Professional Volunteer (Fundraising)

Professional Volunteer (Fundraising)

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) London office is seeking motivated and experienced volunteers with fundraising experience to help us raise funds during COVID-19. Volunteering with CHRI means working in a small dynamic team with the Head of Office and SDG 8.7 Programme Officers to develop a fundraising strategy for the organisation, as well as for the Commonwealth 8.7 Network, a network of over 60 grassroots civil society organisations from all regions of the Commonwealth working to counter contemporary forms of slavery.

Person specifications, key roles and responsibilities are as follows:


To become part of the CHRI London Fundraising team, you will have experience working on fundraising in the NGO sector from institutional and individual donors. Experience in crowdfunding is a plus.


As part of the fundraising team you will:

  • work closely with the Head of Office, the London team, and the Board, other to develop and implement a fundraising strategy for CHRI London, including for the
  • Commonwealth 8.7 Network
  • research and identify new sources of funding for CHRI and the Commonwealth 8.7 Network, including traditional trusts and foundations, digital fundraising, major donors, legacy gifts and provide advice on the best strategy for the organisation
  • produce powerful cases of support, persuasive concept notes and fundraising proposals
  • advise on the development of a crowdfunding campaign for CHRI
  • identify other potential funding opportunities and contribute to a database of fundings prospects

General requirements and responsibilities:

Our ideal candidate will: 

  • have an understanding of fundraising for nonprofits, including in one or more of the following areas:
    • trusts and foundations
    • institutional donors
    • major donors
    • corporate funders
    • individual giving
    • legacy gifts
  • experience of proactively identifying and engaging prospective funders
  • have written successful cases for support and fundraising proposals
  • have the ability to think creatively and strategically
  • flexible and proactive attitude and approach

About CHRI

CHRI is an international, independent, non-governmental organisation working for the practical realization of human rights through research, advocacy and mobilization since 1987. Headquartered in New Delhi, it also has offices in London and Accra. CHRI focuses on the intersection of human rights, transparency and good governance, with programmes on access to justice, access to information, eradicating contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking, media freedoms, and building the capacity of small States to access UN human rights mechanisms. CHRI’s London office has a small team which leads on research and advocacy around SDG Target 8.7, as well as coordinates a member-driven network of local, grassroots NGOs aimed to eradicate contemporary forms of slavery and human trafficking.

For more information please see our website:

Application and Contact

To express your interest please forward your CV and a covering letter to, with ‘Volunteer (Fundraising) Application’ in the subject line. Please indicate:

  • Your interest and experience in human rights and fundraising for nonprofits.
  • Your interest in countering contemporary forms of slavery.

To enable us to maintain diversity within CHRI UK, we would particularly welcome applications from LBGT and/or minority groups.

The deadline for application is 22 May 4pm (BST).