Congratulations to all! 

From over 120 entries Finalists and State Winners in the 2024 FIA Awards for Excellence in Fundraising were revealed late last year at celebratory events across the country, acknowledging the incredible fundraising work being conducted for a range of worthy causes.  

The FIA Fundraising Awards hold significant importance in recognising and celebrating the remarkable achievements and contributions of individuals, organisations and campaigns within the fundraising sector. These awards play a pivotal role in spotlighting innovation, creativity and impactful strategies that drive philanthropic endeavours worldwide. By honouring excellence in fundraising, these awards not only acknowledge outstanding efforts but also inspire others in the field, fostering a culture of continuous improvement and dedication to making a meaningful difference in communities.  

They serve as a platform to showcase best practices, elevate successful methodologies and encourage collaboration, ultimately raising the bar for fundraising standards. Recognition through these awards not only validates the hard work of recipients but also amplifies their influence, promoting the advancement of fundraising initiatives and encouraging greater public support for various charitable causes. 

Below we list these successful organisations in their award categories – please share with us in congratulating them all. 


A huge round of applause for…

MOST INNOVATIVE CAMPAIGN FINALISTS 

  • Amnesty International Australia – Trollbait 
  • Children’s Cancer Institute – Donate Your Age 
  • Emergency Action Alliance – EAA Ukraine Emergency Appeal 
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation – Include a Charity Week 2022 
  • Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association – The CEO Wheelie Challenge 

Sponsored by:  


BEST SUPPORTER EXPERIENCE FINALISTS 

  • Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research – Walk for Women’s Cancer 10th Birthday 
  • Plan International Australia – From Child Sponsor to Humanitarian Philanthropist – Dave and the Global Hunger Crisis 
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia – Oceans to Outback 
  • The Wayside Chapel – The Inner Circle 
  • WWF-Australia – Engaging More Than Ever Before: WWF’s Multi-Channel Rotational Event Series 

Sponsored by:  


FUNDRAISING IMPACT THROUGH CREATIVITY FINALISTS 

  • Australian Wildlife Conservancy – Valentine’s Day Appeal 
  • Beyond Blue – Big Blue Table 
  • Camp Quality Limited – Childhood. Not Cancerhood 
  • Ethiopiaid Australia – Emergency Relief in Afar 
  • Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation – Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation Christmas Appeal 2022 
  • The Smith Family – The Smith Family Winter Appeal 2023 

IMPACT ON A SHOESTRING FINALISTS 

  • DeadlyScience – 5000 Books 
  • Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association – The CEO Wheelie Challenge 
  • Wesley Mission Queensland – Hummingbird House Sponsor A Nurse 

BEST STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP FINALISTS 

  • Alannah & Madeline Foundation – Dolly’s Dream and EssenceMediacom Do It For Dolly Day 2023 
  • Beyond Blue – Beyond Blue and Australia Post Strategic Partnership – When We Connect, We Feel Better 
  • Emergency Action Alliance – Collaborating for Impact 
  • Great Barrier Reef Foundation – Australian Fundraising Go Green Program – Plant a Coral 
  • Monash University – Monash University & The Invergowrie Foundation. Monash Virtual School: removing financial and geographical barriers to STEM education 
  • Starlight Children’s Foundation – Purple Haze – Stronger Together 
  • The Salvation Army – The Salvation Army & Mirvac: Transformation House 

Sponsored by:  


FUNDRAISING IMPACT THROUGH EVENTS FINALISTS 

  • Beyond Blue – Big Blue Table  
  • Cancer Council Victoria – Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea 
  • Children’s Cancer Institute Australia – 86K for a Cure 
  • Guide Dogs – The Guide Dogs Graduation: Sharing the joy of giving to acquire, upgrade and reconfirm the Gifts in Wills funnel 
  • Hobart City Mission – Hobart City Mission’s Sleep Rough 
  • St Vincent de Paul – The Vinnies CEO Sleepout 
  • Starlight Children’s Foundation – Starlight Super Swim 
  • Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation – Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation – Gold Dinner 2023 

BEST PIVOT CAMPAIGN OR INITIATIVE FINALISTS 

  • Austin Health – Olivia’s Walk for Wellness— ntegrity & Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre at Austin Health 
  • Chris O’Brien Lifehouse – Tax Appeal 2023 – Early Career Research 
  • Oxfam Australia – June 2022 Hunger & Conflict Appeal 

Sponsored by:  


FUNDRAISING IMPACT THROUGH TECHNOLOGY FINALISTS 

  • Australian Academy of Science – Celebrate Science 
  • Australian Red Cross – Tapping into Tech: Red Cross pioneers fundraising growth through innovation  

Sponsored by:  


SUPPLIER TEAM OF THE YEAR FINALISTS 

  • Adflex Marketing – nominated by Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia 
  • Magnetic – nominated by Anglicare Victoria 
  • Strategic Grants – nominated by Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria 

STATE AWARDS 

FUNDRAISING TEAM OF THE YEAR STATE WINNERS 

  • Great Barrier Reef Foundation – External Relations Team (QLD Winner) 
  • Perth Zoo – Fundraising and Communications Team (WA Winner) 
  • Plan International Australia – Individual Giving (VIC Winner) 
  • Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation – Major Events Team (NSW Winner) 

HIGH COMMENDATIONS 

  • Bendigo Health Foundation – Bendigo Health Fundraising & Foundation (VIC High Commendation) 
  • The Smith Family – The Smith Family Fundraising Team (NSW High Commendation) 

Sponsored by:  

YOUNG FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR STATE WINNERS 

  • Em Marriott MFIA (TAS Winner) 
  • Nicole Ilacqua MFIA (NSW Winner) 
  • Sabrina Thomas MFIA (WA Winner) 

INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS 

The Fundraising Champion of the Year; Fundraiser of the Year and Arthur Venn Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced at the Fundraisers’ Gala Awards Dinner on Thursday 29 February in Brisbane.  
 


Fundraisers’ Gala Awards Dinner 

All winners will be announced at the Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday 29 February 2024, in Brisbane. Click here to purchase your tickets. 
 
Good luck!