Aussie Charities Praised in Global Awards
Thursday, 17th October 2013 at 10:05 am
Two Australian charities have been shortlisted in global awards honouring the world’s best fundraisers.
Excellence in global fundraising has been celebrated at the Global Awards for Fundraising ceremony in the Netherlands, hosted by UK-Based resource Not for Profit, the Resource Alliance during its International Fundraising Congress (IFC).
Under the category of Innovative Fundraising Campaign, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre based in Melbourne was shortlisted for its Integrated Donor Development Strategy. This category recognises organisations for a fundraising campaign demonstrating innovation and opportunity for replication within the last 12-24 months.
The Executive Director of the Peter Mac Cancer Foundation, Jennifer Doubell is in the Netherlands to attend the awards ceremony. In Melbourne the Foundation’s Fundraising Director said the strategy gives a well coordinated, systematic and streamlined approach to donor engagement across all fundraising portfolios to maximise returns.
The overall winner was the Städel Museum in Germany for its campaign to help build their new Frankfurt museum. The campaign gained accolades for its individualised approach that allowed schools, neighbourhood pubs, football clubs and more to take part, all promoted with a popular visual icon: a yellow builders boot.
In the category of Outstanding Volunteer, the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria was shortlisted for the work of one of its volunteer ambassadors, flamboyant Collingwood football supporter, Jeff ‘Joffa’ Corfe (best recognised in his gold supporter’s jacket). Corfe began volunteering for the charity after his daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2006. The international awards category recognises an individual volunteer whose work has made significant impact on the fundraising success of an organisation.
“We are very proud of his selection and of the outstanding efforts he puts in for us, he really is one of the great blokes of Australia,” Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria General Manager Development, Jeremy Maxwell said.
The overall winner of the category was Alexandra Eduque, Habitat for Humanity in the Philippines who initiated the Habitat for Humanity Youth Council (HYC) to fundraise and raise awareness on the issue of sub-standard housing and how this affects young people.
The winners of each category received a trophy and certificate. All shortlisted candidates have been showcased in a casebook on the Resource Alliance website.
Resource Alliance says this year it received entries from Australia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, UK and Zambia.
“Our awards celebrate the best of the best in the fundraising world and provide a global platform to share innovation and new ideas,” Neelam Makhijani, Chief Executive of the Resource Alliance said.
The Resource Alliance is a charity registered in England and Wales, based in London. It aims to be the global network for fundraising, resource mobilisation and philanthropy.
The Global Awards for Fundraising is the first international awards program to be endorsed and supported by national fundraising associations from around the world.
The awards were decided by an expert panel of international judges including: Tom Ashford, Business Development Manager, The Guardian | The Observer (UK); Abigail Burgesson, Special Programmes Manager, African Women’s Development Fund (Ghana); Juan Ignacio Calvo, Regional Fundraising Specialist, UNICEF, Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Office (Panama); Kyla Shawyer, Chief Operating Officer, SCIA (USA); and Sukich Udindu, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, The Minor Group (Thailand).