Last night I was lucky enough to attend the Institute of Fundraising’s National Fundraising Awards, the ‘Oscars’ for fundraising and the pinnacle for our sector. They are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the success of fundraisers – both professionals and volunteers – and the fantastic work they are doing for charities.
It was an inspiring evening: it was great to hear about all the excellent fundraising taking place in the sector. Fundraising has the power to change people’s lives for the better and one of the many highlights of the evening was the Best Young Fundraiser category. Archie Kill, Felix Brown, Harry Gardner and Isabella Field are all winners in my book. Four amazing people who were motivated to engage their peers and make a difference. I would recommend reading about them. The future of fundraising looks bright if they are anything to go by.
HOME Fundraising has been fortunate to have been nominated for and won a few National awards since our inception in 2002, and we were proud and excited to be shortlisted for the Most Committed Company to the Sector award. This award is presented to the company that has "demonstrated a true commitment to improving the fundraising capacities of the charities it supports".
Congratulations to Bates Wells Braithwaite for winning the award and to the other three shortlisted companies: Donorflex, Ethicall and Pebblebeach Fundraising. I would urge these organisations, and all those connected to the sector, to continue raising the bar in what they do. To ask the right questions, the sometimes difficult and uncomfortable ones – internally and with those people you work with. To not stand still and continue striving for excellence in all aspects of what you do.
So perhaps when we reflect on this inspiring evening we should ask ourselves: "What more can we do?" At HOME, our own pledge is to continue practicing what we preach and stay true to our philosophy and commitment to our people. To continue investing in the amazing relationships that we have with the incredible charities we are lucky to represent. To ask the right questions about how we can meaningfully create a cyclical approach towards raising and improving professional fundraising standards. And finally, and most importantly, to continue making a difference.
Despite the challenges the sector is facing, the National Fundraising Awards shine a positive light on all organisations working within it, and we are proud to be part of a thriving third sector.