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Fundraising Director | The London Library


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The London Library is a registered charity incorporated by Royal Charter, dedicated to the advancement of education, learning and knowledge by the provision and maintenance of a lending library in London, embracing every aspect of the Arts and Humanities. It seeks to be a source of inspiration and support to all its users.

Since its foundation in 1841 it has grown to be the world's largest independent lending library, with an amazing collection of over one million books and periodicals dating from 1500 to the present day. The books and on-line collections provide a world-class research and learning resource, and with 17 miles of open access bookshelves, elegant reading rooms and study spaces, it is a unique literary oasis in the heart of London.

It costs around £4m per year to operate the Library, which receives most of its income through membership subscriptions and donations. To deliver its Strategic Plan it needs to increase its regular revenue fundraising and also to raise capital for the further development of its premises. This development will enable the Library to accommodate a growing programme of events and an increasing number of members with improved facilities.

The Fundraising Director will play a critical role in making fundraising a bigger proportion of the Library's overall income, and will work closely with Sir Howard Davies, Chair of the Board and Chair of the Fundraising Committee, as well as other senior stakeholders. This is an exciting and challenging role, to work with a highly valued and respected institution and to be part of the Library's amazing potential to play an even greater role in literary London.

The Library seeks a senior level charity fundraiser who brings substantial experience and a proven track-record of raising major capital and revenue donations from individuals and charitable trusts & foundations.

Experience of leading a successful capital fundraising campaign would be highly desirable, as would experience of effectively delivering a wide range of profitable fundraising events, schemes, and programmes. The Fundraising Director will also lead and develop a team of four so will need to bring first class management skills to develop and mentor the team.

For further information and to apply for the role, please visit the job page on Peridot's website:

To arrange a confidential chat, please contact the Library's executive search consultants at Peridot Partners:

Liz Holderness on or

Simon Callaghan on or

Closing Date: 9am, Monday 15th June 2020

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