When Alexandra Eduque first read the e-mail from Resource Alliance informing her that she is a finalist to this year’s Global Awards for Fundraising, she had to press the refresh button twice to make sure it was real.
“It was so surreal. I thought I was dreaming. I never expected them to even notice me, much less to be a finalist,” says the 23-year old youth leader and Habitat for Humanity Philippines ambassador who became the first Filipino to ever make it to the finals of the Global Awards for Fundraising – an international awards program endorsed by the national associations of fundraisers around the world.
It must have been more surreal when she emerged as the winner in the Outstanding Volunteer category and the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) Choice Award 2013.
The ceremony, held on October 16 in the Netherlands, gave awards in four categories:
- Big Idea, Small Budget Fundraising
- Innovative Fundraising Campaign
- The Global Fundraiser
- The Outstanding Volunteer – individual volunteers whose work has contributed a significant impact to the fundraising success of an organisation.
The jury said,
Alexandra’s voluntary work, spanning advocacy and fundraising, impressed us all through laying the foundations for lasting impact.
Alex is being recognized for her achievements as a Habitat youth volunteer (for eight years now) and for being the founder of the Habitat Youth Council. Since its inception four years ago, Alex and her Youth Council have raised more than P100 million, have mobilized over 8,000 youth volunteers to build over 500 homes for Habitat. In addition, the youth council also pioneered disaster relief, and has served over 28,000 families.
“I created the Habitat Youth Council with the vision of giving the youth an opportunity and a platform to help out,” says Alex, who just graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University. “I believe that the youth plays a vital role in raising awareness and thus, can be instrumental in generating funds to address the issues of poverty and housing in our country.”
“The issues on shelter have direct and indirect effects on the young generation in their journey to develop to their full potential,” she adds.
Asked why she decided to participate in the Global Awards for Fundraising, Alex explains, “I wanted to show the world that in our own small way, young people can be instrumental in creating social change. By working together and with more informed youth, we can improve the lives of many and instill in them a sense of pride, dignity and hope.”