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Winners of Inaugural National Fundraising Awards Announced

Winners of Inaugural National Fundraising Awards Announced

The winners of the inaugural National Fundraising were announced at a special ceremony at the Four Season’s Hotel in Simmonscourt on Tuesday, 30 September.

The Fundraiser of the Year Award went to Peter Ireton of Bóthar, an organisation that specialises in providing livestock to families in developing countries. The judges were impressed by both the “innovative approach” and “sustainable nature” of Ireton’s fundraising.

Concern, a charity focused on providing emergency humanitarian and development aid, won the Fundraising Campaign of the Year Award for their campaign “Help Concern without spending a cent”. This focused on increasing the level of return of CHY2 forms from higher level donors and was very successful. This is of course an issue for all charities.

A second award was made to Legacy Promotions in a sub-category for smaller organisations. You may be aware that their legacy advertising campaign was recently launched. More information on

The Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award was shared by Caroline Downey (for Exploration Station and others) and Maureen Forrest (for the Hope Foundation). Volunteers make an enormous contribution to Irish charities and by association to Irish society and we were particularly delighted to make these awards.

The National Fundraising Awards is the highest accolade for fundraisers working in Ireland’s community, voluntary and charity organisations. Developed by Fundraising Ireland and The Wheel and sponsored by the Vodafone Ireland Foundation, the awards aim to improve the standard of fundraising practice in Ireland.

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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