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Shortlist announced for 2017 IoF National Fundraising Awards

Shortlist announced for 2017 IoF National Fundraising Awards

The has announced the shortlist for the National Fundraising , now in their 27th year.

Each year the awards recognise excellent fundraising by charities, agencies and individual fundraisers. There are 14 categories including Best Fundraising Newcomer and Best Fundraising Charity of the Year, and Most Committed Company to the Sector.

The awards are the only accolades in the sector for fundraisers by fundraisers. Those shortlisted demonstrate a range of dedication, creativity, determination and collaborative working.

The winners will be announced at a celebratory evening ceremony and dinner at the Brewery in London on Monday 3rd July 2017, at the end of the first day of the IoF’s Fundraising Convention.

The shortlists for 12 of the Awards were announced this morning. The remaining two individual awards – the Lifetime Contribution Award and Gill Astarita Fundraiser of the Year Award – will be announced on the night.

Howard Lake, Chair of the judges, said:

“The charities shortlisted for this year’s awards are an inspiration to us all. Their hard work, dedication, passion and innovation shine through in the stories and examples of excellent fundraising they represent. They are some of the best in the sector and as a fundraising community we should all be proud of them and offer our thanks and congratulations. We now look forward to finding out who the winners are at the National Awards ceremony on 3rd of July.”

Ruth Ruderham, one of the judges, said:

‘It was a great privilege to judge the National Fundraising Awards. As always, the shortlist was full of charities – both large and small – demonstrating best practice fundraising from which the rest of the sector can learn. But this year, I was particularly impressed by the way so many charities were being creative and finding new ways to really engage their supporters in their cause. The combination of excellence and innovative was really inspirational.’

Shortlist for National Fundraising Awards 2017

Best Business Charity Partnership

For the best relationship between a charity and a business that provides mutual benefit to both parties.

  • Autistica/Deutsche Bank – Deutsche Bank Charity of the Year
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity/Wesleyan – Magnolia House
  • Macmillan/Npower
  • Place2Be/Bank of America


Best Individual Giving Campaign

For the campaign that demonstrates the best use of an individual giving campaign. 

  • Crisis – Crisis At Christmas
  • Crisis – Croydon Skylight Appeal
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Diamond Challenge
  • Macmillan – Christmas Futures Appeal


Best Use of Digital

For the campaign that demonstrates the best use of digital in a fundraising campaign. 

  • Alzheimer’s Research UK – Running Down Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s Society – Enabling increased giving online for the Alzheimer’s Society
  • British Heart Foundation – Gift of Hope & Give in Celebration
  • Yes2Ventures – Gardeners Rest Community Society


Best Use of Events

For the campaign that demonstrates the best use of event fundraising. 

  • Battersea Dogs and Cats Home – The Muddy Dog Challenge
  • Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice – Soapbox Derby 2016
  • British Heart Foundation – London to Brighton Offroad Bike Ride
  • Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity – Evelina London Zip


Best Legacy or In-Memoriam Campaign

For the campaign that demonstrates innovation linked to success in the use of legacy or in-memoriam fundraising.

  • Barnardo’s – The Barnardo’s Will Scheme
  • Cancer Research UK – The Life Garden
  • Unicef – We are the Generation

Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign

For the campaign that demonstrates significant innovation in fundraising.


Best Use of Insight

For the best campaign or strategy where data and insight have delivered a significant impact and driven success.

The shortlist for this category is derived from the IoF Insight in Fundraising SIG Awards


Fundraising Charity of the Year – Large

For any charity that, through the use of teamwork, has achieved considerable and recognisable fundraising success. 

  • Alzheimer’s Research UK
  • Cats Protection
  • Crisis
  • War Child


Fundraising Charity of the Year – Small

For any charity that, through the use of teamwork, has achieved considerable and recognisable fundraising success. 

  • Autistica
  • British Hen Welfare Trust
  • Chiltern Open Air Museum
  • Providence Row


Most Committed Company to the Sector

For a company that works alongside the sector and has demonstrated a true commitment to improving the fundraising capacities of the charities that it supports. 

  • donorfy
  • JustGiving
  • Givergy
  • Legacy Link
  • HOME Fundraising
  • Local Hospice Lottery

Best Fundraising Newcomer

For any professional fundraiser who, in the last two years, has shown aptitude, ability and success beyond their experience. 

  • Emma Smith – Cats Protection
  • Hayley Browning – Marie Curie
  • Laura Woodhouse – ActionAid
  • Victoria Smith – Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice


Best Young Fundraiser

For an individual or group of children who, by their hard work, dedication and example, have made a significant difference to the charity or charities for whom they have volunteered.

  • Bobbi-Jane Potts – North East Hearts with Goals / Bobbi’s Mission
  • Cody McManus – Cody’s Christmas Tox Boy
  • James Goldberg and Friends – Cancer Research UK
  • Mia Thorne – Dreams Come True


Best Volunteer Fundraiser

For any individual or group who has made a major contribution to fundraising, over a significant period, for one or more organisations without remuneration.

  • Ben Smith – Kidscape
  • David Hastings – Royal National Lifeboat Institution (Durham Branch)
  • Layla Yarjani and Hortense Decaux – Unicef Next Generation London
  • Lorraine Coleman – Cancer Research UK

Find out more about the nominees


Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via

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