Children's Hospital Trust chief Louise Driver named global fundraiser of the year

The chief executive of the South African charity is recognised for her "hands-on, dynamic fundraising approach" at the Global Awards for Fundraising event this week

Louise Driver at the awards ceremony
Louise Driver at the awards ceremony

Louise Driver, chief executive of the Children’s Hospital Trust in South Africa, has been named global fundraiser of the year.

Driver collected the accolade at the Global Awards for Fundraising event on 16 October, which was part of the International Fundraising Congress in the Netherlands.

The award recognised her "hands-on, dynamic fundraising approach" and recent successes, including securing a child healthcare partnership between the charity and the Western Cape province government that led to the opening of a new ward at the hospital.

An appeal to raise £44m to build a new museum wing and to renovate the existing buildings at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt won in the most innovative fundraising campaign category.

The campaign, Frankfurt is Building the New Städel. Help Build It!, was praised for its "individualised approach" to fundraising that allowed the whole community, including schools, pubs and football clubs, to engage in fundraising efforts.

A yellow builder’s boot used to promote the appeal became a mascot and a key visual symbol of the museum’s efforts. The opera singer Diana Damrau wore the boots for a benefit concert, and players from the Eintracht Frankfurt football team were photographed wearing them.

Alexandra Eduque, of Habitat for Humanity in the Philippines, was named outstanding volunteer for her work in setting up the Habitat for Humanity Youth Council to fundraise for and increase awareness of the issue of sub-standard housing and how it affects young people.

Eduque raised £29,106 to develop an early childhood alternative-learning programme for Habitat communities.

The Cris Foundation for Cancer Research in Spain won the award for big idea, small budget. The category recognises small and medium-sized organisations that have introduced successful new fundraising ideas or streams of revenue, with small budgets.

Cris won the category for a classical music fundraising concert in Madrid. It worked out that the concert hall had the same number of seats as there were musical bars in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It said that for each unsold seat, the orchestra would miss out one musical bar from the symphony – but the concert was a sell-out and the symphony was played in full.

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