000/year

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The Global Ecovillage Network International (GEN) currently seeks an experienced, aligned and highly motivated person to take on the role of Fundraising Lead. The main purpose of this role is to support the abundant resourcing of our mission, strategy, team and projects. We are looking for someone who  is excited to take the lead, working with the staff team as well as our Regional GEN networks to develop and implement creative and diverse fundraising strategies. This includes developing and applying for new funding sources, as well as building and maintaining good relationships with potential and current funders and donors. You would be joining a purpose-driven dynamic international organisation and global network engaged in ongoing learning and experimentation in how to increase our impact, deepen a collaborative approach, and diversify our resource base. We’re looking to recruit someone who is excited to be part of our teams and our evolution in the coming years. 


Work Location: Your office (remote), or GEN’s HQ at Findhorn Ecovillage in Findhorn, Scotland

Division/Department: GEN International Staff, Fundraising & Projects

Reports to: Coordination Circle Lead Link

Hours: 80 hours per month

Remuneration: £20 per hour as freelance rate, up to £1,600 per month, paid monthly 

Benefits: Flexible working location and hours with an exciting world-changing organisation. Independent Contractor role, so no standard benefits.

Starting Date: As soon as available. Position is subject to a 3 month paid trial period.

Fundraising Lead

Purpose: to support the abundant resourcing of GEN’s mission, strategy, teams and projects.



  • Researching, responding to, and assessing which funding opportunities to pursue.

  • Writing funding applications and/or working closely with and supporting other staff and network members as they prepare applications.

  • Developing and scaling fundraising activities beyond grant-writing, such as annual fundraising campaigns, sponsorships, and our major donor programme, scholarship fund, and crowdfunding opportunities. 

  • Developing and maintaining good relationships with potential and current funders and donors.

  • Maintaining a donor database (GiveWP) and collaborating with the IT and Finance teams to support online giving platforms. 

  • Providing details on fundraising forecasts and achievements in the annual budgeting process and regular reports to GEN International’s trustees

  • Supporting operational GEN teams to think strategically about fundraising in the planning and development of activities.

  • Linking with the teams of GEN’s Regions with a view to mutual support and collaboration in the area of fundraising

  • Maintaining contact with and supporting the River of Life coordinator in fundraising activities including major donor cultivation and a small donor campaign.

  • Maintaining and scaling an individual membership programme for GEN

  • Provide fundraising training for GEN and regional staff. 

Fundraising Circle Lead Link

With two other members of your team, a fundraising assistant and a highly skilled intern, you would also take on the role of leading the fundraising circle. There is more information on what this means in the Recruitment Pack.


Purpose: Maintaining focus on the circle’s purpose and supporting circle members to deliver what is needed



  • Cultivating an overall vision of the circle’s work and the contribution it is making to the organisation’s purpose.

  • Establishing strategies and priorities for the circle.

  • Defining metrics for the circle.

  • Allocating the resources available to the circle across its various projects and/or roles.

  • Assigning people to roles within the circle, assessing whether people are well matched to their roles and re-assigning roles when necessary for better fit.

  • Supporting and coaching people occupying roles in the circle to improve their ability to fulfil their responsibilities.

  • Filling any role in the circle which is vacant for any reason.


Your Background and Previous Experience: 

  • Significant experience of fundraising for environmental and social organisations and causes, including international projects and for network organisations.

  • Experience of leading or coordinating projects or teams, ideally in a cross-cultural context.

  • Experience with several types of fundraising in addition to grants and project funding is a bonus.

  • Experience of working remotely and with geographically dispersed teams.

  • Experience of, or willingness to learn and engage with, collaborative governance and practises such as consent-based decision-making.

  • Some working knowledge of Wordpress, Stripe, Quickbooks, Paypal, and MailChimp, or similar tools, would be helpful. 


Your Skills and Capacities:

  • Understanding and alignment with the values, principles, and vision of GEN.

  • Willingness to work in accordance with the GEN International team’s relational agreements.

  • Capacity to take initiative, exercise autonomy, structure your own work and proactively develop your role and its contributions to the organisation while also remaining a team player, seeking and remaining open to feedback and opportunities for collaboration. 

  • Ability to listen to and collaborate with people from multiple cultures and backgrounds in an inclusive and empowering way.

  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills, including ability to communicate with colleagues and partners, funders, supporters, governments, and agencies in a professional, kind and precise way. Further language competence is a highly appreciated bonus.

  • Excellent computer proficiency and sufficient Internet connection for effective remote work (MS Office, Google Drive, Slack, Zoom, etc.).

  • Ability to work, take initiative and collaborate in an environment of emergence and complexity, and motivation and temperament to solve problems  while maintaining a positive and inclusive attitude.


How to apply:


Please apply by submitting this application form (including your CV) by March 13, 2022 at 23.56 GMT/UTC.

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