Monday 3 July 2017

Saltire Society Trust looking for a Fundraiser

The Saltire Society Trust wishes to appoint an experienced fundraiser to focus specifically on securing major donations with the aim of reaching our medium term target of £5m and secure the future of the Saltire Society’s endeavours.  This will be an individual who has good knowledge of the Scottish and UK philanthropic and trust funding opportunities in the cultural sector with a proven record in securing major donations for national charities.  We are looking for a fundraiser who is confident and articulate when making the case for the Trust. 

Position Details

Job Title:
Saltire Society Trust Fundraiser

Category: Fundraising

Charity – Scottish Culture

Contract: Freelance one Year contract with potential for extension.

Part time: 1-2days a week

Fee: negotiable

Place of Work: being a freelance position we would expect the successful candidate to have their own workplace, however, use of our office base and services including a welcoming and unique meeting space in Edinburgh’s Old Town will be available.

Deadline:  31st August 2017 at 12noon with interviews taking place in early September.


The Saltire Society is a non-political, independent promoter of Scottish arts and culture nurturing, supporting and celebrating Scotland’s diverse creativity. We are a membership body that simply exists to support and celebrate all that is best in Scottish cultural life, from literature to the built environment, arts to heritage. We are unique in our legacy of more than 80 years of bold support of Scottish culture and in the breadth of those cultural interests.

We are a charity served, directed and developed by our members, with that membership open to anyone who shares our passion for Scottish culture in all its forms. Through their support and commitment we can call upon the wide range of expertise, given voluntarily, that underpins our work. All this we achieve with a small staff team (2 FT), volunteers and expert panels in each of our awards, again their time given freely. We have seven branches (Aberdeen, Kirriemuir, Edinburgh, Highland, Arran, Dumfries and Galloway and Glasgow) run by local volunteers.

After a review chaired by Lord Cullen of Whitekirk which explored our role and relevance in contemporary Scotland, we have had a five year period of development with support from our own resources (principally a generous legacy) and funding from public bodies.  Part of those developments saw the formation of the Saltire Society Trust in 2015, as vehicle to sustain and extend the work of the Saltire Society for generations to come. We have raised £2m for the Trust through a merger with the Arts Trust of Scotland, the Robert Hurd Memorial Fund and our own assets. Our target in the medium term is to reach £5m. The Trust, while intimately involved in the Society’s work, is a separate legal entity.

What we have to offer

  • They will have the support of the trustees of both the Saltire Society Trust and the Saltire Society, many of whom are nationally recognised experts in their fields of academia, finance and public life.
  • Access to an active membership database of approximately 500 individuals
  • Previously produced ‘case for support’ print material.


To apply, please send a detailed CV including the names and contact details of two referees who could be contacted independently, accompanied by an outline proposal of how you would approach the task of making significant progress in our ambition to reach a fund of £5m to

For further information please contact Sarah Mason, Programme Director of the Saltire Society on 0131 556 1836

31st August 2017 at 12noon with interviews taking place in early September.


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