Institutional Giving Officer

IFAW - International Fund for Animal Welfare

Brussels, Belgium

About the organisation:

Founded in 1969 in Canada and in the UK in 1981, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) saves individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW provides hands-on assistance to animals in need, whether it's dogs and cats, wildlife and livestock, or rescuing animals in the wake of disasters. IFAW also advocates saving populations from cruelty and depletion, such as the campaign to end commercial whaling and seal hunts.

Job Description:

The Institutional Giving Officer supports the institutional funding team in raising funds from institutional donors including foundations, government entities and corporations. This position will assist with the stewardship of donors and support grant/donor management. The Officer will identify research, cultivate and solicit grants, write proposals/reports in collaboration with program staff, liaise with institutional donors and prospects in collaboration with the Deputy Vice President of Institutional Giving.

Main responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements engagement strategies, in conjunction with the Deputy VP of Institutional Giving, designed to substantially increase support from existing funders, while dedicating sufficient time to identify, qualify, and begin building relationships with new funders and partners;
  • Assists with the development of high-quality presentations, proposals and reports to donors/funders;
  • Engages with program staff and reviews project plans and donor research to determine potential new prospects, prepares briefing documents and ensures participating staff understand objectives for meetings, teleconferences and other funder interactions;
  • Works toward developing and managing a portfolio of institutional funders, delivering on all aspects of relationship management and funder engagement;
  • Collaborates with relevant finance and program staff to ensure compliance with grant requirements;
  • Manages selection and application process by coordinating applications as to deadlines, appropriateness and likelihood of award;
  • Works with other institutional funding staff to conduct prospect research for priority programs, working in coordination with program staff;
  • Gathers research and background information; tracks and maintains key data and actions in Team Approach; manages work plans and timelines; drafts letters of inquiry, outlines and concept papers; develops notices of intent to apply; and coordinates the development of pre-proposals, funding proposals, and various reports;
  • Provides administrative support if needed.

Person Specification:

  • At least 5 years of experience with proposal development and grant writing, preferably with environmental/animal welfare/development grant makers. Experience with EU funding is an advantage. A proven track record of successful fundraising;
  • University degree preferred;
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills;
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced work environment within an international matrix organization. Excellent time management and organisational skills to effectively manage a varied workload, taking initiative and often working to conflicting deadlines and with various internal stakeholders;
  • Highly detail oriented, self-motivated and excellent time management skills;
  • Outgoing personality, enthusiastic, tenacious, a natural networker;
  • Superb written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work well with program, finance and development staff with IFAW;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft products, including PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Outlook;
  • Experience with fundraising database software desired;
  • Languages: fluency in English is essential, Dutch and French preferable.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please send your CV and motivation letter to, with the following subject: Application – IFAW.

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