The winners of the inaugural National Fundraising Awards 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 Ireland in a sub-category for smaller organisations. You may be aware that their legacy advertising campaign was recently launched. More information on www.mylegacy.ie
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.
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