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Five countries compete for excellence in fundraising

SA wins award as Global Fundraiser
Louise Driver wins Global Fundraiser award

Excellence in fundraising within Germany, Spain, Ireland, South Africa and the Philippines was celebrated on 16 October 2013 at the Global Awards for Fundraising ceremony, hosted by the Resource Alliance during its International Fundraising Congress (IFC).

The Global Awards for Fundraising recognise quality and creativity of organisations and individuals in four categories:

Global Fundraiser: winner – Louise Driver, Children’s Hospital Trust (South Africa)

This category recognises an individual with five years’ fundraising experience who demonstrates fundraising success over a sustained period of two years or more. The award went to Louise Driver, chief executive of the Children’s Hospital Trust, for her hands-on, dynamic fundraising approach and recent successes which include forging a child healthcare partnership between the provincial and Western Cape Government and raising R58.7million of project funding in 2011 and R41.7million in 2012 for paediatric healthcare projects.

Shortlisted: Elena Zanella, Centro Clinico Nemo (Spain); Lisa Dunne, Focus Ireland (Ireland)

 

Big Idea, Small Budget: winner – CRIS Cancer (Spain)
This category recognises small and medium organisations that have introduced a successful new fundraising idea or stream of revenue on a small budget in the past 12-24 months. The award went to Spain’s first and only non-profit dedicated to cancer research for their classical music concert and fundraiser in Madrid, which matched bars of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with seats sold for charity - any unsold seat would result in an un-played bar. The event sold out.

 

Shortlisted: North West Hospice for 400 Brides (Ireland); EMMS International for Crisis at Chinchpada (UK)Innovative Fundraising Campaign: winner – Städel Museum (Germany)
This category recognises organisations for a fundraising campaign demonstrating innovation and opportunity for replication within the last 12-24 months. The award went to Städel Museum’s campaign to help build their new Frankfurt museum. The campaign gained accolades for its individualised approach that allowed schools, neighbourhood pubs, football clubs and more to take part, all promoted with a popular visual icon: a yellow builders boot.

Shortlisted: Peter Mac for Integrated Donor Development Strategy (Australia); St. John for St John is a charity (New Zealand)

 

Outstanding Volunteer: winner – Alexandra Eduque, Habitat for Humanity (Philippines)
This category recognises an individual volunteer whose work has made significant impact on the fundraising success of an organisation. Winner Alexandra Madrigal Eduque initiated the Habitat for Humanity Youth Council (HYC) to fundraise and raise awareness on the issue of sub-standard housing and how this affects young people. Alexandra recruited youth campus leaders to community development projects and raised P2million to develop an early childhood alternative learning programme for Habitat communities.

Shortlisted: Aurelio Luglio, Italian Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Society (AIL), Bologna Chapter (Italy); Jeff ‘Joffa’ Corfe, Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria (Australia)

Alexandra Eduque also won the IFC choice award, as voted for by guests at the event.

 

The winners of each category received a trophy and certificate. All shortlisted candidates have been showcased in a casebook which is distributed to approximately 1,000 guests at the ceremony, and publicised through the Resource Alliance website.

Neelam Makhijani, chief executive of the Resource Alliance, said: “Congratulations to all tonight’s inspirational winners and shortlisted entries; we are proud to recognise your achievements. The awards are a truly international affair - this year alone the Resource Alliance received entries from Australia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, UK and Zambia. Our awards celebrate the best of the best in the fundraising world and provide a global platform to share innovation and new ideas.”

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