8 July 2014
Macmillan also celebrates success at last night’s Institute of Fundraising Awards
Lynda Thomas, Director of Fundraising at Macmillan Cancer Support, has been named the second most influential person in Fundraising, in the annual Fundraising Magazine poll. Lynda, who became Macmillan’s Director of Fundraising in January 2012, oversaw a record breaking year of fundraising for Macmillan in 2013, which saw them raise £187m, a 21% rise from 2012. Michael Dent, Director of Mass Market Fundraising at Macmillan, also placed at number 24 on the list.
Lynda said: “It’s a great honour to find myself anywhere on a list of such inspiring people, let alone as the second most influential person in fundraising. Whilst I accept the accolade with open arms, it really is testament to the wider team effort across Macmillan Cancer Support, as we continue to fearlessly strive and innovate in all areas of fundraising, so that we can raise as much money as possible to ensure no-one faces cancer alone”.
Macmillan was also a winner at last night’s Institute of Fundraising Awards, taking home the award for the Best Use of Digital for the inaugural Go Sober for October campaign and the award for Best Use of Events for the World's Biggest Coffee Morning, which last year raised £20million. Macmillan was also shortlisted for the Best Fundraising Organisation to Work For award.
Michael Dent adds: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have won two such prestigious awards in these highly competitive categories. The two campaigns that won were very different but highlight the variety of fundraising events we now offer; the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is our flagship fundraiser that continues to grow from strength to strength, and Go Sober for October is a new, more risky product that the team worked hard to get right. It’s an exciting time to be a part of team Macmillan”.
For further information, please contact:
Gabrielle Taylor – Senior Press Officer (Fundraising), Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7091 2063 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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