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Fundraising consultant vacancy


About us

Protect is the UK’s whistleblowing charity. Our aim is to protect the public interest by helping workers to speak up to stop harm and wrongdoing:

  • We support whistleblowers by providing free and confidential legal advice, supporting around 3000 people a year on our Advice Line;
  • We work with employers to implement effective whistleblowing arrangements;
  • We campaign for legal and policy reform to better protect whistleblowing.

Founded as Public Concern at Work in 1993, we relied initially on the support of grants and foundations. However, within a decade we became a self-funding charity, using the income from our services for employers (training, consultancy and benchmarking to improve ethical standards of conduct) to finance the charity, including its free, confidential legal Advice Line. As an ambitious charity, we now want to develop a new funding stream from grants and foundations to allow us to grow our services to employers, help more whistleblowers, and campaign successfully for reform of whistleblowing law. Very little trust fundraising has taken place in recent years.

We especially encourage applications from people with health conditions or impairments, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are underrepresented among our staff.

The services

We are seeking expressions of interest from experienced fundraising consultants or freelancers who can work closely with the CEO and Protect’s senior team to help develop Protect’s trust fundraising programme.   

We would like you to bid for providing this service, split down by the three following phases:  

Phase One:  Prospect research and mapping exercise 

Research and Identify trusts and foundations who are the most likely and relevant sources of funding for Protect. 


  • produce spreadsheet of trusts and foundations that have grant criteria that fit with Protect’s work, ranked by funding potential, and showing summary information such as criteria, application process, trustees, dates for application;
  • prioritise the best prospects and recommend the top 5 to be approached initially. 


Phase Two: Develop a case for support for Protect and appropriate materials to support trust applications 


  • work with the Protect team to review Protect’s initial draft case for support, and then write a compelling document that can be used as a basis for future applications;
  • in conjunction with the senior management team, develop a list of the top priority, most fundable projects, with accurate budgets and a short synopsis, which can be tailored to funders by theme. 


Phase Three: Write funding bids to the top 5 prospects identified in phase one


  • Write funding bids to the top 5 prospects identified, completing application forms and developing any supporting collateral necessary, and ready for submission once approved by Protect. 

Timescales and flexible working

We are looking for someone who can ideally start in November, with Phase One complete by 15 December 2021.

The timing of the remaining phases can be agreed with the CEO.

We are happy to talk flexible working and all our staff are currently working remotely, with occasional visits to our offices in Bethnal Green, London.



  • Proven experience of trust fundraising;
  • Ability to work well with a range of non-fundraising teams in order to access and develop the information required to support fundraising bids; 
  • Excellent written skills and attention to detail;
  • Self-starter able to work within a small charity with a turnover of below £1 million per year.


  • Experience of fundraising for charities in the fields of human rights/access to justice. 


Protect is budgeting on a day rate of between £300 – £350 with payment on satisfactory completion of each phase of activity.

How to apply

Please fill in your details and submit your CV and a short proposal or a covering letter below or email them to Your statement should be up to 2 pages long and:

    • outline your relevant experience; 
    •  include a quote with your day rate and the anticipated number of days for each phase, or a fixed cost for the services;
    • indicate your likely availability in the next few months.

Closing date

The closing date for the applications is Monday 15 November 2021.

Accessibility and adjustments

We are committed to providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process and we’ll always endeavour to be as accommodating as possible.

If you would like to discuss any specific requirements, please get in touch with

Your application

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Our impact

At Protect, we believe whistleblowing is a good thing – it protects the public interest, helps employers identify and manage risk, and holds organisations to account. We want more people to speak up, to stop harm.