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The National Fundraising Awards are currently open for nominations. It's completely free and simple to enter, just click on the catergory below, Good Luck! 

Please read the category criteria carefully and make a note of this, as you will need it when submitting your nomination. For more information on the application process and top tips on creating a winning entry, visit our application process page.  

Best Business-Charity Partnership

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

This may be a local or national partnership and may cover a specific project or be a ‘charity of the year’ campaign.

Shortlisted entries will be able to demonstrate how the charity’s values have been integrated into the business throughout the duration of the partnership.

Judging will focus on the following areas: 

  • Campaign objectives
  • Mutual benefit - Why was this partnership particularly suitable for your charity? What were the mutual benefits for both parties?
  • Innovation - To what extent was the partnership innovative or ground breaking for the charity?
  • Forecasting - How was success intended to be measured? What was the projected income and impact?
  • Results – What were your actual results? If they were different from projections, please elaborate.
  • Impact – What was the overall impact of the partnership on your charity?

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Best Individual Giving Campaign

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

The application can be for affinity building or for new or current donors and should broadly show who the campaign was aimed at, what it intended to communicate, and how effectively it did so.

Applications may demonstrate new donor recruitment or donor development via any of the following techniques: 

  • Direct mail
  • Telephone fundraising
  • Face to face fundraising
  • Raffles and lotteries

Successful entries will demonstrate a level of innovation or new ground for your organisation and judging will focus on the following areas:

  • Campaign objectives - Include details of any agency used or size of in-house resources devoted to this campaign.
  • Rationale - What medium was used and why?
  • Forecasting – How was success intended to be measured? What was the projected income?
  • Results – Were they different from projections?
  • Innovation – To what extent was the campaign innovative or ground breaking for the charity?

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Best Use of Digital

This should be for a standalone digital fundraising campaign that utilised many different channels. Applications might demonstrate the use of social media, websites, blogs, viral marketing and smartphone apps.

Shortlisted entries will demonstrate true innovation and creative utilisation of digital media, achieving results that have made a significant impact on the work or reach of the charity.

Judging will focus on the following areas:

  • Objectives - Include details of any agency used or size of in-house resources devoted to this campaign.
  • Rationale – explain why digital was appropriate for this campaign
  • Method – forms of digital used and why
  • Forecasting – How was success intended to be measured? What was the projected income?
  • Actual results – were they different from projections?
  • Innovation – To what extent was the campaign innovative or ground breaking for the charity?

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Best Use of Events

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

This may be for any type of event used to raise charitable income and may include community, charity or special events.

Successful entries will provide a comparison of event income to overall fundraised income for the charity, clearly demonstrating the significant impact of the event on the charity.

They will also demonstrate a level of innovation or new ground for your organisation and judging will focus on the following areas:

  • Campaign objectives
  • Target audience – how were they reached?
  • Forecasting – how was success intended to be measured?
  • Reach – what non-financial results did you achieve?
  • Innovation – to what extent was this event innovative or ground breaking for your charity?
  • Support – what support was given by those outside of the immediate fundraising/events team? Please include CEO and board involvement if applicable.
  • Volunteers – how many volunteers were involved in the event? How were they recruited?

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Best Legacy Campaign

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

Successful entries will demonstrate that the values of the charity were reflected in the marketing of the campaign. This may be for a particularly innovative legacy campaign or a successful first time legacy attempt.

 Judging will focus on the following areas:

  • Campaign objectives
  • Rationale – Why was a legacy- campaign appropriate?
  • Success - How did you judge the success
  • Target audience – How did you select the audience for this campaign and why?
  • Creativity – How did you ensure that your campaign stood out from the crowd and/or grabbed the attention of the intended recipient?
  • Innovation – To what extent was this campaign innovative or ground breaking for the charity?

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Best Donor Experience 

NEW THIS YEAR! 

For a charity, department or individual that has placed donors at the heart of fundraising.

This award looks at how charities might operate and equip fundraisers to deliver the best donor experience based on identified best practice and shared examples.

Nominations should include:

  • What motivated and inspired new donors
  • How you looked at fundraising from the perspective of the donor
  • What methods were put in place to support the enhancement of the donor experience

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Fundraising Charity of the Year – Large (over £5 million total annual income)

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

This category is for charities which have a total annual income of £5 million or above.

For any charity that, through the nature of teamwork, has achieved considerable and recognisable fundraising success in respect of an activity, or series of activities, which took place in whole or part during the eligible period.

Nominations may include some or all of the following information:

  • The outputs achieved by the charity that merit recognition. Tell the ‘story’ behind the success
  • The reasons that lie behind the success
  • The steps that have been taken to ensure that this success can be replicated year on year
  • What the charity has learned from the experience
  • What impact the fundraising activity has had on the charity or beneficiaries.

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Fundraising Charity of the Year – Small (under £5 million total annual income)

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

This category is for charities which have a total annual income of less than £5 million.

For any charity that, through the nature of teamwork, has achieved considerable and recognisable fundraising success in respect of an activity, or series of activities, which took place in whole or part during the eligible period.

Nominations may include some or all of the following information:

  • The outputs achieved by the charity that merit recognition. Tell the ‘story’ behind the success
  • The reasons that lie behind the success
  • The steps that have been taken to ensure that this success can be replicated year on year
  • What the charity has learned from the experience
  • What impact the fundraising activity has had on the charity or beneficiaries.

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Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign

For the campaign which demonstrates significant innovation in fundraising.

This award can be made either to an application specifically for this category or awarded to an entry in another category that shows a suitably innovative approach. Specific innovative ideas and new treatments of current fundraising techniques will also be considered.

Successful entries will demonstrate the adoption of existing practice in a new and innovative fashion or in a sector where that practice has been little used up to this point.  This award is intended to recognise innovation in the sector and not just innovation within the charity nominated.

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Best Fundraising Newcomer

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

Nominees may be of any age but should have been employed as a fundraiser for less than three years. Part-time work of 20 hours per week or less should be counted at half the normal rate, so that someone who has worked for three years at 18 hours per week and one year full-time would be eligible.

Nominations should describe how the nominee has had a major impact on the organisation for which they work. Examples which the judges might expect to see include:

  • Significant fundraising success
  • Successful fundraising volunteer management
  • Development of good teamwork capabilities
  • Leadership skills
  • Developing the talents of others
  • The development of new or innovative fields of fundraising work for the charity
  • The engagement people or communities with no previous connection to the charity.
  • The successful nominee should show potential for management roles in the future.

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Best Young Fundraiser (15 years or under)

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.

Nominated entrants must be 15 or under as of 31 December 2017.

Nominees must work with a charity or charities on an unpaid basis or whose remuneration is so insignificant, in the context of the time they have spent working for the charity, that it is considered inconsequential.

Nominations should be made either by the charity for whom the volunteer has worked, by fellow volunteers at the charity or by some other person connected with the charity. They cannot be made by the nominee.

Successful nominations are likely to include some or all of the following information:

  • The background story in respect of the nominee’s work for the charity
  • The length of time that the volunteer has been involved with the organisation
  • The nature and extent of the fundraising undertaken
  • The significance and difference this fundraising has made to the organisation or a particular community
  • The ways in which this contribution has already been recognised by any other body or agency
  • Ways in which the volunteer has been an inspiration to others.

Judges' insight: "We're really looking for young people who have been motivated to do the fundraising themselves, taken the initiative themselves and really made a significant difference not just in income but also other ways."

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Best Volunteer Fundraiser

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

This award is for someone, or a team of people, who by their hard work, dedication and example have made a difference to the charity or charities for which they have worked on a voluntary basis.

Nominees must work with a charity or charities on an unpaid basis or whose remuneration is so insignificant, in the context of the time they have spent working for the charity, that it is considered inconsequential.

Nominations should be made either by the charity for whom the volunteer has worked or by the volunteer themselves.

Successful nominations are likely to include some or all of the following information:

  • The background story in respect of the nominee’s work for the charity
  • The length of time that the volunteer has been involved with the organisation
  • The nature and extent of the fundraising undertaken
  • The significance and difference this fundraising has made to the organisation or a particular community
  • The ways in which this contribution has already been recognised by any other body or agency
  • Ways in which the volunteer has been an inspiration to others.

Judges' insight: "Important to demonstrate impact on the charity/ community beyond just income raised or number of years volunteering."

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Most Committed Company to the Sector

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

Entries may be made by any company that works alongside the charity sector and of which at least 50% of its clients are not-for-profit.

Nominations may be made by the organisation itself or on its behalf by any interested parties.

Successful entries will be from companies that can demonstrate a long history of going the extra mile and ensuring that their charity clients get exceptional value for money.

Successful entries are likely to include:

  • Details of the organisation’s history of involvement in the charity sector
  • Demonstration of consistent excellence and significant results in fundraising
  • Demonstration of a significant increase in the charity’s fundraising performance over a period of time as a result of the nominee’s involvement
  • Testimonial from at least one recent client
  • A demonstration of true value for money and return on investment

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Gill Astarita Fundraiser of the Year

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

This Award is given each year in memory of Gill Astarita, who died in September 2008.

Gill was a very special fundraiser who worked for Prisoners Abroad, Addaction, Pre-School Learning Alliance, Volunteer Reading Help and Action for Blind People.

Gill was a passionate and inspirational leader who mixed fun, hard work, creativity and achievement. She displayed all the hallmarks of a great fundraiser and these, combined with her leadership as a Chief Executive, are a fitting inspiration for this award.

Anyone working as a fundraiser for any organisation, which is charitable in law, may win this award.

Nominations may be made by anyone except the nominee. They are most likely to be made by a senior member of staff at the organisation at which the nominee works, or from one of the nominees peers at another charity.

The nomination should explain the context and background to the individual’s nomination and will include some or all of the following information:

  • Demonstration of consistent excellence and significant results in fundraising
  • Demonstration of a significant increase in the charity’s fundraising performance over a period of time as a result of the nominee’s involvement
  • Demonstration of leadership
  • A commitment to pass on knowledge and skills to other fundraisers
  • A record of successful volunteer management
  • Ability to develop the talents of others
  • The development of new or innovative fields of fundraising work for the charity
  • The engagement people or communities with no previous connection to the charity

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Lifetime Contribution Award

For an individual who, over a sustained period of time, has shaped the fundraising community and environment through their actions, leadership or intellect.

This award will be made to the recipient who, in the opinion of the Institute of Fundraising’s Trustee board, has made a profound and lasting contribution to the fundraising community and environment, and whose conduct and character enjoy the esteem and admiration of colleagues in the industry.

This award may not be given to a donor solely because of their philanthropy but it could be given for encouraging the philanthropy of others. The nominee may or may not be well known to the public.

The individual must have had a long, professional career in the charity sector, spanning 10 years or more.

A nomination may be made by any interested party, other than the nominee themselves.

Successful nominations are likely to include:

  • A synopsis of the nominee’s career and involvement in fundraising
  • The period of time over which the contribution has been made by the nominee
  • An explanation of why their work is of a lasting nature, having an impact beyond their own immediate environment
  • A demonstration of leadership by example
  • Evidence of inspirational actions, thinking and/or behaviour.

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