Stephen Cotterill: Young fundraisers' talent deserves recognition at a time of crisis

11 May 2020 In-depth

Time to celebrate the rising stars of fundraising.

On her morning show last month, 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne celebrated the work of charities and particularly singled out fundraisers for praise. It was an uplifting couple of hours during what has been a rough few weeks for fundraising and charities.

As our innovation in isolation feature in this issue shows, fundraisers are buckling down, getting on with it and coming up with new ways to generate vital funds for the causes they care about despite the current challenges. More than ever, that determination and drive needs to be celebrated.

Every two years this magazine runs a 25 Under 35 list of rising stars in fundraising – recognising those fundraisers that have gone above and beyond for the causes they are passionate about.

Nominees must be 35 or under when nominated and have a demonstrable track record as a professional fundraiser. You can nominate up to three candidates, but only once – the number of nominations per candidate received does not affect the outcome. You can also nominate yourself.

A panel of judges will decide the final list of 25 to be published in the July issue.

We are looking for young, brilliant, innovative professional fundraisers who have had a real impact on the organisations for which they work and show a deep commitment to the charity sector. Nominations from all types and size of charity will be considered. Past winners have included exceptional talent making a difference in all fields of fundraising from digital to major donor to community and legacy fundraisers.

So if you know someone, or yourself even, whose contribution to the industry you would like to celebrate, then visit, click on the 25 Under 35 link and fill in the online nomination form. Closing date for nominations is 25 May. Now is your chance to shine a light on some of the great work you or a team member is doing.


Civil Society Media’s next Fundraising First Thing takes place on 30 June 2020 and is exploring storytelling through social. From social media to campaigns and websites - engaging content is key to getting your message across and driving support. This session will look at how three charities have redeveloped their content strategies and the lessons they have learned along the way. View the programme and book online here..


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