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2016 Winners

Congratulations to all our amazing winners from the 2016 awards, which we held at the Troxy on 29th November.  

We were privileged to be able to recognise the achievements of some incredibly talented individuals for their innovative and life-affirming work. 

Want to re-live the night? Take a look at the official photography

Best Business-Charity Partnership

For the best relationship between a charity and a business that provides mutual benefit to both parties. 

 

The Challenge & Starbucks

HeadStart

The Challenge is the UK's leading charity for building a more integrated society. We design and deliver programmes that bring people together from different ethnicities, income backgrounds and age groups to create stronger communities.

HeadStart is a new model for youth social action and employability which inspires young people to volunteer in their local community by rewarding everyone who completes 16+ hours with employment skills training and a guaranteed interview for a paid job or internship. Starbucks was the first leading employer to commit to the programme and is HeadStart’s flagship corporate partner. Their involvement enabled the launch of the programme and has provided both financial and operational support in developing HeadStart. HeadStart piloted in 2013 and worked with just 30 young people. In 2015/16, The Challenge and Starbucks inspired over 2,000 young people to start volunteering who provided almost 40,000 hours of voluntary work to local charities.

The judges said

The Challenge presented a very well evidenced case, demonstrating the real impact that HeadStart had on young people and the 250 local charities for which they volunteered. The programme is a great example of linking volunteering and social action to employability. Monitoring and evaluation has also been particularly strong throughout, greatly contributing to HeadStart’s overall success.

 

Best Individual Giving Campaign

For the campaign that demonstrates the best use of an individual giving campaign. 

WaterAid

Christmas Appeal – Deliver Life

In November 2015 WaterAid launched a UK Aid match appeal. The appeal, called ‘Deliver Life’, focused on the devastating impact a lack of clean water and sanitation has on pregnant women and their babies, in particular the unthinkable fact that in the developing world, one new born baby dies every single minute from a lack of clean water and an unclean environment. For the first time, we moved away from telling stories from our work in communities, and instead focused on our work in healthcare settings, in particular one maternity ward in rural Tanzania and their journey towards clean water. The appeal was integrated across SMS, email, direct mail and social media, and we matched our warm file against Facebook to test the impact of display advertising on income. The appeal was hugely successful with each audience group and channel exceeding targets and income to double that of our forecast.

The judges said

This campaign represented a major shift for the organisation in terms of appeals and found a new way to reach existing supporters as well as new audiences. The heart-wrenching mother’s story worked incredibly well in all formats as part of the integrated campaign across UK media.

 

Best Use of Digital

For the campaign which demonstrates the best use of digital in a fundraising campaign. 

Macmillan Cancer Support

Team Macmillan App

One of Macmillan’s key USP’s in the challenge events sector is the high qualitysupporter experience, which is delivered through the Team Macmillan concept.However, at the moment this is mainly focused on the event day itself.The pre-event engagement is relatively two-dimensional and relies mainly one-mails which are generic.We know that the Macmillan audience are very digitally literate, keen tointeract with each other in a social manner, and are predominantly mobileusers. In order to answer the user need, Macmillan built a hybrid app availableon iOS and Android.The app brings together event specific, personalised content for the onthe day information, training guidance, fundraising tools and support, anddynamic social feeds. The result was a 20% increase in fundraising revenue forapp users and nearly 5000 downloads in 2016.

The judges said

The judges loved that it was the team working together with their supporters to create something that would deliver real value to the supporters. Rather than being a one-off campaign, this will deliver long term for the supporters and the charity together. So the philosophy of enhancing the supporter’s experience leading to more funds raised was excellent.



Best Use of Events

For the campaign which demonstrates the best use of event fundraising.

For the campaign which demonstrates the best use of event fundraising. 

The Outward Bound Trust & Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

City Three Peaks

City Three Peaks was one of the most ambitious fundraising events the City of London had ever seen. On Monday 7th September 2015, 40 brave men and women abseiled three of London’s most iconic buildings; 30 St. Mary Axe, The Leadenhall Building and 20 Fenchurch Street – otherwise known as The Gherkin, The Cheesegrater and The Walkie-Talkie. With 564m/1916ft of descent, City Three Peaks was the longest civilian abseil in history and the first time that anyone had abseiled these three buildings before. City Three Peaks raised over £2 million for The Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. This life-changing sum was made possible by the partnership approach to the challenge between the two charities and the three buildings. Their unique collaboration will benefit the lives of young people as well as serving and former naval personnel and their families in the UK for years to come.

The judges said

This was a superbly executed event, connecting high net worth and corporate supporters with the cause, achieving not only a stunning ROI in the short term, but unlocking new, long-term opportunities for funding

Best Legacy or In-Memoriam Campaign

For the campaign which demonstrates innovation linked to success in the use of legacy or in-memoriam fundraising. 

 

 

For the campaign which demonstrates the best use of event fundraising.

 

*WINNER*

 

The Outward Bound Trust & Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

City Three Peaks

 

City Three Peaks was one of the most ambitious fundraising events the City of London had ever seen. On Monday 7th September 2015, 40 brave men and women abseiled three of London’s most iconic buildings; 30 St. Mary Axe, The Leadenhall Building and 20 Fenchurch Street – otherwise known as The Gherkin, The Cheesegrater and The Walkie-Talkie. With 564m/1916ft of descent, City Three Peaks was the longest civilian abseil in history and the first time that anyone had abseiled these three buildings before. City Three Peaks raised over £2 million for The Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. This life-changing sum was made possible by the partnership approach to the challenge between the two charities and the three buildings. Their unique collaboration will benefit the lives of young people as well as serving and former naval personnel and their families in the UK for years to come.

 

The judges said

 

This was a superbly executed event, connecting high net worth and corporate supporters with the cause, achieving not only a stunning ROI in the short term, but unlocking new, long-term opportunities for funding


 

Best Legacy or In-Memoriam Campaign

Friends of the Earth

Phil Michaels Legal Internship Fund

The Phil Michaels Legal Internship Fund was launched in February 2016 to fund two paid legal internships per year (each for a period of six months). It arose out of a desire to find a fitting memorial for Phil Michaels, Head of Legal at Friends of the Earth 2001-2010 and a leading environmental lawyer, who died in August 2014 aged just 42. Phil’s family wholeheartedly supported the campaign and their enthusiasm to raise money to continue Phil’s ground-breaking work has been truly inspiring. Our target is to raise £25,000 per annum to fund the scheme, initially for three years. Within two weeks of launching the campaign we had exceeded the target for year one and within three months of the launch we had raised sufficiently to fund year two. To date (just over six months after the launch) we are over halfway to the funds required for year three.

What the judges said 

This campaign really struck us as a perfectly fitting tribute to a former colleague. The momentum behind the campaign is fantastic, allowing them to achieve their target two years ahead of schedule.

Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign

For the campaign which demonstrates significant innovation on fundraising.

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral in LEGO

In 2013, Durham Cathedral launched Durham Cathedral in LEGO as part of its public appeal for Open Treasure.  The campaign, run predominantly by volunteers, engaged visitors in the building of a model replica of the Cathedral.  Donations of £1 per brick were given in return for bricks.  In total just under 300,000 LEGO bricks were donated raising over £300,000.  The campaign went global representing the first large-scale LEGO model to have been built by the public, with contributors from 182 countries worldwide.  It successfully engaged individuals, businesses, schools, and community groups and, in addition to the main Cathedral build, it constantly evolved to develop new and imaginative opportunities for people to lend their support including online giving, LEGO merchandise, and custom-made LEGO enhancements.  The completed model provides a valuable resource for interpreting the Cathedral to visitors and continues to be photographed and shared on social media reaching new audiences.

What the judges said

This campaign brought a smile to our faces! It was an extremely clever way to engage people and bring the appeal to life. The model was an innovative totalizer for the campaign and use of the model is an ongoing attraction. They created an incredibly different image of an appeal by a Cathedral and have demonstrated a willingness to share learnings with other organisations.

 

Best Use of Insight

For the best campaign or strategy where data and insight has delivered a significant impact and driven success.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Priority Audience Segmentation and Ethnographic Research

In 2012 Macmillan commenced its largest and most significant piece of research to-date, Priority Audiences, to create a big picture of the UK charity market, and pinpoint the audiences offering the most value, based on their actual charity support. The project has had a major impact on Macmillan’s fundraising with strategy now centred on Priority Audiences, and has also resulted in an increase in income of £74 million or 50% over the last three years.

What the judges said

This shows extraordinary planning, and demonstrates powerful strategy and innovation. It is particularly noteworthy for the fact that it's sector-wide, and not just looking at their own supporters. It's a great illustration of embedding segmentation across the entire organisation and delivering real fundraising uplift. It's been absolutely transformational for the organisation and gives longevity for future use, underpinning their fundraising but also affecting the entire organisation.

Fundraising Charity of the Year - Large

For any charity that, through the use of teamwork, has achieved considerable and recognisable fundraising success.

Save the Children

At Save the Children, putting supporters at the heart of our planning and decision-making has created significant income and change for children.

In 2015/16 we launched a Supporter Promise, clearly outlining our guarantee to supporters; we invested in exciting propositions (Den Day, Save the Children Club, Text Santa); we rolled out a new campaign manager and personalised journey planning for circa 90 supporter segments; and we developed a new supporter-centric telemarketing approach, with satisfaction scores of 4.7/5.

Combined with our innovative partnerships for creating impact (including Pearson, Sainsbury’s, Alwaleed Philanthropies, GSK), all this made for an extraordinary 2015. In the final year of our transformative Ambition 2015 strategy, the team smashed its four-year target of £500 million, raising £520 million, capped by a record breaking £148 million in 2015 alone (vs. £108 million in 2012). We’ve achieved scale (supporter base doubled) without compromising on quality (90% supporter satisfaction) and kept annual return-on-spend largely flat.

What the judges said

True passion and energy came from this exciting application. Save the Children have demonstrated great success over a range of activities and succeeded in over-achieving their multi-year £500 million target. We liked the clear focus on supporters, beneficiaries and staff, as well as results, as this will create true sustainability. Working at scale, we expected Save the Children, as a very large fundraising charity, to achieve the exceptional. And they have.

Fundraising Charity of the Year - Small

For any charity that, through the use of teamwork, has achieved considerable and recognisable fundraising success.

Youthscape

Youthscape, a small Luton-based community organisation, transformed itself into a national youth charity through a fundraising campaign that raised £3.2 million between 2013 and 2016.

The charity started as a local schoolswork project in 1993, and continues to work with teenagers in all of the nine high schools in Luton. Their work in therapeutic and chaplaincy work has grown into a range of national projects providing resources and training for youth workers nationally. Areas covered include self-harm, relationships education, support for young people in care and teenage emotional wellbeing.

The fundraising campaign saw the charity draw on individual giving, events, commercial partnerships and grant making organisations to cover the costs of the purchase and renovation of an Edwardian steam mill in the heart of Luton.

Innovative youth work, born in Luton, delivered everywhere.

What the judges said

This was a unanimous decision and was loved by all judges! Youthscape have demonstrated a real team effort and culture of philanthropy in everything that they do. They have brought measurable benefit to their local community through activities that are easily replicable in other smaller organisations. A small charity who have achieved big things!

Most Committed Company to the Sector

For a company who works alongside the sector and has demonstrated a true commitment to improving the fundraising capacities of the charities that it supports.

Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite is one of the leading charity law firms nationally, representing nearly 40% more charities in the top 3000 (by size) than any other law firm. We are embedded in the sector at every level, with our solicitors serving on over 60 charity boards.  Our many years of experience at the heart of the sector has given us a unique level of expertise in fundraising, not least from collaborating with the Institute of Fundraising at a policy level (including drafting the original Code) and on training initiatives, as well as working closely with other sector bodies including the FRSB,  NCVO, DSC and CFG. We regularly advise many of the leading fundraising charities on their fundraising initiatives, both in terms of compliance with law and regulation and contracting with agencies such as professional fundraisers.

What the judges said

Bates Wells Braithwaite have demonstrated real longevity, serving the sector since 1970. During this time, they have been at the forefront of case law development and advocating on behalf of the sector. The fact that their staff individually give up their time to sit on charity boards shows that a deep commitment to the sector is embedded in the heart of the organisation.

Best Fundraising Newcomer

For any professional fundraiser who, in the last two years, has shown aptitude, ability and success beyond their experience. 

Martha Huntley

Hand in Hand International

Martha Huntley arrived in our basement office in the spring of 2015, picked up the phone and started to dial. By the time she turned 26 a year later she’d raised US$2.1 million, transformed the way that we fundraise and put more than 50,000 of our beneficiaries on the path to sustainable, life-changing employment.

Not bad for Hand in Hand International’s youngest employee.

When we handed Martha Hand in Hand’s portfolio of corporate donors we expected her to be good. We knew, for example, that she could nurture existing relationships. What we got instead was greatness, lifting Hand in Hand 14% and almost US$1 million above our fundraising goal for the year.

So, how did she do it? With cheerful persistence, ruthless optimism, an international outlook and patient leadership… and a little more cheerful persistence.

What the judges said

In the short time she has been with the charity, Martha seems to have transformed the way they fundraise.

The nomination was beautifully written by Hand in Hand’s CEO, which shows tremendous support for fundraising at an organisational level. As a result, she was trusted and given the space to succeed.

Best Young Fundraiser

For an individual or group of children who, by their hard work, dedication and example, have made a significant difference to the charity or charities for whom they have volunteered.

Isabella Field

Haven House Children’s Hospice

11-year old Isabella Field tragically lost her sister Molly aged eight in September 2010 when she was just five years old. Molly was diagnosed with an incurable and inoperable brain tumour in March 2010 and devastatingly died in September 2010 just six months after her diagnosis.

In just four years, Isabella has raised over £110,000 for Haven House Children’s Hospice – the hospice that supported her and her family after Molly’s death. With support from her mum, Melanie, Isabella has organised numerous fundraising and awareness raising activities. The results of which have taken her as far as Brazil to present to 15,000 Rotarians. She is an incredible kind-hearted girl whose first concern is always helping others and she is always thinking of the next project she can take on. She has a maturity and strength well-beyond her years and is a worthy recipient of this award.

What the judges said

Isabella is an exceptional young person who has raised a staggering amount of money in memory of her late sister. She has raised awareness at an international level. Isabella's persistence over many years as a spokesperson for the cause is amazing to see.

Best Volunteer Fundraiser

For an individual or group who has made a major contribution to fundraising, over a significant period, for onr or more organisations without remuneration.

Julie Guthrie

Cancer Research UK

Julie Guthrie is an inspirational volunteer fundraiser, who has had a huge impact in engaging her networks, and in developing a successful new fundraising idea that has generated more than £580,000 for Cancer Research UK since 2010.

The experience of cancer in her family 21 years ago fuelled Julie’s determination to raise funds to support research into more effective treatments for sarcoma.

In 2010, she developed a simple and highly successful new fundraising concept – teams of volunteers to distribute brightly coloured pink gerberas in return for donations at Race for Life. This has helped to fund six sarcoma research projects.

What the judges said

It was impressive to see a non-professional fundraiser developing her own new fundraising initiative, which has obviously been well received by the women of the Race for Life events.  Not only was the concept innovative, but it is highly replicable at similar events.

The Gill Astarita Fundraiser of the Year

For a professional fundraiser who, in the view of the peers, has shown consistent excellence and best practice in achieving high quality fundraising through either their own efforts or their vision and strategy.

Chris Curtis

Youthscape

Since 2013, Chris Curtis has raised over £3 million for national youth work charity, Youthscape. This inspirational achievement is in addition to the charity's annual £800,000 turnover to fund its work.

The £3.2 million funded the purchase and renovation of an Edwardian steam flour mill in the centre of Luton, recently opened by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a state of the art youth centre. Chris was Youthscape's first schoolsworker in 1993 and has worked tirelessly since then, growing the local project into a team of over 25 staff and volunteers delivering youth work both locally and nationally.

Chris led the funding campaign with tenacity, vision and a strategic approach which generated donations from individuals, churches, staff, fundraising events and grant-making organisations. Chris' commitment to Youthscape's work and his determination to raise the funds sets an incredibly high standard which is reflected in the work delivered by the team.

Watch the video which introduced the Gill Astarita Fundraiser of the Year award on the night

 

What the judges said 

Chris’s achievement is phenomenal, raising £3.2 million in three years and transforming Youthscape. Through incredible dedication and innovation he has turned the charity, a small Luton-based community organisation into a national youth charity reaching out to provide support to even more young people.

Lifetime Contribution Award

For an individual who, over a sustained period of time, dedication and example, have made a significant difference to the charity or charities for whom they have volunteered.

John Baguley

International Fundraising Consultancy

Driven by the desire to help the world’s poorest people, John Baguley has dedicated more than 35 years of his career to fundraising. Be it as a fundraiser, a director, or a fundraising consultant, John has successfully grown the income of charities of all sizes, from driving Amnesty UK’s membership to over 100,000 to a capital appeal for a rehabilitation centre for Freedom from Torture. A fundraising stalwart, he launched the International Fundraising Consultancy (IFC), which provides not-for-profit organisations with expert fundraising services around the globe and has offices in 11 countries. John sees beyond making a profit, and his passion for enabling change means that he has provided leadership and inspiration by giving away IFC’s core service for free. IFC runs free monthly fundraising advice sessions, allowing small charities to access world-class advice and support from a professional consultancy that they would not normally be able to afford.

Watch the video which introduced the Lifetime Contribution award on the night


What the judges said

As well as being a unanimous decision by the judges this was also an easy one! John lives and breathes fundraising and his commitment and the impact of his ambition on the sector is immense. He cares passionately about the good causes supported by his work and is a truly great fundraiser.

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