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Louise Driver wins Global Fundraiser Award

Excellence in fundraising within Germany, Spain, Ireland, South Africa and the Philippines was celebrated on 16 October 2013 at the Global Awards for Fundraising ceremony, hosted by the Resource Alliance during its International Fundraising Congress (IFC).

The Global Awards for Fundraising recognise quality and creativity of organisations and individuals in four categories: 

Global Fundraiser: winner – Louise Driver, Children’s Hospital Trust (South Africa)

This category recognises an individual with five years’ fundraising experience who demonstrates fundraising success over a sustained period of two years or more. The award went to Louise Driver, chief executive of the Children’s Hospital Trust, for her hands-on, dynamic fundraising approach and recent successes which include forging a child healthcare partnership between the provincial and Western Cape Government and raising R58.7million of project funding in 2011 and R41.7million in 2012 for paediatric healthcare projects.

Shortlisted: Elena Zanella, Centro Clinico Nemo (Spain); Lisa Dunne, Focus Ireland (Ireland) 

Big Idea, Small Budget: winner – CRIS Cancer (Spain)
This category recognises small and medium organisations that have introduced a successful new fundraising idea or stream of revenue on a small budget in the past 12-24 months. 

(UK)Innovative Fundraising Campaign: winner – Städel Museum (Germany)
This category recognises organisations for a fundraising campaign demonstrating innovation and opportunity for replication within the last 12-24 months.

Outstanding Volunteer: winner – Alexandra Eduque, Habitat for Humanity (Philippines)
This category recognises an individual volunteer whose work has made significant impact on the fundraising success of an organisation.  

The winners of each category received a trophy and certificate. All shortlisted candidates have been showcased in a casebook which is distributed to approximately 1,000 guests at the ceremony, and publicised through the Resource Alliance website.

Neelam Makhijani, chief executive of the Resource Alliance, said: “Congratulations to all tonight’s inspirational winners and shortlisted entries; we are proud to recognise your achievements. The awards are a truly international affair – this year alone the Resource Alliance received entries from Australia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, UK and Zambia. Our awards celebrate the best of the best in the fundraising world and provide a global platform to share innovation and new ideas.”

Theuns Botha, Minister of Health: Western Cape Government, said: “Congratulations to Louise and the Trust with this prestigious international award. I am, however not surprised by the award she received. She and her team have earned the respect of our Department / Government and her donors and she has distinguished herself as a dedicated, respected and professional executive.  We certainly share in her joy and we are honoured to be associated with her and the Trust.  I am confident that we will continue with this successful partnership and that the Department will remain dedicated to the relationship we’ve established over the past few years, which culminated into many successful projects.”

 


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