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Institute names award in honour of Gill Astarita

Gill Astarita

The Institute of Fundraising is to rename one of its National Awards in honour of Gill Astarita, chief executive of Volunteer Reading Help, who died earlier this month.

The Fundraiser of the Year award, which is sponsored by UK Fundraising, will become the Gill Astarita Fundraiser of the Year award.

Gill spent most of her working life as an inspirational fundraiser, supporting and mentoring fundraisers in her teams and beyond and working tirelessly to bring fundraising to the fore of charity activity.


Gift acceptance and due diligence course by Kerry Rock. Background image (filtered yellow) of one hand on the left with thumb down, and on the right a hand with a thumb up.

Her husband Mark said: “I know Gill would be deeply honoured that the Institute of Fundraising is to rename its Fundraiser of the Year award in her name for evermore. I think it’s a fitting tribute to a pioneer fundraiser, an outstanding fundraiser who never sought the limelight but would be so chuffed that she will be remembered forever by her peers in this way.”