Fundraisers from Kenya, Germany and India awarded global recognition

Celebrations marking outstanding fundraising took place last night at the Global Awards for Fundraising ceremony, hosted by the Resource Alliance at its 35th International Fundraising Congress (IFC). Winners were from Kenya, Germany and India

Global Awards

The Global Awards for Fundraising commend excellence and inspirational fundraising in organisations and individuals in four categories:

Big Impact Small Budget

This category awards a prize to a small or medium organisation that has delivered disproportionate results for their beneficiaries, either relative to revenue or on a small budget, in the past 12 to 24 months.

The award went to the International Transformation Foundation, for its “Join the Pipe Project” which provided schools with water kiosks. The judges were impressed with its sustainable business plan, which saw clean tap water being sold to community residents by pupils at an affordable price.

Shortlisted were Global Schoolroom of the Republic of Ireland and Cris Cancer Care of Spain

Innovative Fundraising Campaign

This category recognises organisations for fundraising campaigns that display innovation and opportunity for replication.

The prize went to ZDK Society Democratic Culture in Germany for its innovative hijacking of a Neo-Nazi march to fundraise for the EXIT-Germany, a charity that helps members of the far-right who want to leave the movement and start a new life. Local residents were encouraged to donate 10 Euros to the charity for every meter walked by extremists on their annual march through the town of Wunsiedel.

Shortlisted were HelsinkiMissio of Finland and Act For Peace of Australia

Volunteer of the Year

This award recognises volunteers who have significantly assisted an organisation’s fundraising cause.

It was presented to Aneesha Wadhwa of Udyan Care, India who has been volunteering at Udayan Care in India for 12 years. Her involvement grew from being the youngest mentor mother (a voluntary lifetime carer) at one of its homes for orphaned girls to being the youngest Advisory Board member, to today when she holds the position of trustee.

Shortlisted were: Marion Carroll at Ronald McDonald House, Ireland and May Gilchrist at Macmillan Cancer Care, UK

People’s Choice Award

This is a new category that saw voting being opened out to the wider public via the Resource Alliance website. Around 2,000 people voted for their overall favourite – the winner was volunteer Marian Carroll from Ronald McDonald House Ireland.

IFC Choice Award

The final award of the night was voted for by 1,000 attendees to the award ceremony. The global fundraising sector’s personal favourite was Nazis for Nazis, ZDK Society Democratic Culture from Germany.

Kyla Shawyer, chief executive of the Resource Alliance, said: “In a time when the activities of charities are under scrutiny like never before it is encouraging to see so many examples of good practice from NGOs around the world. The entries we received demonstrated creativity, sustainability and excellent donor care. We are delighted to be able to showcase these successes for the rest of the global fundraising community to share in, learn from and enjoy.”