Fundraising Coordinator - Merchants Quay Ireland

Job Title: Fundraising Coordinator

Department: Fundraising & Communications

Reports To: Fundraising Manager

Purpose of Job: The Fundraising Coordinator will support the delivery of MQI’s individual giving and corporate strategy by helping to secure significant income for the organisation’s work. The Coordinator will engage with prospective donors, encouraging them to learn more about MQI’s mission and values. The Coordinator will also increase the lifetime value of current supporters by promoting the organisation’s work and the importance of continued support in changing lives.

They will be a key member of MQI’s Fundraising & Communications Team. They will work closely with the Individual Giving Manager and the Major Giving & Legacies Fundraising Manager to implement MQI’s donor development and corporate strategy, which delivers key communications to existing and potential supports and encourages higher level giving.

Primary Duties and Accountabilities:

  • Work with the Individual Giving Manager to implement the donor development strategy which will deliver key communications to existing and potential supporters.

  • Develop key working relationships with internal and external stakeholders such as the communications and services personnel, MQI clients and suppliers for integrated campaigns.

  • Develop and implement integrated direct marketing campaigns using several channels, such as direct mail, email, telemarketing, press, radio and digital.

  • Deliver activities/communications to manage the supporter life cycle including, retention, reactivation and upgrading of donors.

  • Manage campaign budgets by monitoring expenditure, communicating with external suppliers and undertaking regular reviews as needed.

  • Develop innovative fundraising campaigns to attract funding from new corporate supporters. Identify, approach and secure new corporate partnership opportunities, focusing on Charity of the Year partnerships, corporate donations, sponsorship opportunities, employee fundraising, payroll giving and gifts in kind.

  • Promote and manage Chef for a Day employee volunteering programme. Leverage connections with appropriate cultivation strategies.

  • Maintain internal administration and CRM processes, including uploading files and running reports.

  • Ensure the donor database is used as a tool for increasing income from existing supporters, as well as a resource that can help support future fundraising initiatives.

  • Continually review, revise and improve thank you materials/processes with the aim of improving door care and increasing supporter loyalty/giving.

  • Attend conferences, relevant events and training as opportunities arise.

These duties are a guide to the general range of responsibilities and are neither definitive nor restrictive. The Individual Giving Coordinator may from time to time have to undertake any reasonable request as directed by their line manager.

Person Specification

MQI are seeking someone with substantial experience of fundraising, particularly direct marketing campaigns. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of donor development and have a proven track record of successfully managing projects to meet challenging deadlines. The ideal candidate will be excellent communicator with the ability to build strong and long-lasting relationships with personnel from other corporate organisations, MQI departments, MQI clients and suppliers. 

Core Competencies and Skills Summary



  • Third Level qualification in marketing, business or related discipline

  • Track record of achievement in a previous, similar role

  • Deep understanding of fundraising or business development

  • Excellent relationship management skills and ability to communicate in all forms (written, verbal, negotiation, presentation skills, etc.

  • Ability to work under pressure and to challenging deadlines.

  • Energy, enthusiasm and flair to work hard and achieve ambitious targets

  • Experience of managing budgets

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills

  • Passionate about MQI’s cause


  • Experience of managing personnel and small teams

  • Strong understanding of GDPR

  • Understanding of the not-for-profit sector                                                               

Salary Scale:      €37,000 to €45,000

Hours:                  39 hours per week

Duration:             Permanent, Full Time  

Location:             Fundraising & Communications Dept, Head office, Merchants Quay.

What does Merchants Quay Ireland offer as an employer?

  • Fulfilling and Challenging work

  • Sick Pay Scheme

  • 26 days Annual Leave

  • Defined Contribution Pension Scheme (after 6 months)

  • Death In Service (from commencement of employment)

  • Line Management Supervision

  • Learning and Development Programme

  • Paid Family Leave (Maternity, Paternity, Parental, Adoptive, Force Majeure and Compassionate Leave)

  • Educational Assistance (Study and Examination Leave)

  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

  • Health & Wellness Programme

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete an application form (which can be found on our website) and return to with a copy of your up to date CV attached by Friday, September 20th.  Please ensure to include the following title in the subject line of your email ‘Application for Fundraising Coordinator – Ref FND071904’.

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Applications that do not have this title may fail to be shortlisted. 

Closing Date for Applications
Friday, September 20th