Fundraising Income Generation Trustee

As we believe everyone is made equal in the image of God and we strive to follow the example of Jesus, in loving and helping those excluded and in need in society, all our trustees have a Christian faith.

At City Gateway we recognise the positive value of diversity, promote equality and challenge unfair discrimination. We aim, at all times, to recruit the person who is most suited to the job and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds – men and women, people of all ages (you must be 18 or over to become a trustee), sexual orientations and nationalities.

We particularly encourage applications from women, disabled and people from communities experiencing racial inequalities, as these are some of the groups that are currently underrepresented on our board of trustees.


A network of funders, major donors, sponsors, partnerships and volunteers.

Role Summary

    • To assist the Board of Trustees to introduce new funding streams and secure funding
    • To ensure fundraising is of the highest standard and priority

Main Responsibilities of a Fundraising Income Generation Trustee

    • Chair of the Fundraising Committee including co-opted members
    • Oversee fundraising and to make sure it is carried out in legal, honest and accountable ways
    • A good understanding of fundraising or income generation
    • Strategically assess where fundraising fits into the overall City Gateway strategy and to work with the CEO and Head of Fundraising to ensure effective income generation is being achieved
    • Take lead for certain fundraising actions such as donor recruitment and grant referral
    • Assist staff members in their interactions with donors and supporters
    • Contributing knowledge of fundraising techniques and strategies
    • Assessing risks in new fundraising directions
    • Encourage an entrepreneurial fundraising culture

All Trustees are also expected to:

    • Ensure you understand the charity’s purposes as set out in its governing document
    • Plan what the charity will do, and what you want it to achieve
    • Be able to explain how all of the charity’s activities are intended to further or support its purposes
    • Understand how the charity benefits the public by carrying out its purposes
    • Make sure the charity’s assets are only used to support or carry out its purposes
    • Avoid exposing the charity’s assets, beneficiaries, or reputation to undue risk
    • To actively contribute to policy setting, strategic direction, goal and target setting, and evaluate performance against targets, budgets, plans and charitable objectives
    • To ensure the Trustee Board monitors and reviews the performance of the company’s Chief Executive, rewards performance accordingly and identifies appropriate development opportunities
    • To monitor the financial position of the charity and its operations within its means and objects, making sure that there are clear lines of accountability for day-to-day financial management
    • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document (i.e. its Memorandum and Articles of Association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
    • To ensure that the organisation applies its recourses exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects (i.e. the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects, however worthwhile or charitable those activities are) for the benefit of the public
    • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
    • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation including having appropriate policies and procedures in place
    • To protect and manage the property of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity’s funds
    • Carry out its responsibilities in accordance with the expectation and standards in place by Ofsted and other regulatory bodies and quality marks, so as to enable the organisation to fulfil its duties.

Qualities of a Fundraising Income Generation Trustee

Essential Skills

    • Network of funders, major donors, sponsors, partnerships and volunteers.
    • Fundraising/income generation knowledge and/or business development.
    • An understanding of the UK grant and contract sector
    • An understanding of the challenges facing organisations such as City Gateway in securing new funds
    • An understanding of the educational context, preferably in both East London and nationally
    • Experience of diverse income generation practices
    • Sound, independent judgement and the ability to think creatively
    • Working effectively as a team member and demonstrating a willingness to learn and develop

General Person Specification

    • A commitment to City Gateway
    • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
    • Strategic vision
    • Good, independent judgement
    • An ability to think creatively
    • A willingness to speak their mind
    • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
    • An ability to work effectively as a member of the team
    • Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership


    • Strong intellectual and analytical ability; innovative thinker and ability to focus on issues requiring action
    • Experience in financial management and social media
    • Experience in the charitable or voluntary sector
    • Experience of charity law and governance

Time Commitment

    • You will be required to attend four Board meetings annually and a Board Away Day
    • You will be required to Chair the the Fundraising Committee to be held every 2 months
    • To work with the CEO and Head of Fundraising outside of the Board Meetings as Chair of specific role Committee Meetings

There is also an opportunity to be considered for Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees

Board orientation

On joining as a City Gateway Board Trustee, your Board orientation will include participating in a formal Board Mentoring programme that is designed to help you integrate and engage from the very start of your Board Trustee service.

There will be opportunity for you to receive ongoing training and development to enhance your Board Trustee experience and to comply with current Charity and Board Governance legislation.

Recruitment Stages

Application deadline: Sunday 31st March though we will be reviewing applications as they come in so encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close the vacancy early.

As part of our safer recruitment policy we require all applicants to complete an application form.

Please download, complete and email this, along with your CV, to