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2017 FIA Fundraising Awards Finalists Announced


Thursday, 15th December 2016 at 10:43 am
Lina Caneva, Editor
The Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) has announced the finalists and state winners in the 2017 awards for excellence in fundraising with four contenders in the major special events category.


Thursday, 15th December 2016
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Lina Caneva, Editor


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2017 FIA Fundraising Awards Finalists Announced
Thursday, 15th December 2016 at 10:43 am

The Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) has announced the finalists and state winners in the 2017 awards for excellence in fundraising with four contenders in the major special events category.

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre is in the running for its ASRC Telethon on World Refugee Day (Vic) along with Act for Peace’s Ration Challenge (NSW), Cure Brain Cancer Foundation’s  Charlie’s Million$Mission (NSW) and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation’s Racing to Success fundraising events (Vic).

The FIA judges agreed that this year’s submissions were of a particularly high standard and the competition was tight across a number of categories.   

The winners for all the awards will be announced at FIA’s Awards Dinner on the Gold Coast as part of its 40th annual conference in February 2017.

Organisational Award Finalists:

Donor Acquisition

Over $5 million revenue

  • Act for Peace – Act for Peace Ration Challenge (NSW)
  • Guide Dogs SA/NT – 2016 Acquisition Direct Mail Pack (SA)

Under $5 million revenue

  • Assistance Dogs Australia – Acquisition Swaps and Coops Campaign (NSW)
  • ActionAid – End FGM Acquisition Campaign (NSW)

Donor Renewal

Over $5 million revenue

  • Children’s Cancer Institute – Charlie’s Promise (NSW)
  • Guide Dogs SA/NT – Guide Dogs SA/NT 2016 Tax Appeal (SA)
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation – Direct mail: Alive and Kicking During Taxing Times – Peter Mac’s record Tax Appeal 2016 (VIC)

Under $5 million revenue

  • VisAbility Guide Dogs WA – Preparing a New Generation of Guide Dogs: Creating a Purposeful Opportunity to Engage and Renew Supporters (WA)
  • PetRescue – The Adoptables (WA)
  • Royal Flying Doctor Services Victoria (RFDS VIC) – Life-Saving Medical Equipment Replacement Appeal (VIC)
  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra – Your Orchestra Begins With You (NSW)

Major Gifts

Over $5 million revenue

  • Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) – Nature’s Champions (VIC)
  • Oxfam – The Oxfam Circle – Oxfam Australia’s Key Supporter Stewardship Program (VIC)
  • Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation – Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy (WA)

Bequests/Gifts in Wills

Over $5 million revenue

  • Bush Heritage Australia – Bush Legacy Circle and Bequest Reconfirmation Campaign (VIC)
  • Cancer Council NSW – Bequest Innovation (NSW)
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation – Where There’s a Will There’s a Way. Peter Mac’s Record Year for Confirmed Bequestors – Triumph Through Targeting Tenacity (VIC)

Under $5 million revenue

  • Assistance Dogs Australia – Gifts in Wills Relationship and Growth Campaign (NSW)
  • Indigenous Community Volunteers – ICV Bequest Encouragement Campaign (ACT)

Capital Campaigns

Over $5 million revenue

  • University of Melbourne – Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne (VIC)

Special Events

Over $5 million revenue

  • Asylum Seeker Resource Centre – ASRC Telethon on World Refugee Day (VIC)
  • Act for Peace – Act for Peace Ration Challenge (NSW)
  • Cure Brain Cancer Foundation – Charlie’s Million$Mission (NSW)
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation – Racing to Success by maximising income through mass participation fundraising events (VIC)

Under $5 million revenue

  • Women’s Legal Service Queensland – Dancing CEOs 2016 (QLD)
  • Give Where You Live Foundation – Surf Coast Trek 2016 (VIC)
  • Kids Under Cover – The Cubby House Challenge (VIC)

State Winners:

Young Fundraiser of the Year

  • NSW – Charlotte Sangster EMFIA CFRE, Frontier Services
  • QLD – William Kirsop MFIA, CauseForce
  • WA – Simone Yule MFIA, Curtin University

Volunteer of the Year

  • NSW – May Cameron, nominated by Cerebral Palsy Alliance
  • VIC – Jan Grant, nominated by Australian National Academy of Music
  • WA – Helen James & Gloria Grocott, nominated by Ronald McDonald House Perth
  • WA – Vern & Lorraine Watson, nominated by Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation


Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and Editor of Pro Bono Australia News since it was founded in 2000.


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