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3. 150 Word Entry Synopsis
4. 1000 Word Submission
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2020 WINNERS & SHORTLISTED

SECTION A: FOR CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFIT INSTITUTIONS

1. Charity of the Year: with an income of less than £1 million
Awarded to a charity the judges believe has delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries, promoted and raised its cause, been clear in its goals and strategy and demonstrated excellence, especially within the last year. Entrants should have an annual income of less than £1m, while showing growth as an organisation since inception. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Create (Arts)

2. Charity of the Year: with an income of £1 million - £10 million
Awarded to a UK-registered charity with an annual income of £1m - £10m that the judges believe has consistently delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries, promoted and raised its cause, been clear in its goals and strategy, and demonstrated excellence all round, especially within the past year. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Hubbub Foundation UK

3. Charity of the Year: with an income of more than £10 million
Awarded to a UK registered charity with an annual income of more than £10m that the judges believe has consistently delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries, promoted and raised its cause, been clear in its goals and strategy, and demonstrated excellence all round, especially within the past year. As a leading charity, the impetus is to show how this status has made a real difference to its beneficiaries, the sector, and how its vision, work and commitment stands apart from the rest. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS)

4. Trustee Board of the Year
Awarded to the trustee board of a UK-registered charity that can demonstrate how strong teamwork, leadership and decision-making have created greater results for the charity for which they serve. The board must be able to showcase how a diverse range of backgrounds and skillsets have been present and utilised; how a strong relationship with the CEO has been established and how the trustees have formed a vital role in the delivery of objectives. The board must be able to provide examples of how the trustees have gone above and beyond their duties as outlined by the Charity Commission. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Prism the Gift Fund

5. Campaigning Team of the Year
Awarded to the campaigning team of a UK-registered charity with an annual income of more than £1 million, based on innovation and real quantifiable results that continually achieve, or exceed, the aims of campaigns during 2020-21. Real quantifiable campaigning objectives and how they have been achieved, need to be shown in detail. Enter here

6. Digital fundraising campaign of the year - NEW CATEGORY FOR 2021
Awarded to a charity that can demonstrate an exceptional use of technology to drive a fundraising campaign through the Covid-19 pandemic. Entries must show details of a specific, digital-only fundraising campaign that led to marked financial results for the charity between March 2020 and March 2021. Ongoing campaigns can be used, but must be able to demonstrate their current and potential financial impact. Enter here

7. Digital transformation of the year - NEW CATEGORY FOR 2021
This award is designed for charities who are able to evidence a total overhaul of their digital operations throughout the pandemic. We are particularly looking for charities who, prior to March 2020, had very little digital experience, and those who have transformed a number of physical functions into successful, virtual operations. Charities that can show a sustainable use of digital, rather than temporary solutions, will be prioritised. Applications must be based on work between March 2020 and the present. Enter here

8. Fundraising Team of the Year
Awarded to the fundraising team of a UK-registered charity with an annual income of over £250,000, on the basis of innovation and real quantifiable results that achieve, or exceed, the aims of a campaign or campaigns during the past year. The entry must evidence how strong teamwork led to fruitful results for the charity. Enter here
2020 WINNER: WaterAid

9. Change Project of the Year
Awarded to a charity that has carried out a significant change project, completed during the past 12 months, resulting in a more efficient or appropriately organised charity to the ultimate benefit of its service users/beneficiaries. This can cover organisation-wide change such as restructuring, or sufficiently major systems changes such as IT upgrades or out/in-sourcing. Enter here
2020 WINNER: SJOG

10. Charity Sustainability Award
Awarded to the charity, NGO or social enterprise that has made the greatest strides in protecting the environment in its operations and supply chain. Judges are looking for energy use reduction, efficiencies, sustainable supply chain and reduction of carbon footprint, as well as a comprehensive strategy to support the environment. Enter here

11. Charity with the best social media presence
Awarded to a UK-registered charity that is able to demonstrate an innovative and effective use of social media throughout the pandemic, taking into account engagement, the use of social media specific campaigns and how well the use of social media has furthered the organisation's goals. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Guide Dogs

12. Social Media Leader of the Year
Awarded to a charity CEO, director or chair that can demonstrate an outstanding use of social media to raise the organisation’s public profile and to engage with employees and/or beneficiaries. Entries must be able to provide evidence of how the use of social media has had a positive impact on the charity and/or raised income and/or greater awareness of the cause. Enter here

13. PR Team of the Year
This award shows excellence in charity PR, either in-house at a charity, or an agency undertaking a PR campaign on behalf of a charity. Benefits of the specific PR campaign have to be proven in real PR terms, such as extensive press and media coverage, which took place in 2020 or the first part of 2021. The charity must have an annual income of over £1m. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Glass Door Homeless Charity

14. Best Use of Technology
Awarded to a charity that has demonstrated an innovative and effective use of technology in any area of its operations throughout 2020-21. Entries can include the innovative use of mobile technology, back-office systems, social media and other forms of technology. Enter here
2020 WINNER: The Film and TV Charity

15. HR Management Award
This award recognises the work done by HR managers in maintaining the professionalism and integrity of a UK-registered charity and ensuring the charity is a good to place to work and applies the highest ethical working standards. The charity must have an annual income of over £1m. Enter here
2020 WINNER: YMCA Humber

16. Property Innovation Award
Awarded to a UK-registered charity that is able to demonstrate a strategic property plan that showcases innovation in property management and/or investment. Judges will be looking for charities that can evidence well-established property portfolios, or those who are able to demonstrate a creative use of property to enhance the charity’s overall mission. Enter here
2020 WINNER: YMCA Humber

17. Information Security Innovation Award – in partnership with Charities Security Forum
This award recognises the work of a person or team in improving cyber security for their charity by demonstrating innovation and commitment to information security. We are particularly interested in rewarding charities that are able to showcase a successful approach to cyber security and keeping their charity’s information secure whilst navigating remote working through the Covid-19 pandemic. Enter here

SECTION B: FOR CHARITY/CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS

18. Corporate Community Local Involvement
This award recognises the active involvement of a commercial company directly with a charitable project in its locality, or through its partnership with a local UK-registered charity, that has had a quantifiably positive impact on the local community in 2020 and/or early part of 2021. Enter here
2020 WINNER: St Clare Hospice and Weston Homes

19. Corporate National Partnership Champion
This award recognises the active involvement of a commercial company directly through a partnership with a UK-registered charity or social enterprise, which has had a quantifiably positive impact on the charity organization in 2020 and/or early part of 2021. Detailed impact of the partnership and relationship needs to be given. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) and Barratt Developments

20. Corporate National Partnership of the Year with a Retailer
This award recognises the active involvement of a retail organisation directly through a partnership with a UK-registered charity, which has had a quantifiably positive impact on the charity in 2020 and/or early part of 2021. Detailed impact of the partnership and relationship needs to be given. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Cancer Research for Children and Young people and TJX Europe (TK Maxx)

21. Corporate National Partnership of the Year with a Financial Institution
This award recognises the active involvement of a financial organisation directly through a partnership with a UK-registered charity, which has had a quantifiably positive impact on the charity in 2020 and/or early part of 2021. Detailed impact of the partnership and relationship needs to be given. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Career Ready & Citi Group

22. Charity Collaboration of the Year
This award recognises a substantive partnership between a UK-registered charity and another third sector body or organisation. This partnership needs to be of real sector significance in financial and sector terms and show demonstrably quantifiable benefit in 2020 and/or early 2021. Enter here
2020 WINNER: British Lung Foundation and the Taskforce for Lung Health

23. Corporate Social Responsibility Project of the Year
This award recognises the active involvement of a commercial company directly with a socially responsible project, which has had a clear connection and benefit on a charity or the charitable sector in 2020-21. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Scope Charity, SGN, UK Power Networks, npower and Together Energy

SECTION C: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

24. Charities’ Bank of the Year
Awarded to a banking organisation that can demonstrate how it has helped charities operationally – through use of banking services, technology innovation or a flexible range of products over the last 12 months. The judges will consider a range of different attributes from relationship management to ethical banking. Please note the criteria is for the banking element of the organisation and it is not a partnership or fundraising category. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Charity Bank

25. Investment Management Award
This award recognises excellence in the professional services offered to the sector, showing evidence of real quantifiable investment returns, especially within the last 12 months, but also within a wider timeframe context. Entries must show a real understanding of the investment needs of charities, with which they work. They must have more than £1 billion investable charitable assets. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Brewin Dolphin

26. Boutique Investment Management Award
This award recognises excellence in the professional services offered to the sector, showing evidence of real quantifiable investment returns, especially within the last 12 months, but also within a wider timeframe context. Entries must show a real understanding of the investment needs of charities, with which they work. They must have less than £1 billion investable charitable assets. Enter here
2020 WINNER: James Hambro & Partners

SECTION D: INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
(PLEASE NOTE WE WILL NEED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE INDIVIDUAL INSTEAD OF A COMPANY LOGO) 

27. Supporting Leader of the Year
This award recognises an executive team member below the principal, who excels in providing a vital supporting role to the leadership. Some examples of eligible roles include deputy CEO, head of policy, head of fundraising, or finance director. Please feel free to contact the editor if you are unsure whether a nominee you have in mind would be eligible. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Navjeet Sira, The Change Foundation

28. Rising Leader of the Year
Awarded to a UK-registered charity chief executive who has demonstrated dedication, professionalism and integrity throughout their short career, and who has produced an identifiably profound effect on the sector through their work and management and shows great potential going forward. The charity should have an annual income of at least £250,000. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Olivia Curno, Vision Foundation

29. Charity Leader of the Year
Awarded to an executive head of a UK-registered charity with an annual income of over £1 million, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and management skills in the running of a charity and whose vision is evident throughout the working of the whole of the charity. Enter here
2020 WINNER: James Thornton, Client Earth

30. Outstanding Individual Achievement (NOT OPEN FOR ENTRIES)
Awarded to a person who has demonstrated leadership, dedication, professionalism throughout their career and has an identifiably profound effect on the sector through the pandemic. Submissions are not invited for this special award. It will be determined via a combination of sector consultation and deliberations amongst our panel of independent judges. This accolade will be presented to its recipient at the awards ceremony.
2020 WINNER: Martha Awojobi

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