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Fundraising Events Intern

Right To Play
13 September 2016
13 October 2016
London, UK
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Right To Play is a global organisation that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. It was founded in 2000 by Johann Olav Koss, a four-time Olympic gold medallist and social entrepreneur. Through playing sports and games, we help children build essential life skills and better futures, while driving social change in their communities.

For over fifteen years, Right To Play has been bringing smiles to the faces of millions of children living in disadvantaged areas of the world. We build specially designed Sport for Development programmes based on the needs of each community. Our programmes embody the best values of sport and combine other non-sport components to enhance learning. These programmes empower participants and communities and promote sustainability. Our growth, though a testament to the excellence and quality of our programmes, also reflects the great need for the work we do.

Right To Play trains local community leaders to deliver our programmes in 18 countries affected by war, poverty, and disease in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Right To Play promotes the involvement of all children and youth. We believe that the power of play can transform a child’s life. That’s why we are working in the most disadvantaged areas engaging girls, persons with disabilities, children affected by HIV/AIDS, street children, former child combatants and refugees.

Our work is facilitated by approximately 600 international staff, 14,400 volunteer Coaches and 300 Athlete Ambassadors. With an annual operating budget of $30M, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has National Offices in the United States, Canada, The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. 

Right To Play UK was established in 2006 and is aiming to raise £2.2 million in 2016. For more information, please refer to our website: 


Reporting directly to the Head of Events, with a dotted line report to the Partnerships Manager, the Fundraising Events Intern will be working to support the fundraising team during the busy autumn period, with a specific focus on the annual gala event, the Big Red Ball, and supporting the Corporate Partnerships team to prepare for implementing the 2017 corporate strategy.  

This internship position will provide an invaluable opportunity to gain essential skills and experience in key aspects of event and corporate fundraising for a leading international sport for development organisation. Professional references will be offered on successful completion of the placement. Previous interns have gone on to good full time positions at organisations including, Right To Play International, Royal Geographical Society and Marie Curie.



  • To support the events team in the management and logistics of delivering Right To Play UK’s Big Red Ball, a gala fundraising dinner for c.500 people at the Roundhouse on 17th November, with a gross income target of £520,000. This will include event marketing copy writing, guest list management, events supplier liaison, administration and systems support.
  • To lead on producing all the materials related to the auction and raffle, a key fundraising mechanism at the event. This includes confirming all terms and conditions for the prizes, writing auction prize descriptions for the online auction system, producing vouchers
  • To oversee the auction prizes at the event and the distribution of prizes after the event, this will also include recording all auction prize related activity on our database and thanking donors, etc.
  •  A key aspect of supporting the auction will be to liaise with the high net worth members of the volunteer event organising committee, who help to solicit prizes. This will give invaluable experience of major donor relationship management, a key aspect of charity fundraising.

Corporate and Partnerships Fundraising

  • To support the Partnerships Manager in the management and logistics for delivering key partnerships, such as PokerStars and British Athletics. Includes writing website copy, marketing materials, administration and systems.
  • Assist in developing athlete partnerships, including liaising with sports agents, co-ordinating travel logistics, researching potential new athlete supporters. A key aspect of this will include assisting in arranging for athlete ambassadors to attend the Big Red Ball.
  • Research corporate/sports partner pipeline for 2017, and develop proposals for prospects following initial research.
  • Support internal and external meetings as necessary, ensuring meeting notes and action points are distributed. In particular provide administrative support for the Right To Play Sports Committee made up of key supporters from the sports industry.
  • Provide daily database support (creating company records, updating existing records and meetings).


  • Other projects and activities as requested by the events team or corporate partnerships team

Experience and skills

  • Essential
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrable experience of diplomacy and tact 
    • Knowledge of Microsoft applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
    • Degree level education or equivalent 
  • Desired
    • Experience of organising an event
    • Experience in fundraising and/or the charity sector
    • Proven track record of being able to conduct thorough research
    • Knowledge and understanding of International Development

Competencies / personal attributes

  • Essential
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, including experience of working with members of the public, consumers, customers or donors
    • Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to manage a varied workload
    • Ability to work flexibly & collaboratively in a team with enthusiasm and commitment
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Ability to manage a varied workload, work under pressure and meet deadlines

Other Terms and Conditions:

Working hours: 9AM – 5PM, 5 days per week (negotiable if part-time paid work is required to supplement the internship). This internship will require occasional evening and weekend work, with travel out of London, for which time off in lieu may be taken.

Holidays: Unpaid; time off to be agreed with line manager.

Equal Opportunities: The Charity is committed to promoting equal opportunities in all aspects of its business, and maximising the potential of all employees and associates through fair and equal treatment.  It strives to ensure that all of it policies and practices support these aims and principles and works towards an environment where all employees and associates can develop their potential regardless of disability, race, colour, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, trans-gender status, belief or political opinion.

Length of contract: 4 months (to start beginning of October 2016)

Location: The Foundry, 17-19 Oval Way, London SE11 5RR

Remuneration: Limited travel expenses and lunch allowance paid.

When applying please attach your CV with covering letter. In your covering letter, please illustrate how your experience suits the role’s responsibilities and tasks, as well as the candidate profile. Please also include your motivation for applying. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, as and when they are received. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted to arrange a date. A written test will be included in the interview process. 

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