This year’s awards acknowledge ground-breaking innovation and creativity in response to the continuing pandemic, alongside an unbreakable commitment to best practice fundraising and exceptional donor care.

The Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) has announced the finalists and state winners in the annual ‘FIA Awards for Excellence in Fundraising’.  

The awards provide a platform and opportunity for Australian fundraisers to tell their organisation’s story and to profile and reward their fundraising teams and volunteers by showcasing the impactful work they undertake every day. And after the two years we’ve had, there couldn’t be a better time for nonprofits to shout about their impact from the rooftops.  

The theme of innovation shines through in this year’s awards, a true testament to the resilience and ingenuity demonstrated by the NFP sector during the pandemic, which has often found itself at the coalface of COVID-19’s impact.  

All winners will be announced at the FIA Awards Gala Dinner in Sydney on Thursday 24 February 2022. You can purchase your tickets to the event here 

Our congratulations to all of these deserving organisations and individuals. Here they are:  

Most Innovative Campaign Finalists  

Children’s Cancer Institute 

Children’s Cancer Institute’s CEO Dare to Cure 

Lighthouse Foundation 


Plan International Australia 

Girls Education & Empowerment Fund 

Royal Flying Doctor Service (Western Operations) 

Flying Doctor Day 

Best Supporter Experience Finalists  

Children’s Cancer Institute 

2020/21 Regular Giving EOFY Campaign 

MS Queensland 

Best at Thank you 

Surf Life Saving Western Australia 

SLSWA Beach Champions 

World Animal Protection 

The Protector (quarterly newsletter for Animal Protectors) 

Fundraising Impact through Creativity Finalists   

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre 

ASRC Telethon on World Refugee Day 

CBM Australia 

2021 Save Sight “Hope Grower” Campaign 

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research 

Perkins Steps to Better Health Campaign 

Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria 

Flying Doctor Memory Lane – The memory of a lifetime 

Surf Life Saving Western Australia 

SLSWA Beach Champions 

The Smith Family 

“I had no idea” – The Smith Family – Child Sponsorship DRTV Campaign 

UNICEF Australia 

Nomii the UNICEF Reindeer’s Christmas Delivery 

Wayside Chapel 

Wayside Chapel’s Winter Appeal 2021 

Impact on a Shoestring Finalists  

Bears Of Hope Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Inc 

Choosing Hope – A walk of honour and remembrance in support of bereaved families 

Bendigo Health Fundraising & Foundation 

How a Christmas appeal evolved a centre for paediatric excellence 

Engineers Without Borders Australia 

EWB On the Ground Appeal 

Glaucoma Australia 

End of Financial Year Appeal 2021 

Launceston City Mission 

City Mission Winter Appeal 

Best Strategic Partnerships Finalists  

Australian Red Cross 

For their partnership: Australia Post and Australian Red Cross – Supporting communities before, during and after disasters. 

Australian Red Cross & Save the Children 

For their partnership: Red Cross / Save the Children / QBE Global Disaster Relief and Resilience Partnership 

Brotherhood of St Laurence 

For their partnership: Brotherhood of St. Laurence and Citi Foundation: Youth Employment 

McGrath Foundation 

For their partnership: McGrath Foundation, Cricket Australia and the SCG – a True Partnership 

The Salvation Army 

For their partnership: The Salvation Army and Woolworths Group: S.T.A.N.D partnership 

The Smith Family 

For their partnership: Ampol and The Smith Family 

Impact through Events Finalists  

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) 

Feast for Freedom (2021) 

Cancer Council NSW 

The Longest Day 

Children’s Cancer Institute 

Children’s Cancer Institute’s CEO Dare to Cure 

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research 

Walk for Women’s Cancer 

Leukaemia Foundation 

Light the Night 2020 

Soldier On 

March On with Soldier On 

Wayside Chapel 

Wayside Chapel’s Long Walk Home 2020 

Best Pivot Campaign or Initiative Finalists   

Bears Of Hope Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Inc 

Choosing Hope – A walk of honour and remembrance in support of bereaved families 2020 

Catholic Mission 

Socktober 2020 

Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation 

Uniting and empowering the community to Fight Cancer their way, during a time of isolation, lockdowns and travel restrictions 

The Salvation Army 

Turning the Red Shield Appeal doorknock into a digital one 

Wayside Chapel 

Wayside Chapel’s Long Walk Home 2020 

Fundraising Impact through Technology Finalists  

Lighthouse Foundation 


Telco Together Foundation 

Small Change Big Change 

World Animal Protection 

Digital Acquisition Gifts in Wills Campaign 

Supplier Team of the Year Finalists  

Adflex Marketing 

Nominated by: Royal Life Saving Society WA 

Donor Republic  

Nominated by: Foodbank NSW & ACT 

Engage & Experience 

Nominated by: Vision Australia 


Volunteer of the Year State Winners  

Betty Webb – WA 

Volunteer at The Smith Family 

Josie Dincel – NSW 

Volunteer at Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation 

Fundraising Team of the Year State Winners  

Cancer Council NSW – NSW 

Marketing & Fundraising Division 

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research – WA 

MS Queensland – QLD 

Supporter Impact Team 

Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria – VIC 

Team Fundraising & Philanthropy 

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre – High Commendation – VIC 

Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation – High Commendation – VIC 

Royal Life Saving Society WA – High Commendation – WA 

Young Fundraiser of the Year State Winners  

Alexandra Dobbing – NSW 

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation 

Grace Burnfield – WA 

Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research 

Tom Hansford – VIC 

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre 

Meaghan Donaldson – High Commendation – VIC  

MacKillop Family Services 

Rebecca Stone – High Commendation – NSW  

University of Newcastle  

Individual Award Winners  

The Fundraising Champion of the Year, the Fundraiser of the Year, and the Arthur Venn Lifetime Achievement Award will all be announced at the Gala Awards Dinner on Thursday 24 February in Sydney 2022. 

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