New award announced as National Fundraising Awards opens nominations for 2018

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24 January 2018

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF), the professional membership body for charity fundraisers, is today opening nominations for 2018 National Fundraising Awards.

The Institute of Fundraising has opened nominations for the 2018 National Fundraising Awards and revealed a new ‘Best Donor Experience’ award that encourages charities or individuals to come forward with experiences that celebrate putting donors at the heart of fundraising.

The National Fundraising Awards, now in its 28th year, is the only awards of its kind that recognises and rewards fundraising excellence across the charity sector.

Winners receive recognition as the best of the best in the fundraising sector at a prestigious ceremony held at the Brewery in London on Monday 2nd July 2018, as part of IoF’s Fundraising Convention.


Katie Johnson, Head of Communities and Events at the IoF said

“The IoF is excited to showcase the incredible fundraising achievements of the last year at the National Fundraising Awards. 2017 once again raised the bar for excellence in fundraising and we hope that you will take this opportunity to highlight and celebrate the fantastic work of your fundraising team, and the wider sector, at this long established and high profile event”.


Howard Lake, Chair of the Awards Judging Panel said

"The National Fundraising Awards are simply one of the best ways of sharing fundraising success and achievements. What works, how and why: it's what every fundraiser wants keep up to date with, so that they can apply the ideas for their charity. The team of experienced judges gets the privilege of reading the detail of several hundred outstanding fundraising campaigns, and then the responsibility of picking the very best. It takes a good couple of days of their donated time, and yes, there are long debates".


Chris Washington-Sare, chair of the Special Interest Group on the Donor Experience said

“The new Donor Experience award will celebrate and applaud truly consistent donor-based approaches to fundraising. The award is intended to celebrate those charities and fundraisers that have delivered campaigns, or even individual supporter experiences, that represent the very best examples of excellent relationship fundraising.”

Visit the National Fundraising Awards website for more information on the event, including the general rules, criteria and how to apply. The deadline for nominations is Friday 23rd March 2018.

For further information, please contact Felicity Spencer-Smith, External Affairs Officer via or on 0207 840 5493.