Richard Taylor awarded prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award

Richard Taylor awarded prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award

6 July 2020

Richard Taylor has been awarded the Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s Outstanding Contribution Award for his incredible service to the fundraising community.

Richard’s fundraising career began at Cancer Research UK where he grew fundraising exponentially, eventually making it the first charity to exceed £500m in one year from voluntary income.  He championed investment in fundraising, marketing and brand throughout his career and his work has provided great case studies for many charities to develop their own strategies and growth. 

After nearly two decades at Cancer Research UK he moved to Macmillan Cancer Support, and continued his success growing income in a much more challenging environment. He now works as a coach providing support to leaders across the sector.

Whilst delivering the award during a live virtual plenary at Fundraising Convention Online, Claire Rowney, chair of the Chartered Institute, shared why Richard was a worthy winner:

I am honoured and delighted that Richard Taylor has received the award. He has made a contribution to fundraising personally and professionally that spans many years and has touched literally thousands of fundraisers lives and millions of charity beneficiaries’ lives.

Richard champions the professional development of fundraisers, through formal learning and through opening up opportunities for staff at all levels to grow into new roles and take on new responsibilities. He can take the credit for a huge number of fundraisers growing, developing and taking on new leadership roles across the sector - myself included!

Richard was nominated by peers from across the fundraising community.

Carol Akiwumi, a trustee and Chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s EDI Committee, said:

When I joined the Board, Richard encouraged me, helped me find my voice and amplified it. I often use him as an example of how people with power and privilege should operate.

I would be hard pressed to think of many other people that could actually top his fundraising achievements.

Harpal Kumar, former CEO of Cancer Research UK, said:

Through his creativity, extraordinary leadership and relentless drive, Richard built an outstanding team that delivered durable and substantial growth in income, which enabled CRUK to greatly expand its critically important work in reducing the number of people who die from cancer. One significant measure of his success is how many of his direct team have gone on to take senior leadership positions in other organisations across the sector.

Dr Iain Foulkes, Executive Director of Research & Innovation, Cancer Research UK, said:

Richard has always had a keen focus on innovation and always challenged the status quo. Fundraising plays an incredibly important role in society. It is vital that fundraisers continue to innovate as consumer trends change and new technologies come online. Richard embraced innovation before it was trendy, establishing a team at CRUK who’s job he defined as ‘reinventing giving’. He has made a major impact on how the sector thinks about fundraising.

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Notes to editors:

The Chartered Institute of Fundraising is the professional membership body for UK fundraising. We support fundraisers through leadership and representation; best practice and compliance; education and networking; and we champion and promote fundraising as a career choice. We have around 6,000 individual members and over 600 organisational members who raise more than £9 billion in income for good causes every year.