Action Aid and Families for Children are among 20 charities nominated for a Charity Governance Award this year.
The nominated charities are competing in seven categories with the winners, who receive a £5,000 grant, set to be announced at a ceremony in London on May 24.
Action Aid, which supports disadvantaged women and girls globally, is up against Disability Direct and MindOut in the ‘board diversity and inclusivity’ category.
In the ‘improving impact’ category, for charities with at least 26 paid staff, care and adoption charity Families for Children is up against Willen Hospice and Greenhouse Sports, which helps disadvantaged young people through sporting activities.
The other categories cover digital activity, ‘managing turnaround’, ‘embracing opportunity’ and ‘harnessing risk’ as well as impact awards for charities with three or less staff and those with between four and 25 employees.
The awards are organised by The Clothworkers’ Company, charity think-tank New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), volunteer organisation Reach and recruitment company Prospectus.
The 20-strong judging panel includes Barnardo’s chairman Tony Cohen and NPC chief executive Dan Corry.
Michael Howell, chair of The Clothworkers’ Company trusteeship committee, said: “Congratulations to all these successful shortlisted candidates. Once again, our nominees prove that there is exceptional work going on behind the scenes in the third sector. The Charity Governance Awards are now in their third year and it is fantastic to see both a higher number of entries overall, and a higher entry standard for those who have reached this shortlist.
“Raising the bar in charity governance is the ambition of these awards. We should all learn lessons and be inspired by these nominees. We are also delighted to recognise talented, innovative and hard-working trustees and their colleagues – staff and volunteers.”
A full list of nominees can be found here.