Full-time, Permanent

Deadline: 02/07/24


                         Fundraising Officer (Trusts & Foundations and Major Donors)


Organisation: Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects CIC

Job Title:  Fundraising Officer

Hours: 35 hours a week

Start Date: as soon as possible

Salary: £30,000

Line managed by: Head of Impact

Start Date: As soon as possible

Deadline: 23rd June 2024

Employment term: Permanent

Location: Bristol-based at Babbasa Hub, Backfields House, Upper York Street, St Pauls, Bristol BS2 8QJ with hybrid working arrangements considered.


About Babbasa 


Babbasa is an award-winning, Bristol-based, social enterprise with a vision to create a world where all people are inspired and able to realise their employment and enterprise ambitions, irrespective of where they live, their nationality, ethnicity, gender, race, sexuality or faith. Babbasa realises its mission through its subsidiary enterprises including Babbasa’s Youth Empowerment Programmes and Recruitment & Inclusion Services (BRIS) and our core values of Imagination, Determination and Kindness.


Babbasa supports low income and ethnic minority young people to prepare for the workplace as well as support employers to recruit diverse talent, develop cultural competencies and create inclusive work environments for all to thrive. The direct support for young people includes soft skills training, mentoring, and information and guidance support. The direct support for employers includes Recruitment, Inclusion Advisory Support, Cultural Competency Training, Research, Inclusion Needs Analysis and Onboarding Support. Over the next decade, Babbasa plans to grow its services to both young people and employers to respond to the pressing imperative to overcome the structural barriers to workforce inclusion and associated social inequalities in Bristol and beyond.


Job Purpose


Reporting to and supported by the Head of Impact, Learning & Organisational Development, this role is instrumental in building a solid foundation for the future of Babbasa.  You will be responsible for trusts/ foundations grants research, applications, administration and impact reporting to funders. You will also work on building relationships with philanthropists and work with the Communications Lead in developing appropriate fundraising communications. 


Core Responsibilities


Fundraising development

  • Identify and pursue new funding opportunities for our youth empowerment programmes, as well as for research and innovation opportunities to expand our existing offer.
  • Responsible for trust and foundation grant applications, including bid conceptualisation, proposal writing, fundraising budget creation and application review.
  • Support / develop relationships with philanthropists with a view to securing major gifts and legacies.
  • Maintain and develop authentic and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders to effectively steward them.
  • Work with and deputise for the Head of Impact, Learning & Organisational Development to steward funders with the aim of achieving Babbasa’s annual revenue target.


Management & Reporting

  • Responsible for producing evaluation reports as per each funder’s reporting schedule, working with other team members to ensure that the reporting is accurate and timely.
  • Track, review and report progress against the Business Plan to the Head of Impact, Learning & Organisational Development and the wider team using our Monday CRM system.
  • Continually review risks, feedback, procedures, strategy and approach to improve profitability.
  • Work with the Head of Impact and the wider senior leadership team to understand Babbasa’s strategic direction and priorities.


General Responsibilities

  • Ensure young peoples’ comments, voices and suggestions are at the heart of service design and fundraising strategy
  • Ensure internal administrative tasks and reports are completed in a timely and accurate manner as required by Babbasa and the activity funder.
  • Commit to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to achieve and maintain professional standards of your role and area of responsibilities.
  • To attend and take part in all core Babbasa meetings.
  • Contribute positively as part of a busy team to deliver business objectives.


Person Specification


You are fundraising aware – you know how to research and evaluate appropriate grant fundraising opportunities and manage the process of engagement.  You have knowledge of the fundraising landscape in Bristol and of key funders for youth empowerment,  social mobility and poverty reduction.


You have excellent communication skills – You have outstanding writing skills, attention to detail, and the ability to create bespoke fundraising materials for funders.  You are a confident connector with the ability to influence decision making and you have an understanding of the social value and positive impact of Babbasa. 


Stakeholder management / stewardship – You have the ability to develop and maintain relationships and make connections with and between organizations, institutions and individuals. 


Working with others – You work to identify funding gaps in the organisation, scope and plan minor and major projects to address them, and successfully drive fundraising projects to completion, involving and engaging colleagues appropriately throughout. You develop and maintain excellent working relationships with stakeholders at every level – with the young people on our programmes, with staff in each department, with our external consultants, with our Board and with others. 


Organised – You are well-organised and have good attention to detail. You juggle multiple deadlines and have a track-record of balancing multiple tasks and responsibilities. You are meticulous and able to prioritise conflicting needs. Effective and efficient – You are constantly reflecting on working practices and improving where necessary. A completer-finisher – you are able to work to deadlines, take initiative and are proactive in your approach to work. Problem solving – You are able to problem solve in a complex and rapidly changing environment. 


IT knowledge – You have excellent IT know-how to support strategy, generate and produce presentations and evaluation reports and web and research skills to discover opportunities for fundraising and bids.


You’re aligned with our mission – You have lived experience and/or an understanding of the critical issues surrounding equality, inclusion and diversity, including structural issues around race and class, and how they impact young people with specific reference to their leadership and employability experiences. You believe that, with the right support, everyone has potential to achieve excellence, whatever that means for them.


Skills & Abilities


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to craft convincing narratives and tailor these to a wide range of audiences.
  • Able to craft strong fundraising bids to an agreed brief and funder criteria.
  • Able to understand and synthesise complex information and convey this concisely.
  • Able to effectively steward and build relationships with a wide range of people, from funders to major donors, to Babbasa staff, its volunteers, and beneficiaries. 
  • Able to comprehend top level financial information such as organisational budgets and identify funding gaps. 
  • Ability to understand and articulate the critical issues surrounding equity, inclusion and diversity, including structural issues around race and class and how these impact young people. 
  • Ability to use a wide range of IT applications including G suite, Microsoft Office, Monday, Slack, and others. 
  • Ability to conduct independent research and produce compelling and concise reports.
  • Ability to proactively manage workload including seeking out new opportunities.
  • Strong team working skills and a willingness to work flexibly including working evening, weekend, and other unsociable hours. 
  • Ability to think strategically such as mapping potential funding opportunities against a business plan
  • Strong prioritisation and time management skills.


Nice to have

  • Strong financial acumen e.g. reading profit/loss statements, development of budgets etc.
  • Ability to develop strategic or organisational plans e.g. fundraising strategies 



  • Work in an inclusive environment and with a friendly team who will support you to grow in your career 
  • Work for one of the few organisations in the UK honoured with Queen’s Award For Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility.
  • Be part of transforming the lives of low-income and ethnic minority young people in Bristol.
  • Help Bristol to become an inclusive city by directly working with us to address inequalities.



  • 31 days annual leave (including public holidays).
  • 3% employer pension contribution.
  • Company laptop and mobile phone.
  • Access to flexible and hybrid working arrangements.
  • Access to Employee Assistance Programme.
  • Access to MediCash policy (upon successful completion of your probation period).
  • Opportunity to access learning and career development opportunities.


Next Steps

If you are interested in working with us and would like to find out more about this role or have any questions, we’d love to hear from you.


How to apply: 


  • Please send a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to people@byep.org.uk 
  • Please complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form HERE
  • We will be in touch with you as soon as possible to discuss your application


Please submit your application by midnight Sunday 23rd June. Shortlisting is scheduled for week commencing Monday 24th June, with in person interviews scheduled for Tuesday 2nd July.

If you have any questions on the role or would like an informal chat about the role please contact people@byep.org.uk. Further information about Babbasa can be found here: www.babbasa.com.