Vacancy:Trusts & Foundations Fundraising Intern

Role:                               Trusts & Foundations Intern
Reports to:                     Head of Trusts & Foundations
Location:                        Brentford
Hours:                            37.5 hours per week
Salary:                            £18,000 pro rata
Term of appointment:     6-month contract, start date asap
Benefits:                         25 days annual leave (pro rata)

About MicroLoan

MicroLoan Foundation (MLF) helps some of the poorest women in the world feed their families, send their children to school and pay for life saving medicines.  We are a very different kind of charity, offering hope, not handouts. By providing small loans (on average £60) and ongoing business training and support, MLF empowers women in rural Malawi and Zambia to set up self-sustainable businesses.  The profits from these businesses enable the women to work themselves and their families out of poverty.  The charity has significant plans for growth in both existing and new countries.

MLF has pioneered an innovative and sustainable microfinance model suited to remote rural areas and for people most in need in the community.  The organisation enables women to work their way out of poverty by providing opportunities to develop lifelong skills, access vital financial services and establish sustainable small businesses.  Crucially, MLF works at the grassroots, with people who are usually ignored by other organisations in this sector because of their needs or location.

Role Purpose:

Based in MicroLoan’s Head Office in the UK, the Trusts & Foundations Intern will be part of the Fundraising and Communications team with an income target of £1million. This is an opportunity for a proactive and friendly self-starter to play an important supporting role in the organisation.

Working in a small yet successful Trusts & Foundations team, you will learn to manage a portfolio of smaller trusts and foundations as well as developing a strong pipeline of new potential donors. Our portfolio is large and diverse and includes family and corporate trust as well as government institutions from the UK, the US, the EU and the African countries we work in. You will have the opportunity to support on more complicated high value bids to gain experience of strategic partnerships.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of planned and existing programmes of work and learn to translate them into compelling cases for support. You may be called upon to assist your fundraising colleagues and represent the charity at special events (typically during evening or weekend hours).


  • Replenish the pipeline of prospective grant-giving trusts & foundations using various sources of online information
  • Capture key information on potential funders in our database
  • Manage a portfolio of small trusts and foundations including submitting applications and preparing reports, and responding to any donor queries
  • Provide support to the Head of Trusts & Foundations in writing larger funding proposals and reports

Person specification

The successful intern will have outstanding writing and communication skills, and a genuine interest in international development issues, in particular related to poverty and gender inequality in Africa. You will be comfortable working in a small team and dealing with people of different levels of seniority. You will be enthusiastic about the opportunity to take ownership of your own portfolio. We are looking for a self-motivated person who is driven by results and is capable of handling multiple priorities simultaneously. The Intern should be outgoing, forward thinking and have a proactive character, be comfortable working in a group as well as using their own initiative.

Knowledge, experience & skills


  • An interest in developing skills in bid writing and prospect research
  • Strong writing, grammar and proofreading skills, with great attention to detail and accuracy
  • Have experience of retrieving, collating and analysing information from various sources
  • Be pro-active and show initiative
  • Possess effective time management and planning skills to juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Calm under pressure, flexible and adaptable
  • Excellent MS Office skills including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.


  • Experience in trusts & foundations fundraising (research and/or bid writing)
  • Experience working with a database
  • Experience of working in international development organisation


This is a fantastic learning and development opportunity, whilst at the same time helping to alleviate poverty and gender equality in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are an enthusiastic and friendly team, and if you would like to make a real difference to women’s rights we would love to hear from you. You can view a downloaded PDF version of the job description here.

  • Please send a CV and supporting statement (maximum two sides of A4) to Madeleine van Hilten, Head of Trusts & Foundations at
  • Closing date 5th July 4pm.

Please note: You will be notified only if you are shortlisted for an interview, and suitable candidates may be interviewed before the closing date.