The Purple Elephant Project

Trust Fundraising Manager

Are you looking for an opportunity to work for a rapidly growing charity supporting our local community and helping improve children and young people’s mental health?  

About us:

The Purple Elephant Project is a children’s mental health charity based in Twickenham, Greater London. It provides therapeutic interventions for children and young people in need across the London Boroughs of Richmond and Hounslow; helping to alleviate mental health distress by working through challenging and traumatic early life events.

Using various forms of Play and Art Therapy (forms of child psychotherapy), the team of highly specialist therapists help children express themselves in response to mental-health related behaviours and symptoms, such as aggression, regression, school-refusal, anxiety, disordered eating etc. Interventions are provided via outreach in schools, and at the fully equipped therapeutic centre in Twickenham.

The Purple Elephant Project fills a vital gap in local provision, collectively offering a high standard of professional therapeutic experience. All our therapists are BAPT (British Association of Play Therapists) or BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) registered, and also hold expertise in specialist areas such as adoption support. The charity supports the community by striving to ensuring that all children, no matter their circumstances, can access the support they need, when they need it, thus bringing communities together and addressing problems at the earliest opportunity.

The Purple Elephant Project is a small but fast-growing organisation, which throughout its first years, has weathered the pandemic, and has demonstrated robustness in adapting and growing despite these challenges. To date, we have delivered over 5000 therapy sessions to children in need.

Further information on our charity can be found by visiting

The Purple Elephant Project is registered with the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), under the registered charity number 1186434.

About our team
Charity Commission information about our charity 

About the role:

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced trust fundraising professional to make a real difference to a small charity, and drive forward the support we are able to offer to children with their mental health. The purpose of this position is to raise restricted and unrestricted income for The Purple Elephant Project from trusts and foundations, producing high quality, bespoke proposals and reports.

The successful candidate will also develop and maintain appropriate relationships with trusts, foundations and their representatives, ensuring the highest quality of stewardship and cultivation.

As part of a small team, and you will report to the (part-time) Head of Fundraising.

Why We’re Recruiting for the Role
Our income is heavily reliant on grants from both local and national trusts and foundations. Until this time we have been in a position to work with a Trust Fundraiser on a consultancy basis only, but we are now excited to be recruiting a permanent member of staff to the role.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage the delivery of an annual work plan and pipeline for the trusts fundraising programme, inclusive of both core and restricted funders
  • Prepare high quality project proposals which demonstrate a clear case for support and align to the funder’s criteria
  • Work with the Senior Management Team to draft and agree project budgets
  • Prepare and present reports for funders in a timely manner, working with the Chief Executive to provide content
  • Produce and maintain accurate records of all trust income and expenditure.
  • Take responsibility for achieving
  • Support the organisation’s long-term strategy by gaining long-term/multi-year trust funding.
  • Ensure awareness and knowledge of sector trends, keeping abreast and learning from activities of competitors

This list is not exhaustive, and additional responsibilities will be agreed with the Line Manager

Job Description & Specification

How to apply

Please submit your CV and supporting statement (outlining your suitability to the role and your interest in working for The Purple Elephant Project) by 9am on Tuesday 21 March to