The Prostate Cancer Charity named best fundraising organisation to work for at national awards

The Prostate Cancer Charity has been named as the 'Best Fundraising Organisation to Work For' by the Institute of Fundraising Awards at a special awards ceremony last night (4 July 2011).

The National Awards which took were held on the first night of the Institute's three-day National Convention in London, recognised some of the best fundraising ideas in the not-for-profit sector, with the 'Best Fundraising Organisation to Work for' category highlighting organisations that provide an outstanding and supportive working environment for fundraisers.

The Charity faced strong competition from Jewish Care and Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs, but was delighted to scoop the prestigious award.

Praised by the judges for creating a commitment to flexible working alongside a sense of shared values, Director of Fundraising at The Prostate Cancer Charity, Mark Bishop, explains: "We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the Institute of Fundraising's 'Best Fundraising Organisation to Work for'. The past year has seen the team achieve some excellent financial results alongside a positive team ethos.

"I would like to pay tribute to the entire fundraising team for all their hard work, as well as our Human Resources department for helping the Charity to foster such a thriving and flexible working environment. This award is not about one team but the sum total of everyone's efforts and we are deeply honoured to receive this award."

A number of highly respected and influential fundraisers including Liz Showell, Director of Fundraising at the Children's Society and Becky Williams, Director of Development at the Tate acted as judging panel for the high profile event.

Best-selling author and business expert, Geoff Burch presented the Charity with their award. He said: "It's clear that tonight's winners have been using the very best techniques; particularly in these tough times a good fundraiser needs to be very persuasive and charismatic to get their fair share of the pie.

"My hearty congratulations go to the winners and I hope that they can inspire everyone to follow their lead."

For further information, visit http://www.nationalawards.org.uk/.