Last night I attended the inaugural Charity Governance Awards at the Clothworkers Hall in London. The awards were organised by the Clothworkers’ Company in partnership with Reach, Prospectus and NPC (New Philanthropy Capital).
I’m delighted these awards exist as it’s important to recognise good governance. Usually the only time we hear about governance is when it’s bad and it all goes horribly wrong.
By shining a spotlight on the best of the sector, we want to demonstrate how effective governance can transform a charity and even more of the lives of its beneficiaries.
Charities were invited to apply for the awards and there was a two-stage judging process. The fourteen judges boast a wealth of experience in charity governance and the voluntary sector and included Dawn Austwick (Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund), Tony Cohen (Chair of Barnardo’s) and Janet Thorne (CEO of Reach Volunteering).
The six winning charities will share in the £30,000 prize pot, each winning a £5,000 unrestricted grant.
The winning charities represent a diverse range of subject areas including youth work, heritage conservation, mental health support, palliative care, and community improvement. I was really impressed with what the boards of these charities had achieved and all the charities shortlisted were worthy winners but of course, there can only be one…
Board diversity and inclusivity
Improving impact – charities with 0-3 staff
- Winner – Robert Thompson Charities
- Runners-up – Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team; TalentEd
Improving impact – charities with 4-25 staff
Improving impact – charities with 26+ staff
Embracing opportunity and harnessing risk
The 2017 Awards will open for entry on 6 October so make sure you put your Board forward.
Congratulations to all the winners and to all the Boards shortlisted!