Past Award winners

Tha National Fundraising Awards 2017 took place on 3 July 2017 at the Brewery, London. We were privileged to be able to recognise the achievements of some incredibly talented individuals for their innovative and life-affirming work. 

You can find out more about each Award winner and what made them stand out from the crowd here

What does it mean to our past winners to have won an IoF Award? Watch the playlist!

Lyndall Stein                                                                                          Lifetime Contribution to Fundraising 2017

Lyndall Stein


Autistica and Deutsche Bank                                                      Best Business-Charity Partnership 2017

Autistica and Deutsche Bank


Alzheimer's Research UK                                                                  Best Use of Digital 2017

Alzheimer's Research UK


Barnardo’s                                                                                          Best Legacy or In-Memoriam Campaign 2017

Barnardo's and QualitySolicitors


CLIC Sargent                                                                                      Best Use of Insight 2017

CLIC Sargent


Autistica                                                                                              Fundraising Charity of the Year, small 2017


Emma Smith, Cats Protection                                                          Best Fundraising Newcomer 2017

Emma Smith


Ben Smith, Kidscape                                                                    Best Volunteer Fundraiser 2017

Ben Smith



“It’s not just for me, it’s for the whole team and all the volunteers, and for the amazing women and men we work with who defy all odds every day and lift their families out of poverty”

Martha Huntley, Hand in Hand International - Best Fundraising Newcomer 2016, winner


“For me fundraising starts with your absolute belief in what you are raising funds for, and your passion and interest in that and the belief that it matters. If that’s what drives you, pretty much everything else falls into place. This sort of evening and the Institute is absolutely vital because what it does is it raises not only the profile of fundraising, but they set a bar that inspires people and challenges them to do better.”

Chris Curtis - The Gill Astarita Fundraiser of the Year 2016, winner


“I think fundraising’s had it tough and this is a moment to celebrate all the things that are really great about fundraising and how giving is a really natural thing to do that makes people feel great.”

Save the Children - Fundraising Charity of the Year 2016, winner


“I think it makes a huge difference in inspiring young fundraisers to be part of a profession that honours people in this way. Showcasing all of these really great examples of fundraising and these wonderful charities is really exciting, and makes a huge difference – it really makes it into a profession which is excellent.”

John Baguley - Lifetime Contribution Award, winner


“The recognition it has brought to our charity really can’t be overstated – rather than being seen as a successful local organisation, the win has catapulted us onto the national stage in a way that would have been impossible without the status of such an acclaimed professional award.”

Louise McCathie - Gill Astarita Fundraiser of the Year 2015, winner


“It's not just for us it's for everyone affected by Bowel Cancer…  We're absolutely delighted - thank you.”

Beating Bowel Cancer - Fundraising Charity of the Year (Small) 2015, winner


“I've been doing this for so long and I'm just blown away to be recognised for it - it's just really amazing.”

Stephen Pidgeon – Lifetime Contribution Award 2015, winner


“The award felt like ratification not just for me personally, more primarily for the whole fundraising team. The award gave the team confidence and enhanced motivation and I think we were more successful in the months that followed as a result.”

Hannah-Polly Williams – Best Fundraising Newcomer 2015, winner


"By setting up a JustGiving page and a text giving code for the Ice Bucket Challenge, they simplified and enabled the giving process, ultimately raising £7 million for Motor Neurone Disease Association, crucially enabling the funding of six years of new work."

Paula and Robert Maguire, MND Association, Best Volunteer Fundraiser 2015, winners


"We’re amazed, and it’s all down to the children and the young people with cancer who help share our stories, so really the award is for them.”

CLIC Sargent, One Day Campaign - Best Legacy Campaign 2015, winner


“It was such a special event to be a part of, the fundraisers in the sector, they quietly go about doing really important work…it’s so crucial, no charity would exist without it!”

Shappi Khorsandi - Comedian and host of the 2015 Award ceremony

  Leah Mates, British Heart Foundation                                              The Gill Astarita Fundraiser of the Year 2017                

Leah Mates


 Crisis                                                                                                    Best Individual Campaign 2017



Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice                                                    Best Use of Events 2017

Bluebell Wood


 War Child                                                                                               Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign 2017

War Child


Crisis                                                                                                  Fundraising Charity of the Year 2017



JustGiving                                                                                     Most Commited Company to the Sector 2017



Cody McManus, Cody's Xmas Toy Box                                              Best Young Fundraiser 2017