Philanthropy & Partnerships Team


The Ark, Byng Road, Barnet, EN5 4NP

Time Commitment

Approx. 6 hours a week (with flexibility)

Minimum Age




No. of Positions Available



Do you have strong researching skills? Or want to experience in researching and charitable funding? Come and volunteer as a Prospect Researcher for us!

The main purpose of this role is to provide research support to the Philanthropy & Partnerships team to help research new fundraising prospects such as trusts, and feeding information back to the team.

Philanthropy & Partnerships, which covers Grants, Trusts & Foundations, Major Donor and Corporate fundraising streams, is pivotal to Noah’s Ark – typically accounting for around 75% of the charity’s overall income.

We are looking for a volunteer with strong research skills and great attention to detail to research grant-making organisations and identify potential new supporters for Noah’s Ark.

Opportunities of the role:

  • Prospect research is a key role in supporting our fundraising team in identifying potential supporters. The volunteer will be directly contributing towards our fundraising efforts in this way.
  • A huge sense of satisfaction in knowing you are helping others and making a difference. Propsects identified as part of this role could ultimately lead to significant income for the charity.
  • Enjoyment of meeting a variety of new people
  • Gain new skills and experiences; learn more about Trust fundraising
  • Opportunity for others to learn and benefit from your skills and experiences
  • Become a part of an enthusiastic, passionate volunteer community

Main activities/tasks:

  • Assess published lists of grant-making organisations and ascertain whether they are suitable to receive a fundraising approach from Noah’s Ark
  • Carry out additional research online to support your findings, as appropriate
  • Accurately log the outcome of this research, including highlighting key information required by the fundraising team
  • Flagging any time sensitive opportunities identified in your research to the fundraising team

Qualities/ experience/ skills needed:

  • Passion for Noah’s Ark and the work we do
  • Good research and analytical skills
  • Previous experience of working in admin or within an office environment desirable but not essential
  • Flexible and have a positive attitude; ability and desire to work effectively with others as one team

Please do not worry if you do not have all of the above. We really value the different skills and qualities applicants may bring to this role.

Interviews, training and assessment process:

At Noah’s Ark, we value volunteer support, but we are also aware that not all roles are suitable for everyone.  The interview and training process is in place to ensure that the Noah’s Ark staff get to know more about you, that you are given the correct training for the role and that you can find out if this is a role you would like to undertake.  The training process is as follows:

  • Volunteer Information Session: All potential volunteers have to attend one of these sessions before they are able to get involved in any capacity.
  • Informal interview: This will take place at the Noah’s Ark office at a mutually agreeable time.
  • Core module (full day): Held on a Saturday or Sunday, training topics include Confidentiality and Boundaries, giving excellent customer service, grief, loss and bereavement, and infection control.
  • Safeguarding Module (3 hours): Held on a weekday evening, depending on the schedule. Essential for ensuring the safety of our service.
  • Onthe-job training: during the first shift and support given throughout.


To apply, please click this link.