Lise Taylor reveals the organisations and individuals honoured at the 2017 Fundraising Institute Awards.


fia awards 2017When Fundraising Institute Australia held its 2017 Awards for Excellence in Fundraising event in February, a host of awards were handed out. Although fewer honours were awarded this year – the quality of the winners raised the bar for the sector.

Triple treat plus a double-up

Congratulations go to Act for Peace for its Ration Challenge, which won three categories – Most Innovative Fundraising Project, Donor Acquisition Over $5 Million and Special Events Over $5 Million – and raised $2.1 million in 2016 alone (turn to case study on page 32).
Following closely behind was a double-up, with The University of Melbourne scooping both Most Outstanding Fundraising Project and Capital Campaigns Over $5 Million awards. These were for its Believe campaign, which is now set to raise an incredible $1 billion by 2021.

Donor acquisition and renewal

When it came to acquisition and renewal, five nonprofits were hailed for their success. Act for Peace won Donor Acquisition Over $5 Million and ActionAid followed up by scooping the Under $5 Million section with its End FGM Acquisition Campaign to end female genital mutilation. The charity has received $170,273 in revenue to date and 4,117 new donors. 

For the donor renewal awards, Children’s Cancer Institute and Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation shared top honours for the Over $5 Million category, the Children’s Cancer Institute for its Charlie’s Promise campaign (see page 34) and Peter Mac for its 2016 direct mail tax appeal. VisAbility Guide Dogs WA received the Under $5 Million award for its donor renewal campaign to prepare a new generation of guide dogs.

Major gifts, bequests, capital campaigns and special events

Winning their respective Over $5 Million categories were Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation for its Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy major gifts campaign, Bush Heritage Australia for its Bush Legacy Circle bequest reconfirmation campaign, The University of Melbourne for its capital campaign and Act for Peace for its event.

Individuals who have made a difference

The Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year award was handed to Jo Garner from Strategic Grants for excellence in grants philanthropy (see page 31) – while Charlotte Sangster, National Development Manager at Frontier Services, was honoured with the Young Fundraiser of the Year award (turn to page 33). May Cameron, 81, was awarded Volunteer of the Year for her 45 years of work for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. In her time, she has helped to raise $923,916.56. 

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