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Congrats

Congratulations to this year's shortlist

Congratulations to those shortlisted!

View the shortlist

Join us at the ceremony, 3rd July

Congratulations to this year's winners and finalists!

#Lifechangers

 

Past Awards

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. 

Lifetime Contribution Award

Lyndall Stein

Lyndall Stein

In Lyndall’s own words, “the most important thing I have learned is that it is a privilege to be a fundraiser. When you are working on the toughest issues in the hardest times, you know that your blood, sweat and tears will be turned to gold, that your work will be meaningful, relevant and will matter, that you will be able to look back and say, along with Edith Piaf, ‘non, je ne regrette rien.’ Of course there are other benefits... like getting kissed by George Michael and Nelson Mandela!”

What the judges said...

"This was an overwhelmingly unanimous decision by the judges. Lyndall is a stand-out winner of the Lifetime Contribution Award and deserves several lifetime awards. She was and remains instrumental in some of the biggest fundraising campaigns in the world and the impact of her work is lasting and tangible."

Watch Lyndall's testimonial video which was shown at the Awards ceremony

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The Gill Astarita Fundraiser of the Year

Leah Mates, British Heart Foundation

Leah Mates

 

'Driven', 'focussed', 'a catalyst for change', 'a growth mind set' are just four comments that have been used within British Heart Foundation in association with Leah. She has had an extraordinary impact within fundraising, not just through what she has delivered, but “how” she has delivered. Leah is a fundraiser for tomorrow and she is going to be a seriously impressive Fundraising Director in the not too distant future! 

What the judges said....

"Leah is a fantastic winner; innovative and driven and clearly had to overcome barriers to get products out. Leah sets standards to which others can aspire." 

Watch Leah's testimonial video which was shown at the Awards ceremony

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Best Business-Charity Partnership

Autistica and Deutsche Bank

Autistica and Deutsche Bank

Autistica is one Deutsche Bank’s two Charities of the Year for 2016-18. In 2016, the partnership between Autistica and Deutsche Bank raised a record £1.1 million plus for Autistica. 

Through this partnership, Deutsche Bank is at the forefront of autism-friendly employment and Autistica has been transformed from a small charity to the leading independent funder of autism research in Europe. 

What the judges said... 

"The scale of ambition is brilliant! The ability to move the cause forward on many fronts simultaneously, utilising existing skills and contacts, was recognised by all the judges." 

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Best Individual Giving Campaign

Crisis

Crisis

 

Crisis at Christmas is a hugely successful integrated marketing campaign raising vital funds and awareness for homeless people across the UK. 

The success of this campaign has enabled Crisis to drive forward with ambitious plans to end homelessness for good.

What the judges said...

"This campaign had a really strong, well thought out strategy with clever innovation. The results were clear. It’s amazing to be profitable at recruitment, using TV to recruit 13,815 new donors at an average gift of £37."

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Best Use of Digital

Alzheimer's Research UK

Alzheimer's Research UK

Running Down Dementia saw the partnership between Alzheimer’s Research UK and parkrun UK flourish via a cutting-edge digital campaign. 

Not only did the campaign achieve its initial objective, but many participants have taken on other fundraising activities, set up groups and taken part in challenges with others met through Running Down Dementia. 

What the judges said...

"This shows a real understanding of an existing community and strong partnership. This is a brilliant example of how a small charity can build a sustainable campaign with a high return on investment."

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Best Use of Events

Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice 

Bluebell Wood

Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice Soap Box Derby was one of the most successful community events the children’s hospice has ever organised, delivering impressive results in terms of impact, engagement and fundraising. They invited 30 teams to create and bring their own karts to race over ramps, jumps and bumps on a 500 metre course at Clifton Park in Rotherham.

What the judges said... 

"Highly innovative and creative.  They devised new and innovative ways of engaging a wide, diverse mix of potential supporters, using a good mix of media, community fundraising, PR and digital platforms. All this was achieved on a limited budget and has potential to be replicated year on year."

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Best Legacy or In-Memoriam Campaign

Barnardo’s

Barnardo's and QualitySolicitors

The Barnardo’s Will Scheme is a powerful collaboration between an innovative Children’s Charity and a customer service driven network of law firms.  Participants have the opportunity to ‘leave a vulnerable child someone to turn to’, by including a legacy in their Wills to Barnardo’s, alongside loved ones, at no cost to them, via a local solicitor. 

What the judges said... 

"This has the potential to be a game-changer for the sector, and not just for the large charities.  Responding to the new generation with online will-writing could see an increase in legacy income for many charities. It’s encouraging to see so much collaboration from large charities on such a difficult topic."    

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Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign

War Child

War Child

War Child Armistice is an innovative fundraising campaign encouraging pacifist gameplay within video games through bespoke content, DLC (downloadable content), 'Pacifist Runs' and game sales revenue donations. The goal was to raise awareness and money to support children living with the brutality of war.  The campaign took place in November and December 2016 and was supported by games including Verdun, World of Tanks, Democracy 3, and 1979 Revolution: Black Friday. 

What the judges said... 

"A powerful intervention for game-players, introducing an element of peace to otherwise violent games and providing a platform for learning experiences.  This has massive scope to explore more opportunities with new audiences. We look forward to seeing how this is scaled up and learnings shared with the sector."

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Best Use of Insight

CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent

Using machine learning techniques, CLIC Sargent can extract value from data where it wasn't immediately apparent before, producing targeted campaigns based on propensity and increase net income fromonce considered deeply lapsed or unsuitable targets.

Moreover, the model was built utilising free open source softwaremeaning this technique can be replicated across the sector. As a medium sized charity, we're incredibly proud of the initiative taken to keep up with innovative technologies, especially those so leading edge.

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Fundraising Charity of the Year (Large)

Crisis

Crisis

Responding to public perceptions of fundraising, they developed the ‘supporter in the room’ concept. This means that in every interaction, fundraisers imagine that a Crisis supporter is in the room and would be 100% happy with what they do and say.  

Crisis fundraisers are passionate about ending homelessness, they volunteer at Christmas, in services and proactively involve Crisis clients in their work. 

What the judges said... 

"We love the ‘Supporter in the room’ ethos and the value of the team by celebrating ‘Fundraiser of the month’. They have a hugely exciting approach to fundraising that is delivering great results. Even when homelessness was not a high profile issue, Crisis had strong sustained income growth." 

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Fundraising Charity of the Year (Small)

Autistica

Autistica

Autistica’s new fundraising strategy focuses on leveraging a new corporate partnership with Deutsche Bank, to generate income and other relationships and seeking partnerships in sectors with an affinity for autism. Alongside this,  they also wanted to create visionary research proposals and high quality stewardship plans, while innovating across income streams, and to demonstrate relevance to beneficiaries through campaigning, policy and information.

What the judges said... 

"Autistica have a strong strategic link between cause and fundraising. It’s a wonderful demonstration of what a small charity can achieve - the partnership with Deutsche Bank was the highest amount raised by the smallest charity partner ever!" 

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Most Committed Company to the Sector

JustGiving

JustGiving

Sixteen years ago, a friend called another friend and changed the face of giving. Since that first conversation between Anne-Marie Huby (then at Medicine San Frontier) and Zarine Kharas (now Dame), they have continued to lead a revolution that has allowed 25,000 causes find $4billion in funding online. From those early beginnings, JustGiving has revolutionised the way charities fundraise, and is constantly evolving through investment in technology, people, and ideas to make sure that no good cause goes unfunded. 

What the judges said... 

"Justgiving have a long-term commitment and have transformed fundraising. They support all charities regardless of their size.  Constant innovation and adaption to the climate keeps them leading the way."

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Best Fundraising Newcomer

Emma Smith, Cats Protection

Emma Smith

Emma joined the Cats Protection direct marketing team as a fresh-faced university graduate two years ago. She had zero experience in fundraising, but hit the ground running from day one, challenging existing ways of working and bringing new and innovative ideas to the table. From revitalising tired creatives through content marketing strategies, to bringing the Cats Protection direct mail activity into the 21st century with digital integration, Emma is always looking at how to  improve campaign performance and enhance the supporters’ experience along the way.

What the judges said...

"Emma has raised substantial income over just two years and there is strong evidence of wider impact to the work of Cats Protection.  Emma clearly leads and supports on key activity and has gained a breadth of experience in a short amount of time, grabbing every opportunity she has been given."

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Best Young Fundraiser

Cody McManus, Cody's Xmas Toy Box 

Cody

Sadly many children wake up on Xmas morning to no gifts to open, returning to school with no stories to share.  Eight year old Cody decided to do something about this.  Organising his own charity boxing event, he trained to box eight other boxers back to back, in the hope people would donate new unwrapped toys.  Cody spread the word and begged others to care like him. Over six weeks, Cody's dream became a reality when he filled a boxing ring with toys. Successfully completing his physical challenge Cody delivered £12,000 worth of toys to children who deserve to be happy on Christmas morning. 

What the judges said... 

"Cody used initiative to respond to a need which allowed for multiple ways to give.  He took a simple idea that ‘every child deserves a toy’ and, with significant personal commitment, drove the campaign. He is extremely altruistic to consider others, as there was not directly anything in this for him."

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Best Volunteer Fundraiser

Ben Smith, Kidscape

Ben Smith

Ben Smith completed an unimaginable challenge - running a marathon every day for 401 consecutive days. After experiencing bullying as a child, leading to severe mental health problems in early adulthood, including two suicide attempts, Ben suffered a mini-stroke at the age of just 29. He took up running as part of his recovery and realised that completing an ultra-running challenge could help charities that tackle bullying and prejudice.  

Raising over £300,000 for two charities (Kidscape and Stonewall), Ben smashed his initial target of £250,000. Whilst on the road for over a year, he found time to give over 100 talks to schools about his challenge and the reasons behind it, encouraging young people to speak out and seek help. His sporting achievement is without compare and his fundraising efforts beyond anything we have ever seen before. 

What the judges said... 

"Ben clearly dedicated everything to this challenge, and it resulted in him raising a staggering amount for two charities. He has made a difference with Kidscape as he has continued to be an ambassador and has become a strong role model. Ben generated widespread media coverage and as a result others are now accessing the services of the charities he has supported."

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