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Fundraising Consultant of the Year

Celebrating Excellence in Fundraising Consultancy
and Strategy

This award recognises supplier/consultancy organisations who have established significant relationships and delivered significant outcomes (not necessarily financial) for a member organisation through fundraising consultancy and professional advice. 

This award looks to acknowledge suppliers who have assisted a charity with consulting services and/or campaigns which may include, but not limited to: 
•    Fundraising strategy 
•    Case for support development 
•    Strategic planning 
•    Training and staff development 
•    Feasibility studies and donor research 
•    Program development 

This award is not intended to recognise the execution of a campaign and the related direct services, but focus on the broader planning and strategy elements of a relationship.  It does not limit the nomination if the supplier did or did not undertake the execution.

Nominated by an FIA Member non-profit/charity, the relationship, ethics, management and fundraising outcomes will be considered. 


Executive summary - 20%

a)    Tell us about the supplier and what impact they have had on your fundraising strategy and organisation.  

b)    Please provide a short (approx. 1-3 min) video telling us about the supplier and why they 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 story you tell. 
To see examples of some videos the judges have rated highly in the past, visit #TopTips | FIA Awards


Engagement - 10% 

What led you to engage with this supplier? What problem were you trying to overcome (the brief)? Is this a new relationship or long-term? What made you choose this consultant over others in the sector? 


Relationship and Management - 20%

Detail the working relationship you have with the consultant. Describe their engagement, how they understood your challenges (the brief), transparency of operation and commitment to ensuring they addressed your brief. What criteria did you use to measure the success of the relationship? 

Activities - 20%

Describe the project and what you were wanting to achieve?  Detail what the consultant delivered? What outcomes had greatest impact on your organisation and why? Maybe include any unexpected outcomes.

FIA Code Alignment - 10%

Illustrate at least one way your campaign showed alignment to the FIA Code.

Impact and Outcomes - 30%           

Describe how your organisation and fundraising team benefited from the relationship/project with the supplier.  What changes did you implement as a result of the project?  How did you measure success of the consultant deliverables? What lessons were learnt? What made the outcome beyond normal expectations? 

Who can enter this category?

Submissions must be completed by a non-profit member of FIA and approved by a representative of the nominated supplier. If you are unsure of your membership status, or that of the supplier, please call 1300 889 670.
The nominating non-profit must be an Organisational Member of FIA (2024/2025 membership year).

The nominating non-profit must have CEO, Head of Fundraising or Board of Director endorsement of the supplier nomination.
The nominated supplier must be an Organisational Member of FIA (2024/2025 membership year) and have held the membership for a minimum of 12 months. A representative of the supplier organisation must endorse the entry.

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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