Tributes paid to Liz Monks, former IoF Convention Board Chair, after she passes away following battle with cancer

Liz Monks

6 November 2015

Tributes have been paid to Liz Monks who has passed away following a 12-month battle with cancer.

Liz worked in the charity sector for over 20 years, holding senior fundraising roles at Terence Higgins Trust, Shelter, RNID and Action for Children. She had previously been Director of Fundraising at Breast Cancer Campaign and the Alzheimer’s Society and also chaired the Institute of Fundraising National Convention Board for many years, helping to expand and develop it to its present scale and quality. She was awarded a Fellowship of the IoF this summer in recognition of her work as a leader across the sector.

Peter Lewis, chief executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said: “Liz was one of the most talented, energetic and creative fundraisers I’ve ever met, as well as one of the nicest. She always made time to offer support or advice. She led and influenced those around her with great enthusiasm and energy, was sincerely passionate about the good causes she worked for, and for fundraising itself.

“The epitome of a proud fundraiser, she was an inspirational member and Fellow of the IoF, and during her time as chair of our National Convention Board she led the way in making it one of the biggest and best fundraising events in the world. A true believer in the importance of our fundraising community Liz will be missed by us all.”

Liz's illness did not temper her passion for the sector, nor did it diminish her brilliance as a fundraiser. Six weeks ago, she launched an appeal for Macmillan Cancer Support to raise £20,000 to fund a staff member to work full time for one year at the Royal Free Hospital in London, where she was being treated. Speaking from her own experience at diagnosis, she was passionate about why such vital support is needed:

“I want to make sure that no-one has to go through such misery and loneliness when someone can be there to hold their hand through their difficult decisions, advise or advocate for them. This is one of the most positive things I can do in the time I have left, to use my fundraising skills, and people I know, to make a difference that will help other people after me. In my situation I am sure you'd want to do the same - it's what makes our profession, and makes us so proud to be in it.”  

Talking of her close friend’s courage and conviction, Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan, said: “Liz was not just a brilliant fundraiser but also one of the most influential leaders in our sector. Her ability to inspire and galvanize people to make change happen was demonstrated right to the end. Courage is often a much over used word, but in Liz’s case never so apt.”

A group of friends and colleagues promised Liz that they would continue her appeal and reach a new target of £50,000. To join us visit https://www.justgiving.com/Liz-Monks/ or email lizmonksappeal@gmail.com