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Citizens Advice wins Fundraising Charity of the Year at National Fundraising Awards

Citizens Advice team at the 2024 National Fundraising Awards

The first in-person National Fundraising Awards since before the pandemic took place this week, with Citizens Advice awarded Fundraising Charity of the Year, and Islamic Relief UK winning Fundraising Campaign of the Year.

The National Fundraising Awards, organised by the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, celebrate the best of fundraising, recognising campaigns, charities, individuals, suppliers, and partnerships. This year, there were 13 awards in total.


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The winners

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Citizen’s Advice: Since the start of the cost-of-living crisis Citizens Advice has secured £23.5 million in additional income from corporates, trusts and foundations and individual givers.  The additional funding secured has supported the Citizens Advice network of 243 offices and helped an additional 400,000 clients. This has all been achieved by a small and dedicated team of just five people.

Islamic Relief: The charity’s winning campaign was its Türkiye Syria Emergency Appeal, launched in February 2023 and its most successful fundraising appeal to date, securing just under £10 million in donations in response to the Türkiye Syria Earthquake. The campaign engaged online and offline donors to secure funds to deliver immediate and long-term relief to the over 15 million people affected by the earthquake. The emergency appeal was launched within 12 hours of the earthquake taking place and received donations from communities across the UK.

Bruce Tait: Across his 35 years in the fundraising profession, Bruce Tait has been a leading figure in developing and championing best practice and ethics in fundraising across the UK. Tait and his supporting committee were instrumental in the creation of the positive regulatory environment for charities fundraising in Scotland. He has also twice been voted Scottish Fundraiser of the Year, set up Scotland’s leading fundraising consultancy and supports dozens of charities through his volunteering and pro-bono work. He has served on numerous working groups and panels, and as Chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Scotland. He also led the volunteer committee that enabled the Chartered Institute to open an office in Scotland and appoint its first Scotland Manager.

Read more on all of the award winners here.

The winning fundraisers, charities and organisations were announced at the ceremony on 3 July, which took place at the QEII Centre, London during Fundraising Convention, and was hosted by comedian Paul Sinha. 

Katie Docherty, Chair of the judging panel and Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, said:

“The judging panel was blown away by the outstanding quality of entrants and everyone who was shortlisted and our brilliant winners, should be extremely proud of the incredibly high standard that has been set.


“The Awards provide a platform to share best practice, showcase hard work, to learn from each other, and most of all to inspire. All our winners are truly inspiring, and show others that a career in fundraising, is a lifetime of impact. A huge congratulations to all the winners and thank you for all your hard work and commitment to the fundraising sector.”