Entries open for National Fundraising Awards 2020

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF), the professional membership body for charity fundraisers, has opened entries for the 2020 National Fundraising Awards.

The Institute of Fundraising has today opened entries for the 2020 National Fundraising Awards.

This will be the first awards ceremony to take place following Order granting a Royal Charter to the Institute of Fundraising.

Now in its landmark 30th year, the National Fundraising Awards are the only awards that recognise and reward fundraising excellence and best practice in the voluntary sector.

The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony held in London on 6th July. The ceremony takes place as part of the IoF’s Fundraising Convention.

Helen Maguire won the Rising Star award at last year’s National Fundraising Awards. She explains what winning the award meant to her, and how winning has impacted her career.

It was such an amazing feeling to know that after you had worked so hard for so long and achieved success that this had been recognised.

Working in a small charity it can feel quite isolated, so it was difficult to measure my success against the fundraising average. Winning the award made me realise that I had achieved a massive success which I can now confidently talk about with prospective charity clients.

Suzie Reed won Fundraiser of the Year and shares how it’s impacted how she views her work and team.

Winning the award felt like external validation for both myself and for East African Playgrounds – recognition for all the hard work, blood, sweat and tears that both myself and others had put into realising our ambitious growth strategy over the last few years. When you are in the thick of it, it’s so easy to remember the things that didn’t work, beat yourself up for them, and almost take your successes for granted.

The award has helped me to look proudly at what EAP has achieved through my hard work, as well as appreciating how lucky I am to have a great leadership team pushing me and putting their faith in my ability to achieve goals.

Read the full list of categories here.


Visit the National Fundraising Awards website for more information on the event, including the general rules, criteria and how to apply. They are free to enter.

Entries are open to all organisations, campaigns and individuals working within the UK and all submissions must be made online by 5pm on Friday 13 March 2020.

Meet the judging panel: This year we invited fundraisers to take part in an application process to be a judge, to ensure our selection best represented a wide-range of fundraising disciplines and causes across the UK.

Key Dates

13 March 2020       Applications close

20 April 2020         Shortlist announcement

06 July 2020          Awards Ceremony 

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