The Foundation beat off fierce competition to win best Fundraising Campaign for the Calderdale Flood Fund at the Third Sector Awards.
The Foundation was also awarded Fundraising Team of the Year at the Charity Times Awards.
The ceremony was held on the 14th September at Lancaster London and was hosted by comedian Mark Watson. The awards aim to celebrate excellence within the charitable and non-profit sector, as well as inspire and educate.The Third Sector is a leading publication for the voluntary and non-profit sector, boasting a readership of 55,000 people.
The Fundraising Campaign award is highly prestigious, with the Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) beating high-profile campaigns from large charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The Calderdale Flood Fund was launched by CFFC as a response to the Boxing Day floods which devastated communities across the UK, including thousands of people living in Calder Valley. Within 8 weeks, over £1.5 million was collected from the public appeal. CFFC distributed the fund by awarding grants to those in greatest need.
The appeal currently stands at £3.16 million, £1.51 of which was raised through government match funding. Thousands of grants have been awarded, providing help for emergency aid, replacing flooring and white goods, supporting flood-affected businesses, and more. Grants continue to be awarded to this day.
As part of the appeal fund, two projects have also been set up to protect from future flooding. Watermark Calderdale is a campaign which donates a portion of profits from Watermark-branded products (such as drinks, books, or event tickets) to the fund. Flood Save is a project which provides match funding to support local businesses affected by the flooding.
More recently, the Community Foundation has also won Best Fundraising Team of the Year at the Charity Times Awards – highlighting the amazing effort which the team have put in to help people impacted by the flooding.
Steve Duncan, Chief Executive of Community Foundation for Calderdale, said: “This has simply been the most rewarding and humbling experience of my life – talking with and meeting so many resilient, positive, generous and genuine people.”
From Left Mark Watson, Liz Kenny, Steve Duncan, Danni Bailey, Emma Woods-Bolger, Lee Kenny
The Community Foundation have been giving philanthropic advice in Calderdale to businesses and families for over 25 years, during that time they have worked with many local businesses to raise funds and distribute them locally, awarding over £20million in Calderdale to over 8,000 charitable organisation and individuals in crisis.
Recently the organisation also hosted a business dinner to thank local business supporters from across the 25 years. Find out more
The Foundation we also recognised at the Huddersfield Examiner awards and the Halifax Courier awards