Unicef is a treble winner at the convention awards

The children's charity was among the big winners at last night's Institute of Fundraising National Awards

Unicef was among the big winners at the IoF Convention Awards
Unicef was among the big winners at the IoF Convention Awards

Unicef UK won three prizes at the Institute of Fundraising National Awards at the convention last night.

The children’s charity picked up the Best Use of E-media award for its Ownacolour.com website, which allowed users to donate £1 or more to name one of the 16.7 million colours that the average computer can display.

It also collected the Best Use of the Telephone award for its Mobile Pledge scheme, which enables people to give through their mobile phone bills rather than by direct debit.

The charity’s third prize was for the Best Use of Face-to-Face for its Premium SMS Donations on the Street scheme, where people recruited by face-to-face fundraisers gave a one-off donation by mobile phone and the best givers were phoned back to ask for regular donations.

Joe Saxton, co-founder of the consultancy nfpSynergy and former chair of the institute, was presented with the lifetime contribution award.

Harry Moseley, who died from a brain tumour at the age of 11 after raising thousands of pounds for charities through his Help Harry Help Others campaign, was posthumously named Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year.

Nadine Adamski, fundraising manager for the Sabre Charitable Trust, was the Best Up-and-Coming Fundraiser, and Toni Henderson, national running and challenge events manager at the children's cancer charity Clic Sargent, won the Gill Astarita Fundraiser of the Year award.

Cancer Research UK’s Catalyst Club and Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice’s Pay for a Day scheme shared the award for Best Use of Major Donor Fundraising.

WWF UK won Best Business Charity Partnership for its Sky Rainforest Rescue campaign to save a billion trees in the Amazon area.

World Society for the Protection of Animals received the Most Innovative Fundraising Campaign award for its Animal Protector scheme, which provides regular donors with personalised websites.

Action for Children won the Best Use of Direct Mail for its Direct Mail Welcome Programme and Crisis won Best Donor Development Campaign for Crisis at Christmas 2011.

Best Use of Events was won by Christians Against Poverty for its 15th anniversary campaign, in which its founder, John Kirkby, and two others ran five marathons in 19 days across the UK, Australia and New Zealand to raise money for the charity, hosting a fundraising dinner in each location.

Guide Dogs won the Best Use of Legacy prize for its Integrated Summer Campaign, Durham University Charities Kommittee was the Fundraising Team of the Year and Best Fundraising Organisation to Work For went to the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity

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