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Trustee (Fundraising Experience) - Classroom Malawi

Classroom Malawi's mission is to provide a safe and suitable learning environment for the children of Malawi which improves attendance, academic performance and aspiration – ultimately offering a sustainable route out of poverty. In partnership and consultation with the Malawi Ministry of Education, local communities in Malawi and partners here in Scotland, they work with priority schools in Malawi to provide young people with the opportunity to attend school in a safe, clean and friendly learning environment.

Role overview

We are looking for someone with extensive experience of working in Income Generation / Fundraising with a particular focus on developing new unrestricted income streams, to provide strategic guidance particularly in relation to diversifying income. We are about to embark on a new three-year plan to the end of 2023 which requires for the charity to increase its unrestricted income in order to support many more children in Malawi to achieve improved education attainment levels. The trustee will have a good understanding of the role CSO’s provide in bringing about change for the lives of people living in poverty.


  • Working with the CEO and board, support the development and implementation of a new fundraising strategy, focusing on unrestricted income, for Classrooms for Malawi.

  • Oversee fundraising and make sure it is carried out in legal, honest and accountable ways, following best practice and fundraising codes.

  • Contribute skills, experience, advice and understanding of fundraising or income generation techniques and strategies.

  • Strategically assess where restricted and unrestricted fundraising fits into the overall strategy and work with the CEO to ensure effective income generation is being achieved from current sources.

  • Advise on new and emerging fundraising streams and strategies, in particular with a focus on digital fundraising.

  • Assess risks in fundraising initiatives and contribute to the risk register where required.

  • Encourage an entrepreneurial fundraising culture, spotting new trends and directions.

Qualities – essential

  • Fundraising / Income-generation knowledge.

  • Excellent networking, influencing and communication skills.

  • An understanding of sources and methods of attracting unrestricted funding.

  • Experience of diversifying income generation practices, in particular digital fundraising.

  • Experience in developing and writing effective case for support documents.

  • Experience in grant management and donor retention.

  • Passionate about addressing global issues.

  • The ability to provide valuable oversight and strategic judgement, and address complex issues collaboratively.

  • A deep commitment to social impact and sustainable development.

Qualities – desirable

  • Experience and success in digital fundraising appeals.

  • Knowledge of fundraising for international NGOs.

  • Experience of monitoring and evaluating programme work and impact measurement.

  • An understanding of the challenges facing small to medium NGO’s in maximising income streams.


  • Role: Trustee – Fundraising / Income Generation. In addition to the specific responsibilities stated, you will assume all the usual duties of a trustee as stated in our Trustee Manual.

  • Volunteer: Trustees are volunteers. The role is not accompanied by any payment, however reasonable expenses may be claimed e.g., local travel.

  • Time: 3 years fixed term. Review after 1 year. Estimated 2-3 days per month, including attending quarterly board meetings.

  • Location: We are based usually in Glasgow however remote applications are welcome. Note, board meetings are currently held monthly, online.

  • Diversity: Classrooms for Malawi would like to increase the diversity of its board of trustees, and particularly welcomes applications from women, people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and from those representing the communities in which we work in Malawi.

How to apply

Application is by CV and supporting statement (of no more than one side of A4) outlining the reasons for your interest in the role. Please send your application by email to the Chairman, James Kelly, at info@classroomsformalawi.org For an informal discussion about the role please email the above address.

Application deadline: 15th January 2021


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