Focus Ireland – Fundraising Trainee

Role title: Fundraising Trainee

Location: Focus Ireland, 9-12 High Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8

Duration: 12 month graduate traineeship with the prospect of progressing further with Focus Ireland on successful completion of the traineeship.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Remuneration: €21,658

For Purpose – Ireland’s Not-for-Profit Graduate Programme

For Purpose is Ireland’s not-for-profit graduate programme. For Purpose connects not-for-profit organisations with talented graduates who are searching ‘for purpose’ in their careers and who want to make an impact on civil society.

Graduate trainees on the For Purpose programme receive one-to-one mentoring and support throughout their traineeship as well as attending roundtable sessions throughout the year. The programme provides you with the skills, support and connections to start your career in the not-for-profit sector and develop your leadership potential! Focus Ireland is seeking to add an ambitious and driven Fundraising Trainee to its team as a part of the For Purpose programme.

This role will be based in Focus Ireland’s head office in Dublin city and will offer the trainee an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding and experience of fundraising within a not-for-profit organisation.

Focus Ireland

Focus Ireland is driven by the fundamental belief that homelessness is wrong. Wrong because it is a failure of society that creates victims out of ordinary people and robs them of their potential. Wrong because it can be prevented, it can be solved but is allowed to continue and in doing so, undermines society. Focus Ireland believes that everyone has the right to a place they can call home.

Focus Ireland was founded by Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy in 1985. Since its foundation, Focus Ireland has continued to grow and its research and advocacy work ensures that the rights of people who are homeless remain on the political agenda. Focus Ireland has over 70 services and housing projects across Ireland including in Dublin, Waterford, Wexford Kilkenny, Carlow, Cork, Sligo and Limerick which, in 2018, assisted over 15,500 people.

Focus Ireland’s fundraising team works to generate funds from a range of donors from corporates to individuals and through fundraising campaigns. These funds are used to support the growing demand for the organisation’s services. The Fundraising Trainee will work within Focus Ireland’s National Fundraising Initiatives team which is responsible for community and regional fundraising.

Fundraising Trainee

The Fundraising Trainee will support and deliver a range of regional and community fundraising activities in Focus Ireland. The Trainee will provide marketing and administration support on fundraising campaigns including Irelands Great Get Together, Shine a Light, and various domestic and overseas hikes, treks, marathons and partner events. The Trainee will also recruit and manage volunteers for fundraising events and will maintain the database of community volunteers.  The role will cover all aspects of donor care including following up with donations received, monitoring fundraising progress and ensuring thank you letters are sent to donors in a timely manner. In addition to these areas, the Fundraising Trainee will coordinate Focus Ireland’s ‘Class Acts’ school fundraising programme and will have the opportunity to grow and enhance the programme.

The Trainee will have a key role in the National Fundraising Initiatives team, providing both administrative and implementation support in the team.

Are you seeking an opportunity to begin a career in the not-for-profit sector with opportunities to develop and progress? We are searching for a motivated individual with the following profile:

  • Third level qualification
  • High degree of creativity and innovation
  • Ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders
  • Strong administrative skills with knowledge of Office 365 applications (PowerPoint, Word, Excel)
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Excellent written and verbal skillset
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Full working rights in Ireland
  • Full clean driving licence
  • Willingness to learn and develop in the role

If your ambition is to start a career in the not-for profit sector and you combine the above profile in addition to recognising that it will be a continuous learning process, then we would like to hear from you. The closing date for applications is Friday 15th March.   

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to For more information on For Purpose please see