CHOC CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION SOUTH AFRICA POSITION: NATIONAL FUNDRAISER DEPARTMENT: BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT UNIT PROBATION: 3 MONTHS AREA: RIVONIA, JOHANNESBURG REPORT TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER START DATE: JUNE 2021
Purpose of Position:
To provide assistance and support to the CHOC regions by raising funds through corporates, trusts, foundations and international organisations.
Key Areas of Responsibility:
Research and identify potential donors from a variety of sources, including but not limited to: the corporate sector, trusts and foundations and community organisations both in nationally and internationally.
Make contact with potential donors to discuss funding opportunities and liaise with Regional Managers regarding these potential opportunities.
In consultation with the Finance & Administration Manager and Business Development Unit Manager, work with the Regional Managers to identify key priority areas for funding.
Gather proposal information by identifying sources of information, i.e. management team, programme staff, existing materials/resources.
Work with the Finance and Administration Manager and Regional Managers to put together proposal budgets.
Write high-quality regional specific grant proposals, concepts and applications focusing on CHOC core programmes.
Meet proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, approval and submission.
Write email appeals for regions that focus on end of tax year giving, securing funds from SMMEs, including appeal for corporate debit orders.
Manage the process of handing over donor relationships to the respective regional manager, on approval of funding and/or receipt of funds.
Keep a schedule of donor reports in terms of narrative and financial requirements and deadlines for submission of reports.
Ensure that these are communicated with the Finance & Administration Manager and the relevant Regional Manager.
Provide support in terms of editing regional reports to ensure they are in-line with contractual agreements.
Ensure that regions submit timeously reports directly to the respective donor.
Administration and Reporting
Ensure that a donor pipeline is recorded on Salesforce, including but not limited to, leads resulting from research, communications with prospective/new donors, proposal submitted and the status of these proposals.
Keep record of all proposals written and submitted.
Provide monthly pipeline report to Business Development Manager and Regional Manager
Experience & Knowledge
At least 5 years proven success in corporate fundraising in a non-profit environment.
Experience in writing fundraising proposals aimed at corporates, trusts, foundations and international grant agencies.
Experience in working with organisational budgets and consolidating these into programme specific budgets for funding proposals/applications.
Experience in drafting reports for donors in line with contractual agreements.
Experience in working with a multidisciplinary team to source information for funding proposals.
Experience in working with donor databases. Experience in using Salesforce will be advantageous.
Strong written communication skills with the ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals.
Strong editing skills.
Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
High proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
Professional skills and Personal attributes
Proven ability in building rapport quickly with a diverse range of
Creativity and the ability to develop new ways to inspire people about an organisation’s
Ability to work well under pressure and to handle
Ability to transfer skills and knowledge to
Attention to detail.
Ability to meet deadlines.
Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently.
Ambitious, results orientated and able to work in a target driven environment
Reliable and mature.
Tertiary qualification plus a minimum of 3 years’ experience in proposal writing in a non-profit organisation.
CHOC CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION SOUTH AFRICA AREA: THE FREE STATE & KALAHARI REGION POSITION: REGIONAL MANAGER (THE FREE STATE & KALAHARI) REPORT TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER START DATE: JUNE 2021
Purpose of Position
CHOC is seeking to appoint a person to fulfil the role of the CHOC FREE STATE & KALAHARI Regional Manager (RM), based in Bloemfontein. The overall purpose of the post is to lead and manage the region, including to raise funds, raise awareness of childhood cancer, and promote CHOC and its programmes. The region serves the Universitas Academic Hospital, Netcare Universitas and offer services at the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital in Kimberley. The region covers the Free State area as well as parts of the Northern Cape Province.
Key Areas of Responsibilities:
1.Strategic leadership and management
Develop the region by identifying growth opportunities, gaps, and lead initiatives to address inadequacies or develop improvements.
To lead relationships with clients (such as the doctors, beneficiaries and volunteers), and partners, and to generally be seen as a leader in the childhood cancer field.
Look after and develop existing donor, key and other strategic relationships; as well as identify, maintain and develop new strategic and key partnerships and relationships.
Together with the Regional Committee Chair develop the Regional Committee.
Bring needs, challenges, and strategic regional matters to the CEO and also provide him with necessary and relevant feedback and solutions
2. Fundraising, campaigns and donor relationships
Maintaining and improving existing business development relationships – be they corporate, individuals, or other.
Using networks, platforms, forums and so on, to build the CHOC brand, and our network and relationships.
To cultivate and deepen relationships and partnerships with donors/supporters.
To identify regional fundraising opportunities, events and campaigns and ensure the successful implementation thereof.
To promote and market CHOC through various platforms and activities (including the media, social media, communication channels and material, and promotional events).
To oversee the management of fundraising and other systems, including the CRM (donor and data management).
3. Networking and volunteer mobilisation
To manage and develop strategic relationships, including the Department of Health, hospital management, hospital staff and organisations working in the field of childhood cancer.
To facilitate the development of committees, such as the regional committee, parental support groups, c, survivor groups, etc.
To oversee the volunteer programme, including recruitment, training and maintenance of the volunteer programme.
4. Staff management and programme management
Ensure that staff is managed well and guided on their respective roles.
Manage CHOC’s Core programmes to the required standards. These are the accommodation facility, the transport fund, the volunteer management programme and practical support.
To assist the national leaders with the regional implementation of national programmes, such as the Awareness training programme and psychosocial support.
To manage and oversee other programmes as determined by CHOC’s strategic plan and Executive.
5. Financial, office and general management
To develop a realistic and achievable annual regional budget and to manage the budget according to CHOC’s Financial policies.
To oversee the administration of the region.
To ensure that all CHOC policies and procedures are implemented and adhered to.
To ensure submission of accurate and timeous reports – financial, program and operational.
To undertake other post related duties as requested by the CEO.
To undertake all responsibilities and tasks embracing CHOC’s values, ethos and behaviours.
THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POST
Qualification: Any related tertiary qualification
Experience and skills:
At least 5 years’ experience in general management, preferably in the NGO or health sector.
Experience and proven ability to fundraise, and/or experience in marketing.
High computer literacy, particularly in MS Office; and preferably in database systems (CRM), donor portals and social media platforms.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English is essential, as well as fluency in iAfrikaans or Sotho).
Strong management and organisational skills.
Good with figures and a basic understanding of accounting, financial management and reporting.
A natural leader
A team player who also works well independently
Clear and strong alignment with CHOC’s mission and values
A highly motivated individual with a willingness to take initiative and responsibility Other: A valid unendorsed South African driver’s licence is essential.
An understanding of the NGO sector and the fundraising sector is an advantage.
Well networked and the ability to network.
March is an iconic month in the ongoing global campaign for gender equality and recognition of the important contributions that women make to society. CHOC is honoured to have some incredible women on board who help drive the organisation forward through their various roles, their dedication to our cause, and their passion for helping others.
We interviewed 4 ladies from our team who shared some insight into what led them to work for CHOC, the impact they believe CHOC makes in the lives of children and teens with cancer and their families, and their hopes for CHOC for the future.
Adri Ludick Interim Team Leader
We are so thankful for all of our volunteers and words cannot describe our appreciation for them for thework that they do.
I have been privileged to serve CHOC for more than 20 years. First as a volunteer and then also as a staff member. To serve the children and families is a deep felt honor. Last year, I spent a month in Bloemfontein and during the winter I handed out blankets and food to the families. I was deeply touched by a mother who thanked CHOC on her return visit. I had a lump in my throat when she said that, for the first time in months, she and her children slept warmly. And I knew that it is this type of overall support that CHOC offers that truly makes a difference.
What does a typical day at CHOC look like for you?
My typical day as a staff member is to do everything in my power to ensure that CHOC is able to provide an excellent service to all the children and teens with cancer in SA and our neighboring countries. I am driven to ensure that communities are not bound by myths and beliefs that lead to the stigma of childhood cancer, and that every child and teen has access to specialised treatment, essential medicine and care.
Why is volunteering such a vital part of CHOC?
CHOC was started by volunteers and for many years it was the volunteers who kept the ship sailing. Through the years, we have grown to where we are today with a staff compliment of over 80; however, we can never deny the unbelievable contribution of the volunteers. The ward and house volunteers touch the lives of children and teens in a profound way that we, as staff, could never do. They put smiles on the faces of the children and have fun with them. The Board and regional committee members, also as volunteers, are the custodians of the organisation and ensure that we stay within our strategic focus and provide services of excellence. We are so thankful for all of our volunteers and words cannot describe our appreciation for them for the work that they do.
What do you feel is CHOC’s most important role in supporting children with cancer and their loved ones?
CHOC touches the emotional, spiritual, physical and practical aspects of life. Our social workers play a huge role in the lives of the patients and parents. They are there to break the bad news, but also there to celebrate the end of treatment and healing. Sadly, they are also there when a child dies and knows how to support the families during the time of mourning.
What do you feel has been CHOC’s greatest success so far?
We touched so many lives in the past 40+ years. We have seen children and families come and go and then we have those families who never leave CHOC, but who became part of the childhood cancer family. The way that they give back and support the children really touches my heart. We also deliver a sustainable comprehensive service. We don’t discriminate against any child, but ensure that we deliver equitable service to all children with cancer in SA; including our children from sub-Saharan African countries who come for treatment in SA.
What do you want to see achieved by CHOC in the years to come?
To be in line with the Global Initiative of Childhood Cancer that the survival rate of childhood cancer will be 60% by 2030. We can achieve this by continuing to do everything possible to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to not leave any child behind.
Lynne Gadd-Claxton – PE Branch Manager
We make a difference every day – even in the darkest of moments, when it seems like we aren’t. That is what motivates me – we are giving hope to families!
How does CHOC benefit the patients/children with cancer and their relatives?
I think we take for granted how much we impact a family. I have had families come to me afterwards thanking me for something as small as a bar of soap, a sandwich with the tea mornings at the paediatric oncology clinic, a smile and a hug (when we were still allowed). We are there for a parent when they feel isolated from their loved ones back home. We become their CHOC family, we are their sisters in arms to support them through a very difficult time. We are there for them through the tears, the laughter, the losses and the victories. We are there holding their hands for as long as they need us to. Sometimes our links with their families last long after their child’s treatment has ended. The CHOC family is always there for them.
What motivates you to work at CHOC?
I have worked in the non-profit space for several years. I was led to apply for a position at CHOC after I lost my best friend to cancer. I walked around with the newspaper clipping from the advert for a week before I applied. I needed to be certain that this is where God wanted me to be. I had lost family to cancer before, but nothing that had affected me as much as when my best friend lost the battle. I had seen how her family came together, supported her and how we as friends rallied to support them. I still visit her parents regularly – holding on to a piece of her. I feel that at CHOC I am continuing the fight, for her, for everyone battling cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. I realised that I can make a meaningful impact in the lives of children with cancer and their families. I will never forget what a father said to me after his daughter passed away from cancer. He was so grateful that with the accommodation we offered him, that he was able to spend his daughter’s last few moments by her bedside. Even in his grief he was grateful for what we had given him – something he might not have experienced if CHOC was not there. We make a difference every day – even in the darkest of moments, when it seems like we aren’t. That is what motivates me – we are giving hope to families!
I feel blessed to wake up each morning and feel that I am making a difference in the lives of children and teens with cancer and their families.
How does CHOC make a difference in the lives of children with cancer and their families?
CHOC offers support from diagnosis of childhood cancer onwards. This includes: Psychosocial Support where the CHOC Social Worker is an integral part of the POU’s medical team; Practical Support, which includes an Interactive Learning Programme, Mothers Skills activities, Transport Assistance and Bereavement Support when required; Accommodation and meals at CHOC Houses/Lodges; Volunteer Support in various forms and Awareness and Advocacy for childhood cancer.
What motivates you to work at CHOC?
I feel blessed to wake up each morning and feel that I am making a difference in the lives of children and teens with cancer and their families. With CHOC starting as a support group more than 40 years ago, it is a proven NGO with an incredible track record. It is the leading childhood cancer organisation in South Africa. The support that CHOC offers is diverse and covers all aspects of the journey of childhood cancer from diagnosis onwards. The CHOC staff is one big family, and we have incredible support from our volunteers and communities alike.
Agie Govender – KZN Regional Manager
I personally would like to see our vision of being the leading NGO in childhood cancer being recognised by the Department of Health.
What do you feel has been CHOC’s greatest success so far?
CHOC’s greatest success thus far has been focusing on 4 core areas of service delivery and remaining true to this. The core programmes are replicated in every region and the CHOC team ensures excellence. We also pledge that we reach our beneficiaries who arrive at treatment centres. Our programmes reach those who do not have the means to access and treatment, and those that are most impacted by social issues like poverty, lack of access to transport and medical facilities. Our Social Workers are highly skilled and trained to manage beneficiaries from diagnosis, throughout treatment and until remission or loss of life.
What do you want to see achieved by CHOC in the years to come?
I personally would like to see our vision of being the leading NGO in childhood cancer being recognised by the Department of Health. I want to see CHOC being called on to advocate on matters of childhood cancer. Having a social work team that is recognised by the hospital and DOH has been pivotal in ensuring that childhood cancer is managed optimally. Finally, ensuring that we have advanced systems in place to ensure that our CHOC Houses are maintained and sustained for the future.
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