Nominations Open!

Nominations Open for Inaugural Irish National Fundraising Awards

Awards Recognise Excellence in the Growing Voluntary Sector

28 November 2017

Nexus Direct, an international, full-service direct marketing agency, today announced the opening of award submissions for the inaugural Irish National Fundraising Awards, established to recognise fundraising excellence, showcase innovation and best practices, and further accelerate the growth of the voluntary sector in Ireland.

Award categories include:

  • Fundraiser of the Year
  • Best Individual Giving Campaign
  • Best Legacy or In-Memoriam Campaign
  • Best Use of Digital
  • Best Use of Events
  • Most Innovative Income-Generating Campaign
  • Best Use of Insight and Research
  • Best Use of Direct Mail
  • Best Use of Donor Journey

A judging panel of carefully selected thought leaders from the fundraising sector and beyond will choose the first-place and runner-up selections in each category. Winners will be announced at a gala event on the 22nd of March 2018, at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Further information, as well as guidelines for submissions, can be found at

The deadline for submissions is 16 January.

“From our work around the globe, we believe the fundraising sector in Ireland is one of the most vibrant anywhere,” said Suzanne Cole Nowers, CEO of Nexus Direct. “We’ve established these awards to shine the spotlight on the terrific fundraising work being done to advance the voluntary sector across Ireland.”

Nexus Direct also announced the appointment of Carole Wickham as Managing Director for Nexus Direct in Ireland. Carole brings more than 20 years of experience as a marketer in both the corporate and charity sector, with a particular expertise in donor acquisition and the strategic realignment of legacy fundraising programmes.

“I’m thrilled to join the Nexus Direct team as we continue to build our capacity to serve the voluntary sector in Ireland,” said Wickham. “I’m looking forward to partnering with our Irish clients to help grow their programmes.”

About Nexus Direct: Nexus Direct is an independent, full-service direct marketing agency with a broad range of corporate, political, national association, and nonprofit clients. Founded in 2004, Nexus Direct has been named three times to the Inc. 5000 list of “Fastest-Growing Companies”. Recognised on four Top Business Lists nationally and state-wide in 2016 by and named as a Top 100 Agency by the Agency Post in 2013, Nexus Direct is headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, with offices in Washington, D.C., and Dublin.