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Working for us as an employee

No matter which part of the organisation we work in, we’re united in making a real difference to the work of charities and fundraisers. We passionately believe that the development of an equal, diverse and inclusive fundraising community is integral to delivering excellent fundraising. To help us achieve this we need people with all types of skills and from all kinds of backgrounds. It's important to us that our staff bring their skills and knowledge regardless of age, being trans, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant on maternity leave, disability, race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, belief or lack of religion/belief, sex, or sexual orientation. 

We ask all applicants to tell us about their personal information by completing a monitoring form to help us monitor our processes and ensure that we treat everyone fairly. This information is not seen or used by the shortlisting or selection panel. You can read our privacy policy and how we use your data.

As a small team (around 50 strong) with considerable reach within the sector we are constantly busy, however, we benefit from being of a size where we all know each other and understand how we need to work together to achieve our aims. We have a friendly atmosphere and a strong desire to listen to those who work with us, so we can be flexible and work with you in true partnership to help you to develop with us.

As an employee, you will, of course, benefit from free access to all of our membership benefits including our Academy courses as well as our employee benefits 

Inspired to join us? Our current vacancies and how to apply for them are shown below.


Job Title: Professional Development Assistant

Start date: ASAP

Location: London IoF office

Charities in the U.K, more than ever, are having to rely on non-statutory sources of funding to deliver services for the vital causes they represent. In order to be effective in their fundraising, it is vital their fundraisers possess the right knowledge and skills to be effective in their roles. 

Would you like to play a key role in supporting the professional development of fundraisers to make them more impactful in their roles?

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is the UK’s pre-eminent professional body for fundraisers, and through the work of the IoF Academy we provide qualifications and short courses to enable fundraisers to raise vital funds for their causes.

Reporting into a Senior Professional Development Officer (SPDO), we are looking for a Professional Development Assistant (PDA) to have day to day operational responsibility for all of our professional development courses. This includes liaising with customers, processing bookings and logistics for both online and offline professional development activities. In addition, the PDA will liaise with the IoF’s volunteer groups to ensure successful delivery of our Introduction to Fundraising course, as well as project manage the IoF Academy’s graduation ceremony.

In order to be successful in this role, you have to possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills and have a customer-centric approach to everything you do. The role also requires someone to be highly organised, proactive and adaptable. 

The IoF is on an exciting journey with lots of exciting change such as the implementation of a new CRM system and website, as well as the potential award of Chartered Status. There has never been a better time to join us!

How to apply:

Complete our application form and return it to us  before 9am Monday 16 September 2019.

Successful applicants will be invited for an interview either Wednesday 2 or Thursday 3 October 2019.


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One-to-one mentoring can be invaluable to your professional development, both as a mentor or a mentee. The following IoF Groups run Mentoring or Buddy schemes:

IoF London region mentoring scheme

IoF East Midlands 'Buddy Scheme'

IoF North West 'Buddy Scheme'

IoF South West mentoring scheme

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Did you know you can volunteer at our flagship event, the UK's largest event for fundraising professionals, Fundraising Convention? Nominations are closed for 2018 but look out for next year's event! 


Current bursaries include:


Our National, Regional and Special Interest Groups often run bursaries - explore an IoF Group near you



Are you looking to share a fundraising campaign, or debate something that has or hasn't worked? We are often looking for those in the sector and outside to feature at our events. If you have an interesting topic and would like to know how this can fit with the IoF conference programme, please send your enquiry to Wendy Maitland, Event Programme Manager:



The IoF blog is a space for influential voices from the charity sector to comment on topical fundraising issues, explore new fundraising ideas, highlight fundraising success stories, share expertise and more. You can get involved! Get in touch with Alice Sharman, Content Manager:

Or read the IoF blog



The IoF has various committees that work on fundraising standards, policy, learning and more. Our Special Interest and Regional Groups, along with IoF Northern Ireland are run by enthusiastic and devoted Committee members. Find out more on our Committees