Updated: Jun 19
Orangeville, ON – On November 30th, CharityVillage, a career resource to over 170,000 charitable and nonprofit organizations across Canada, handed out awards during their annual conference.
RaDeana Montgomery the Resource Development Communication Coordinator at Hospice Dufferin was chosen as the Best Individual Fundraising Professional in Canada. This is a huge accomplishment considering there are over 86,000 registered charities in Canada.
Throughout the non-profit sector, hardworking individual fundraisers are dedicated to connecting donors to important causes by finding new and innovative ways to raise money. This award recognizes exceptional individual achievement in fundraising over the past year.
Montgomery was nominated by Executive Director of Hospice Dufferin Maureen Riedler because “RaDeana demonstrates a dedication to exemplifying how the for-profit world and the not-for-profit world can work together to provide supports in our community. She has developed fundraisers that are inclusive of benefiting both sectors”.
Once the submission was sent to CharityVillage, five nominees from each category were moved forward as finalists, with the winner chosen by an outside panel of fundraising experts.
“This award is an honour.” Montgomery said. “When they announced the finalists I was just so happy to have made it that far, but when they announced my name I was speechless. Fundraising is a tough job, one that I take to heart, so I knew I was in a category with some other amazing caring, compassionate people.”
Hospice Dufferin is responsible to raise 40% of its operating budget, and following the onset of COVID-19, the organization has had to be creative in finding ways to raise much needed funds in Dufferin County. The Resource Development Communication Coordinator is responsible to assist Hospice Dufferin adapt its fundraising strategy for a COVID-altered world, re-inventing and strengthening the fundraising plan while diversifying revenue sources.
In addition to creating new fundraising strategies, Montgomery worked hard this year to communicate with donors and potential donors to keep people engaged with Hospice Dufferin and expand the organization’s audience.
Hospice Dufferin held many fundraisers in 2022, including the Hike for Hospice Dufferin, Butterfly Release, Golf 4 Hospice, Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt, and the successful A Night in Paris that was a partnership with Alzheimer Society of Dufferin County. Funds raised go directly back to creating programs and services to help empower people living with life-limiting illness, their caregivers and the bereaved to live fully in the face of challenges.
Blog written by RaDeana Montgomery Resource Development and Communications Coordinator Hospice Dufferin.