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Nominations Still Open for Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising

(Sept. 1, 2009) The Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising are presented to organizations large and small that display innovative techniques in fundraising and achieve remarkable fundraising results. In 2008 ForKids of Norfolk, Va., was honored for its excellent fundraising program. Nominate your organization today for the 2009 award!

Nominations for the Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising are due Sept. 15, and supporting materials are allowed. One award will be given in each of two categories based on organizational size. Winning organizations will receive a $1,500 prize.

2008 Honoree Snapshot

When ForKids opened its 30-day emergency shelter in 1991, it was run by a staff of five dedicated people within its founding church community. Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the organization expanded from its grassroots beginning into a large human services provider. However, HUD funding began to change, leaning more on match grant requirements and leaving ForKids in need of significant new funding through community fundraising.

Starting from scratch with marketing materials and development staff, ForKids staff and board members began developing practical, creative strategies to raise the agency’s profile and increase contributions from the community. With ambitious goals, careful planning and creative fundraising initiatives, ForKids increased its community contributions by 958 percent in six years, from $104,000 in 2001 to more than $850,000 in 2007. To further meet needs brought about with the downturn of the economy, ForKids raised $1.1 million in FY2008.

“Through creative, ambitious fundraising initiatives and careful strategic planning, ForKids successfully met their funding challenges head-on, making them an amazing example to all nonprofit organizations,” said Paulette V. Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP. “I encourage AFP members to nominate your organization for this wonderful award made possible by Campbell & Company.”

Eligibility and Criteria

Any nonprofit organization that employs an AFP member is eligible to participate in the awards program. The nomination must be endorsed by an AFP chapter. An organization is not eligible to be nominated for an award in a year during which a person affiliated with it serves on the AFP Awards Committee. A chapter may endorse more than one nomination a year.

The Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising will be presented to programs that improve an organization’s overall fundraising program through:

  • Increased donor base
  • Increased funds raised
  • Streamlined administrative structure
  • Reduced fundraising costs
  • Enhanced overall revenue

Any type of fundraising campaign (raising philanthropic dollars for a charitable cause) is eligible for the awards, including annual giving campaigns; capital campaigns; planned giving programs; major gift campaigns; online or Internet fundraising campaigns; special events or overall advancement programs.

One award will be given in each of two categories based on organizational size:

  • Small: Five or fewer employees in the fundraising department
  • Large: More than five employees in the fundraising department

Note: Because supporting materials (i.e., fundraising campaign materials) are strongly encouraged, nominations can be submitted by mail.

Nominations can be sent to:

Campbell & Company Awards for Excellence in Fundraising
AFP Public Affairs Department
4300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22203-4168
Attn: NaTanya Lott

Twelve (12) copies of the nomination form, narrative and all supporting materials are required.

Ddownload the 2009-2010 AFP Awards Nomination Booklet attached below. Questions about AFP's awards program can be directed to NaTanya Lott at


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