CLIC Sargent's UK Fundraising Manager claims top prize at industry awards ceremony

CLIC Sargent UK Fundraising Manager Toni Henderson has scooped the top prize at the Institute of Fundraising’s National Awards, held annually to recognise excellence in the industry.

Toni, who manages the charity’s running and challenge events division, was awarded the prestigious ‘Gill Astarita Fundraiser of the Year’ Award, designed to recognise exceptional achievement within the fundraising community.  The highly respected accolade was presented by Gill’s husband Mark Astarita, Chair of the Institute of Fundraising and Director of Fundraising for the British Red Cross. The prize was created to honour those who consistently demonstrate best practice in achieving high quality fundraising, vision and strategy.

Toni has worked with the charity for nine years and has made a massive impact in helping it support children and young people with cancer, providing practical, emotional and financial help.  In recent years she helped the charity win charity partnership of the year with the first ever Virgin London Marathon and she successfully managed her team to raise over £1.5m from the alliance – the most ever raised by any London Marathon charity partner.  This is the third time in the last six years that a CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager has been awarded the top prize at the annual Institute of Fundraising Awards.

Commenting on Toni’s award and her achievements to date, Mark Astarita said, “To be honoured with the ‘Gill Astarita Fundraiser of the Year Award’ is a credit to Toni and the dedication, persistence and vision it takes to achieve the fundraising results she has accomplished.  I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate her on becoming the UK's very best fundraiser of 2012, and being recognized as best in class by her colleagues and the industry.   It really doesn’t get better than that.”

Also commenting on Toni’s achievement, CLIC Sargent Head of Fundraising UK, Clare Gallie said, “Toni has been a fantastic asset to the CLIC Sargent fundraising element, growing gross income in Runs and Challenges from £500,000 to £2m since she joined us in 2004.  Despite the current economic climate and challenges that have faced fundraising managers over the last few years, Toni has continued to be highly motivated and consistently deliver outstanding results.  This is the third time in the last six years that one of the CLIC Sargent team has won this fantastic award and I hope we continue to make an impact next year, on the back of the standard Toni has set”

The Institute of Fundraising National Awards is one of the key events in the voluntary sector calendar - with over 750 fundraising professionals, and suppliers, attending the ceremonial dinner.