Freelance Fundraiser

Age UK Oxfordshire Abingdon United Kingdom Arts Partnership
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Company Description

About Us

We're a local independent charity working in the community to support older people, their families and carers. We want everyone to be able to love later life.

How we are funded

We rely on your support to keep serving the community. We are supported by donations from the public and some charitable grants.

What we stand for: Enabling older people across the county to love later life

Age UK Oxfordshire is an independent local charity. We have over 160 dedicated staff and over 235 volunteers helping us to deliver services and activities for older people in Oxfordshire.

Our mission:

We work within communities to support older people to stay independent and live life to the full

Our vision:

We are working for a world where those we serve are loving life

Our values:

Our values:

  • Caring
  • Listening and amplifying people’s voices
  • Enabling and empowering by working alongside people to identify solutions
  • Passionate for better
  • Collaborative

We encourage applications from all candidates to support a more diverse workforce. We are committed to challenging all forms of discrimination and celebrating and promoting diversity throughout our work.


Age UK Oxfordshire is looking to appoint a freelance fundraiser, with a background in arts, culture, and heritage, to secure additional sources of funding to support the Creative Later Life 2023-2025 programme of work.

Timescale of work: January 2023 to March 2023.

Project fee: Up to £5,000 inclusive of all expenses and VAT (if applicable).

Location: Remote / Online working with some time at the Age UK Oxfordshire Head Office, Abingdon, if needed.

Reporting to: Head of Cultural Partnerships and Head of Marketing and Fundraising.

What We Need

Age UK Oxfordshire seeks an experienced fundraiser or fundraising consultancy to help ensure our sustainability and growth in relation to creative ageing. This contract would be ideal for an individual or agency with significant experience of attracting income for local/ national arts, culture and heritage projects and developing fundraising strategies for agile delivery.

We know that good fundraisers work best when they have an interest in the field of delivery and are given space to advise on what they think is the best approach. As such, we are providing a fairly open brief, with a set fee and timeline. We would like you to set out how your input could be most effective:

Scope of Work

  • Support new unrestricted/ restricted income for the Creative Later Life 2025 programme by providing focussed support and expertise to shape applications
  • Propose opportunities for the diversification of Creative Later Life 2025 income streams, developing sustainable models and supporting plans
  • Produce a simple fundraising strategy to support agile delivery at a national/ local level
  • Inspire the Creative Team to develop and explore new approaches to fundraising
  • Ensure the approach feeds into/ compliments the wider ambitions of AUKO


Skills and experience

  • Experience devising successful fundraising strategies
  • A track record of securing 5/ 6 figure levels of grant funding
  • Knowledge of the broader spectrum of fundraising, including individual giving,

major gifts and corporate funding

  • Experience of working with charities focussed on grassroots community delivery

Experience of working with creative and heritage delivery partners and funders such as Arts Council England, National Lottery, Paul Hamlyn, etc.

To learn more about AUKO’s Creative Team, visit: The Team | Age of Creativity

Other information

Application Process

Please outline how your knowledge and experience meets the brief and provide an overview of how you intend to spend the time and resource to meet our fundraising needs. Please indicate your day rate and payment schedule.

We have a commitment to trying to ensure the widest access to working with us so

understand you might want to apply in a format that’s most comfortable for you, the

application can either be:

A CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 pages


A video (no longer than 5 minutes) – please send a link to the video not the full file.

If you need to talk to us about making an application in another format, please contact us.

Application deadline: 10am on Monday 21st November 2022

Shortlisted contractors will be invited for a short, online interview on Wednesday 23rd November 2022.

Age UK Oxfordshire is committed to equality of opportunity for all, we are a Top 100 employer with the National Centre of Diversity and a Disability Confident Employer. The Creative Team is signed up to the Oxfordshire Anti-Racism Alliance and have a commitment to supporting those who are marginalised across the creative and cultural sector as employees as well as participants.

Should you require any support or adjustments to be made throughout the application process or upon appointment, please contact Sarah Jackson, HR Manager, on [email protected] or call 07827 235400.