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Vacancy – Executive Assistant – Development

The Community Foundation provides high quality philanthropic services (grant making) to a wide range of public, corporate and individual donors.  It has built its long term funds to over £12.5m and distributes in excess of £2.1m pa to local community groups and individuals.   After a review of the Foundation’s development activities new ambitious targets have been set to significantly increase long term funds.  This post has been created to support this work.

Title: Executive Assistant – Development
Reporting to: The Chief Executive
Terms: 37.5 hours/week
Salary: £20,000 – £22,000 per annum   

Overall Job Purpose

This role underpins the work of the Development team, undertaking research, managing data, providing information and providing practical support to staff and trustees.  They will work with and support the Chief Executive and Business Development Manager plus a core group of trustees.
The Executive Assistant (Development) will become fully familiar with the people and organisations that the Foundation is building relationships with and contribute to the planning and coordination of Development activities.

 Information Systems and Research

  • Manage the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) aspects of the D2 (Salesforce) database, working with colleagues to ensure it provides timely and accurate information in support of Development.
  • Ensure CCF is fully compliant with Data Protection legislation.
  • Research potential donors and produce briefing papers as required.
  • Research and analyse donor’s interests and giving trends and generate information to inform Development activities.
  • Analyse development performance and income streams providing information to inform the Development Plan.
  • Develop the CRM database so that it can track all of our donors; i.e. fund holders, Winter Warmth, and event participants (e.g. Big Sleep and Rivers Ride).
  • Work with the Marketing intern to collect and collate relevant community information from grant case studies, local and national media and relevant reports.


  • Manage and support the delivery of CCF development related events, such as the Annual General Meeting and dinner and fund holder receptions.

Project Support

  • Support lead trustees on promoting the identification and transfer of small and dormant trusts.
  • Provide key information on donor giving for the Winter Warmth Appeal and ensure the Foundation has up to date information on issues relating to fuel poverty etc.   

Direct Support Responsibilities

Administrative support to the Chief Executive (CE) Business Development Manager (BDM) and trustees including:

  • Preparation of papers and minute taking for Development Committee meetings.
  • Maintain as appropriate trustee ‘action plans’.
  • Drafting letters, arranging meetings and diary management for the Chief Executive and Business Development Manager.
  • Preparation of presentations and written material in support of bids and proposals to potential donors.
  • Ensure that key promotional material is accurate and up to date.
  • Input to donation acknowledgement and feedback.

General Duties

  • Develop and maintain effective communications with other members of staff and trustees.
  • Keep abreast of developments across the charity sector by liaising with senior staff in other charities.  Where appropriate, attend external seminars and workshops on behalf of the Foundation.
  • To work closely with the Administrators to provide cover and support during leave/absence or particularly busy periods

Applicants with Disabilities
The Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from people with disabilities. However candidates need to be aware that the office accommodation is situated on the first floor of an office building and therefore it is not possible for wheelchair users and people unable to climb stairs to work in our offices.

Closing date for applications: Friday 8 May 12 noon

The full job description for this role is available here.

Download the Application Form and return accompanied by a covering letter to the Chief Operating Officer, Cumbria Community Foundation, Dovenby Hall, Dovenby, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 OPN or e-mail Please mark letters private and confidential.   


Cyclists urged to “get on their bike” for a good cause

Cumbria’s friendliest charity cycle sportive is set to roll out of Keswick on Sunday 27 September 2015.

Entries for all ages and all four routes are now open – meaning everyone, no matter what your cycling ability, can have a go.Tom and Yvonne McGregor

And the organisers, Cumbria-based Rather Be Cycling, are hoping to raise a huge amount of money for Cumbria Community Foundation to distribute to good causes across the county.

It’s the fourth annual Rivers Ride – a series of cycle rides created after the devastating floods in 2009. The four routes reveal some of the UK’s finest scenery and cycling terrain from the heart of the Lake District all the way out to the Irish Sea. The rides all start and finish in Keswick. It’s called the Rivers Ride because sections of the routes follow the affected river courses and criss-cross over many of the bridges that were either destroyed and replaced, or were badly damaged during the floods.

The Rivers Ride is held to raise money for the charitable work of Cumbria Community Foundation. The Foundation is at the heart of community life. It makes grants to local charities and people in need. The grants help young people and older people, those living with disabilities and those recovering from illness.

Gearing up for this year's Rivers Ride on Sunday 27 September 2015. Photo by Charlie Hedley.
Gearing up for this year’s Rivers Ride on Sunday 27 September 2015. Photo by Charlie Hedley.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive, Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “The Rivers Ride takes cyclists out into the beautiful north Cumbrian countryside on quiet roads with spectacular views. The four routes offer something for everyone – from the ten mile Family Ride to the 75 mile Big Day Out. It’s a great challenge for teams – either work colleagues or groups of friends – I urge you all to get on your bike!

“All the money raised will go directly into our grant making Foundation Grants Fund, supporting projects that provide much needed services at a grassroots level, such as the Life Education Centre which recently received £5,000. The travelling classroom visits infant and primary schools right across Cumbria teaching young people life skills to make healthy choices in the future.”

14090111630_582ae7c2a6_bGavin McDonald, Director, Rather Be Cycling, said: “We are absolutely delighted to once again be organising and raising funds for all the valuable work that Cumbria Community Foundation does and supports locally. It’s a real opportunity for people to put something back into a local charity and to ride for a reason.”

Cheryl Frost, Director of Rather be Cycling said: “We like to think this is the best charity road biking event in Cumbria with dedicated support from local route marshals and excellent help en route from roaming broom wagons and really friendly volunteers. It’s a great event for the whole family.”

The Rivers Ride is made possible by the generous support of the sponsors and the help of more than 80 volunteers.

The entry fee covers the cost of staging the event and raises a small amount for the charity – cyclists can help Cumbria Community Foundation by asking friends and family to sponsor them for the challenge and raise money for good causes across Cumbria.

Family Fun Ride £16 (one adult and two children)

This route challenges youngsters (and parents / guardians) to ride a distance of 10 miles out along the Old Railway Line, onto a few back roads and back in a loop to Keswick.

Community Circuit £32

This is an achievable challenge for novices or those returning to cycling after a break, with some preparation. 38 miles of lovely Lakeland roads heading west to Cockermouth via Ouse Bridge, returning to Keswick via the rebuilt Lorton Bridge and finishing with a climb over Whinlatter Pass.

Foundation Flyer £32

This route is a step up for those riders that who are looking for a greater challenge.  It’s a cracking 55 mile route which after an easy start takes in the triple challenge of Whinlatter (twice) & Newlands Pass!

Big Day Out Ride £32

This is THE BIG ONE! A challenging ride for the more experienced rider. Don’t be deceived by the flat start which heads out to the Irish Sea at Workington. The route returns to Keswick via three of the Lake District’s major road passes: Whinlatter, Newlands and finally Honister – to complete an epic ride of just over 75 miles with a sting that is most certainly in the tail.

To enter click here.

For more information about Rivers Ride fundraising click here.

And don’t forget to like the Rivers Ride Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to stay connected and share your training updates.


Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards

SANT_NEG_CMYKCumbria Community Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA) for 2015. The award is a national community investment programme, to help support growing social enterprises and enterprising charities working for the direct benefit of their community.

Launched on 2nd March 2015 the awards for the north of England are available through the Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside and are open to Registered Charities and Constituted Community Groups who can demonstrate an enterprising element to their work and income.

Prizes of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available to help Registered Charities and Community Groups grow their enterprise activities and services under one of the following social outcomes: improving social inclusion, supporting disadvantaged people through skills, training and employment, or creating a greener environment.

In addition to the financial awards, the winners will also have access to a business support programme including; the opportunity to have a three month intern working in the organisation to help implement enterprising growth plans and specialist social enterprise consultancy support from Inspire2Enterprise.

For further information, detailed guidelines and to enter please visit or

Click here to read the criteria before completing an application form. The deadline for entries is 10th April 2015.