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Fundraisers: The New Generation – ENTRIES WILL OPEN EARLY 2020 

Here at Third Sector we love fundraising. That’s why each year we like to shine a spotlight on the emerging talent in the sector

This award recognises the very best up-and-coming professional fundraisers, highlighting their outstanding efforts and achievements. There’s no age limit to enter the awards and there’s not even an entry fee. Applicants just must have worked in a paid fundraising post for less than three years – and have loads of talent.

The winners will be invited to a drinks reception in central London on 22 May and feature in Third Sector magazine.

The deadline for entries is TBC for 2020.

Here’s some info on the 2019 awards in case you’re thinking of entering next year:


Date: TBC 2020
Venue: TBC
Time: TBC
Entry Criteria: Entrants to this award must have less than three years experience.


What the judges are looking for?

The winners will be selected by our expert panel of judges who will be looking to identify the best newcomers to the fundraising profession. These are the individuals who have the potential to become the great fundraisers and leaders of the fundraising profession in the next decade.

This is not about how senior you are in your current role, or how great your responsibilities are – it is about what you want to achieve for your profession and your chosen causes, and why you want to achieve those things.

So in your 500-word entry, we want you to tell us:

  1. Why did you choose to become a fundraiser?
  2. What do you consider to be your proudest moment as a fundraiser so far?
  3. How you have contributed to the success of your team (if you’re a sole fundraiser, your team can include your non-fundraising colleagues; or, if you work at an agency or are a consultant, your clients).
  4. What do you want to achieve five years from now?
  5. What changes do you want to see in the fundraising sector?


We also require your line manager, or a client if you’re self-employed or run your own agency, to provide a short testimonial of no more than 200 words saying why they think you deserve an award.

Requirements for entry:

  • A supporting statement of up to 500 words (see criteria above)
  • A testimonial of up to 200 words
  • A photo of the applicant
  • 1:30 mins video (optional)