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Best Transformational Gift

Recognising fundraising excellence behind impactful gifts 

The Transformational Gift award celebrates philanthropic contributions that transcend traditional forms of support and recognises the extraordinary impact the gift has had on an organisation or on the wider community.  This award seeks to honour gifts which have set new standards of philanthropic excellence, inspired giving through innovation and re-shaped organisations

Nominations will be evaluated based on the unique and transformational nature of the gift on an organisation or community and its potential to create positive change and lasting impact through inspiring supporter relationships, rather than the size of the donation.  

Submissions may include gifts made by individuals, non-commercial organisations, trusts and foundations through personal solicitation. The nominated gift can be part of a capital campaign, but a specific gift must be nominated, rather than an entire campaign.  Gifts can be from a living or deceased supporter, but the gift needs to have been fully or partially received between 1 March 2023 to 31 August 2024 and the organisation must have built a relationship with the donor during their lifetime.  


Executive summary - 20%

a)    Tell us about your transformational gift and the relationship behind the gift. How did it benefit your fundraising activities and organisation? What makes this gift and relationship extraordinary?   


b)    Please provide a short (approx. 1-3 min) video telling us about your transformational gift and why it should win this award. This can be a simple video filmed on your phone.  The quality of the production will not be considered in the judging process – it’s about the transformative nature of the gift and its unique ability to empower positive change.
To see examples of some of the videos the judges have rated highly in the past, visit #TopTips | FIA Awards

Strategy - 20% 

a)    What led you to seek and secure a Transformational Gift form this individual or organisation?        
b)    How did the gift transform or change the relationship between the supporter and the organisation?  What makes this giving experience unique?
c)    What do you believe were the key success factors which led to this Transformational Gift?  

FIA Code Alignment - 10%

​Demonstrate at least one way you ensured ethical fundraising was undertaken to secure your Transformational Gift and how did this process align with the FIA code.  

Relationship management and stewardship - 30%

a)    How was the relationship nurtured and developed to inspire a transformational gift?   
b)    What processes and steps were undertaken to secure this gift?  How did the organisation collaborate internally or externally during the solicitation process? How did you ensure transparency with the donor? 
c)    How has this relationship influenced your approach to future donor engagements?

Impact and Outcomes - 30%           

a)    What changed due to this gift for the organisation, the wider community and the supporter?   
b)    What impact did this gift have on your overall fundraising and organisation?  How was this measured?
c)    What lessons were learnt?

Who can enter this category?

The submitting organisation must be a 2024/25 Organisational Member of FIA and have held Organisational Membership for at least 12 months. The submission must be approved by the CEO/ Head of Fundraising or equivalent.


If you are not a current member or are unsure of your membership status, please call 1300 889 670.

The Transformational Gift must have been received (or partially received) during the last 18 months: 1 March 2023 to 31 August 2024.   The Transformational Gift must be making a significant difference to the organisation.  

Submission guide 

Download the submission guide for full details, terms and conditions and to plan your submission before you start.

Download the pre-submission checklist to ensure you have everything you need prior to submitting your entry.

Applications close on Friday 23 August 2024

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