Role title: Fundraising Trainee

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

Duration: 12 month graduate traineeship with a view to 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 with other trainees 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 are seeking to add an ambitious and driven Fundraising Trainee to their team as part of the For Purpose graduate programme.

This role will be based in Focus Ireland’s head office in Dublin city and offers the 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 be a part of Focus Ireland’s Philanthropy team, which is responsible for managing major donations (i.e. donations over €5,000) and philanthropic giving activities in the organisation.

Fundraising Trainee

The Fundraising Trainee will have a key role within the fundraising team and will contribute to achieving Focus Ireland’s fundraising ambitions. Working closely with the Philanthropy Manager, the Fundraising Assistant will provide support to secure donations from major donors, assist with maintaining relationships with existing donors and providing assistance with Focus Ireland’s fundraising groups such as the Women’s Philanthropy Circle and the Key Circle.

In addition to supporting the Philanthropy Manager in these areas, the Fundraising Trainee will also coordinate administrative functions including inputting donor information into the customer relationship management (CRM) system, acknowledging donations received and responding to donor queries.

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
  • Willingness to learn and develop in the role

If your ambition is to begin a career in the not-for-profit sector, you have the above profile and a willingness to learn then we would like to hear from you. The closing date for applications is Monday, 1st July.

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