Vicki Rasmussen claims the prestigious Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year prize at the FIA’s 19th annual awards ceremony. Andrew Sadauskas reports.

Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year Vicki Rasmussen.

Fundraising Institute Australia has unveiled the winners of its 2018 Awards for Excellence in Fundraising, with the awards presented at a gala dinner held during the organisation’s annual conference in Sydney.

The awards, now in their 19th year, showcase the outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of Australia’s best professional fundraisers, volunteers and organisations.

Organisations taking home a prize at the awards included the Lighthouse Foundation, Orygen: The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation, the NSW SES Volunteers Association and Bush Heritage Australia.

In the individual categories, long-serving FIA member Vicki Rasmussen won the prestigious Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year award, with Stacey Irving named as Young Fundraiser of the Year and Brittany Lovell claiming Volunteer of the Year .

In a statement, FIA CEO Rob Edwards said the winners are an inspiration to the sector.

“It is fabulous to see such an array of inspirational fundraisers whose stories have set an example for us all to follow into the future,” Mr Edwards said.

The winners of the 2018 FIA Awards for Excellence in Fundraising are:

  • Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year – Vicki Rasmussen FFIA CFRE
  • Young Fundraiser of the Year – Stacey Irving MFIA
  • Volunteer of the Year – Brittany Lovell
  • Fundraising Team of the Year – Fundraising and Marketing Team, Lighthouse Foundation
  • Most Innovative Campaign – Lighthouse Foundation
  • Most Outstanding Fundraising Project – Orygen: The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
  • Donor Acquisition (over $5million revenue) – Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation
  • Donor Acquisition (under $5million revenue) – NSW SES Volunteers Association
  • Donor Renewal (over $5million revenue) – Bush Heritage Australia
  • Donor Renewal (under $5million revenue) – Lighthouse Foundation
  • Major Gifts (over $5million revenue) – Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation
  • Bequests/Gifts in Wills (over $5million revenue) – Cerebral Palsy Alliance
  • Capital Campaigns (under $5million revenue) – Orygen: The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
  • Special Events (over $5million revenue) – Act for Peace

The 2018 FIA Excellence Award High Commendations are:

  • Donor Acquisition (over $5million) – The Smith Family
  • Donor Acquisition (under $5million) – RSPCA WA
  • Donor Renewal (over $5million) – National Heart Foundation
  • Donor Renewal (under $5million) – Berry Street
  • Major Gifts (over $5million) – Bush Heritage Australia
  • Bequests/Gifts in Wills (over $5million) – Cancer Council NSW
  • Special Events (over $5million) – CBM Australia & Breast Cancer Network Australia
  • Special Events (under $5million) – Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
  • Special or Emergency Projects (over $5million) – Act for Peace.

With over 1500 members, Fundraising Institute Australia is the largest representative body for the $12.5 billion charitable fundraising sector which is supported by some 14.9 million Australians. FIA members include charities operating domestically and internationally as well as the organisations and professionals that provide services to them. FIA advocates for the interests of the sector, administers a self-regulatory Code, educates fundraising practitioners, promotes research, and creates forums for the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

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