PROJECT BRIEF: Freelance fundraising Consultant
The Simon Community is a community of ex-street homeless people and (mainly young) volunteers who live and work together in London in order to transform the lives of everyone involved by running a wide range of outreach services to people still on the streets. Our services are designed to make and sustain relationships with those most in need and those who are hardest to reach.
Our live in volunteers, who live and work with our residents, are supported by volunteers on services, some of whom are ex-homeless and want to support those still on the streets.
We are now seeking to appoint a fundraising consultant to help develop and implement a fundraising strategy and increase revenue. The successful freelancer will provide expert advice on current fundraising needs and future opportunities, explore business engagement and corporate support and support the organisation to develop a robust fundraising strategy for 2018 – 2021.
The Simon Community is managed by a Community Manager, who is supported by a Project Leader. We have a number of full time, residential volunteers and a wide pool of part time volunteers who support the delivery of our services.
This role will report to the fundraising working group, a sub-group of the Board of Trustees. The Simon Community are also recruiting for a freelance bid writer, who will be managed by the fundraising consultant.
The fee for this work is £9,000 inclusive of VAT and expenses.
Payment schedule: 33% on signing of contract, 33% at mid-way point, subject to deliverables achieved, 34% on completion. (Please note there is potential for discussion regarding the payment schedule. )
The consultant will be required to invoice the Simon Community for fees as per the schedule.
The Simon Community seeks a minimum of £200,000 per annum revenue as follows:
The freelancer will be required to:
Carry out a review of existing corporate and grant relationships,
· Draft a fundraising strategy, identifying key targets.
· Review current fundraising systems.
· Devise an action plan with milestones for implementation
· Secure income for FY 19/20 to KPIs set by the board in relation to the proposed strategy.
We are seeking an applicant with:
· A demonstrable track record of at least 5 years successful revenue generation in a senior position within the homelessness sector or other relevant sector (social justice, social care, community development). This will include grants, major donors, sponsorship, online giving, corporate giving and CSR.
· Experience of developing and implementing successful fundraising strategies.
· Excellent communication skills
· An understanding of the challenges and opportunities inherent within a small, independent homelessness charity.
· Honesty and integrity.
· Understanding of GDPR requirements.
To apply please submit:
· Your CV.
· A short outline (no more than 500 words) detailing how you would approach the work.
· A short statement explaining how you meet the criteria detailed in the person specification.
· Two references or testimonials from recent clients.
Please submit the above to our Community Manager:
14th September – Brief live
5th October – Deadline for expressions of interest
19th October- Interviews
Week of 24th October – Freelancer appointed
Appendix 1: Case for Support
About the Simon Community
The Simon Community is a community of ex-street homeless people and (mainly young) full-time volunteers who live and work together in London in order to transform the lives of everyone involved by running a wide range of outreach services to people still on the streets. Our services are designed to make and sustain relationships with those most in need and those who are hardest to reach.
Our full time volunteers, living and working with our residents are supported by part-time volunteers, some of whom are ex-homeless and want to support those still on the streets.
A significant history….
The Simon Community has been in existence since 1963, when it was founded by Anton Wallich-Clifford and is widely recognised as a pioneering charity from which the homelessness sector as we know it today grew. The Simon Community has touched the lives of tens of thousands of people and over the decades has inspired those involved to set up similar projects addressing homelessness and social justice across the UK and internationally.
A unique way of working…
The Simon Community is independent and always has been. Whilst almost all work with homeless people is now funded through central and local government contracts, we have remained independent so that we can continue to deliver highly specialised, long term work with people who are let down by other routes. We work with those people who are so profoundly damaged that they cannot sustain relationships with themselves, other people and society. They are people with personality disorder, those who are neurodiverse, have unrecognised learning difficulties and other developmental problems. Consequently they are likely to remain homeless for a long time. Through a methodology that has been honed over many decades of successful structured group work and informal learning, we aim to take as long as is necessary to help them to learn or relearn the skills which would allow them to have fulfilling independent lives. This can be a very slow process and some people need continuing support for the rest of their lives.
We are the only independent organisation providing this sort of care for homeless people in need of it.
A substantial impact…
On a weekly basis the Simon Community gives out a range of resources through two forms of transport (on foot, and by van). The resources include, though not exhaustively:
1. Clothing and toiletries for men and women
2. Hot and cold food and drink through several services – tea-runs (bi-weekly), street café, and a weekly, night centre
3. An in-house residential service with three full-time volunteers presently in residence, and additional residential support for respite for the wider support team
4. A winter shelter
Each year, our outreach services connect with approximately:
· 4,400 people on soup runs.
· 11,500people on tea runs.
More need than ever…
In addition we make contact with around 1,000 people in the hardest to reach category through our streetwork. However, as well as serving large numbers of people and meeting immediate needs, we always seek to develop long term relationships and support people for as long as they need it. We have helped tens of thousands of people move on and lead fulfilling lives over the years. However, in some cases, the people we work with require many decades of care, and we have been working with some people since the 1960s
The current hostile socio-political and economic landscape means we have seen a 169% increase in rough sleeping, as the most visible aspect of homelessness since 2010.Austerity policies mean that more people are ‘slipping through the net’ and losing control of their lives. Factors such as the roll out of Universal Credit in the coming years will increase the number of people in desperate situations and housing policy such as Right to Buy (1980) has meant the decimation of social housing stock, with scarce alternatives for those in need. In 2017, mainstream homelessness charities came under fire from the street homeless population and in the media for supporting the Home Office to deport rough sleepers. The current, complicated homelessness crisis ensures that our independent and proven work remains of vital importance, offering an alternative residential way of life along with outreach services that are trusted at street level.
Generating income… The Simon Community is at a critical stage in its history and has recently undergone a strategic review. With new members on the Board, the organisation is entering an exciting phase. Simon has a long history of individual giving via justgiving, CAF, Simon Star newsletter and an established track record of securing funding from trust and foundations and the corporate sector. We are now seeking to instruct freelance support to add capacity to the charity’s fundraising activity.