Editor's Note: Gold Awards Notes
Finally, Abny explains, "As a judge, it was nice to have dialogue with the other judges and actually discuss the merits of packages. And I think that discussion really pushed the best packages to the surface more effectively rather than just basing it on number scores. The way we did it called for agreement around the top three in each category, and that made us have to look at certain elements more closely and really compare the packages side by side."
The awards, admittedly, are a work in progress, and we hope that each year brings us closer to establishing a recognition program for fundraising efforts that will serve as both a benchmark for fundraising excellence and a classroom for fundraisers looking to learn from their peers.