The National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) is proud to announce the winners of the Eleventh Annual Lumen Awards, the only awards program recognizing excellence in the ministry of fundraising. One best in show, twelve first place winners and five second place winners were selected in eight categories, including: Best Prospecting Campaign, Best Donor Renewal Program, Best Major Donor Appeal, Best Publications With and Without a Gift Envelope, Best Accountability/Annual Report and Best Integrated Campaign.
The “2016 Best of Show” award was awarded through popular vote at the 2016 NCDC Annual Conference and Exposition to Edmundite Missions (Selma, AL) for their prospecting campaign “2015 Lapsed Donor – Thanksgiving Meal Ticket.” Huntsinger and Jeffer (Richmond, VA) was the contributing agency.
The Lumen Awards were created to acknowledge excellence in the ministry of fundraising and to enrich the Catholic development community through sharing this excellence. Over 140 Catholic fundraising pieces have been recognized with
NCDC Lumen Awards are judged based on a number of factors, including: creativity, copywriting, design, mission loyalty, call to action, cost and results of the campaign and overall concept/quality. Entries are classified into two divisions based on the gross philanthropic income of the nonprofit organization submitting the entry.
The Latin term lumen, meaning light, was chosen as the name of the award to represent the vision and clarity fundraisers must strive for while promoting their missions.
The Lumen Award, a candlestick, celebrates the visible efforts of those doing God’s work in the world. Those holding the light set an example to follow and enlighten the Catholic fundraising community through their good works.