Scottish Fundraising Awards Winners announced

Scottish Fundraising Awards Winners announced

Guest Bloggers | 4 October 2017

Erskine, The Glasgow School of Art, and Pitlochry Station Bookshop are among the winners of the 2017 Scottish Fundraising Awards!

Outstanding fundraisers were recognised at a prestigious national awards ceremony, following a new report showing that Scots are the most generous donors to charity in the UK.

The Scottish Fundraising Awards is the only event of its kind that celebrates and rewards fundraising excellence. Charities and individuals will be competing in eight categories, including Best Fundraising Newcomer, Best Individual Giving Campaign and Fundraising Excellence Award, and Volunteer Fundraiser. The event is hosted by the Institute of Fundraising Scotland and sponsored by Bruce Tait Associates (BTA).

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Research by the Institute of Fundraising found that more than two thirds of Scots donated to charity in the last three months, topping the UK nations table.

Winners included:

  • Fundraiser of the Year- Garry Donegan, Impact Arts (Projects) Ltd.
  • Fundraising Excellence Award- Julie Christie, Parkhead CAB
  • Voluntary Fundraising Group of the Year- Pitlochry Station Bookshop, fundraising for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA)
  • Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year- May Gilchrist for Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Best Individual Giving Campaign- Erskine, Erskine Somme Centenary Appeal 
  • Best use of Event or Community Fundraising Initiative- The University of Edinburgh for The Big Leap
  • Best Partner Relationship (Corporate or Trust)- The Glasgow School of Art with J Walter Thompson London
  • Best marketing and Communication Campaign- Erskine, Remembrance 2016


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Chair of the Institute of Fundraising’s Conference Organising Committee, Gary Kernahan said:

“The 2017 winners represent the best in Scottish fundraising and I’m delighted to recognise their achievements. They are evidence of the incredible work undertaken by fundraisers every day that makes a real difference to people’s lives in Scotland and further afield.

“This year there was an exceptionally strong field of contenders, making for a very tough selection process. I’d like to congratulate all of the great talent nominated this year.”


Bruce Tait, Chairman of BTA, said:

“As BTA celebrates its 10 year, we are very proud to be supporting the 2017 Scottish Charity Fundraising Awards. We’ve seen the sector face a number of challenges in recent years, but it’s very encouraging to hear the stories and see the commitment to excellent fundraising on display here tonight.”

Institute of Fundraising’s Scotland Manager, Alex Close, said: 

“After hearing the inspiring stories of the 2017 Award nominees, it’s no surprise that a whopping 68 per cent of Scots have given to charity in the past three months. From fighting cancer to safeguarding the environment, the efforts of fundraisers and generosity of the public make charities’ work possible.”

“Scottish fundraisers’ commitment to high standards is very impressive, and it’s great to come together and recognise them through the Scottish Charity Fundraising Awards.

“I’d also like to thank our incredibly hard working Institute of Fundraising’s Conference Organising Committee, led by the inimitable Gary Kernahan, who have put countless hours into making this a successful event."


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