Hand in Hand’s Martha Huntley shortlisted for National Fundraising Award

27 Sep 2016

The nominations are in, the longlist whittled down to size, and Hand in Hand International’s very own Martha Huntley has been shortlisted for a National Fundraising Award 2016.

Hosted annually by the Institute of Fundraising, the awards “recognise and reward fundraising excellence and best practice, celebrating the truly great work carried out by fundraisers every single day.” Martha (pictured above, centre), who joined Hand in Hand in March 2015, is competing in the Best Fundraising Newcomer category.

“I’m in shock,” she said. “The rest of the field is so incredibly strong. Good luck to everyone on awards night!”

The awards take place at London’s Troxy theatre on 29 November 2016.

Martha’s National Fundraising Awards bio

Martha Huntley arrived in our basement office in the spring of 2015, picked up the phone and started to dial. By the time she turned 26 a year later she’d raised US$2.1 million, transformed the way that we fundraise and put more than 50,000 of our beneficiaries on the path to sustainable, life-changing employment.

Not bad for Hand in Hand International’s youngest employee.

When we handed Martha Hand in Hand’s portfolio of corporate donors we expected her to be good. We knew, for example, that she could nurture existing relationships. What we got instead was greatness, lifting Hand in Hand 14 percent and almost US$1 million above our fundraising goal for the year.

So, how did she do it? With cheerful persistence, ruthless optimism, an international outlook and patient leadership. And a little more cheerful persistence.

Read the full shortlist