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1. Entry Form
2. 100 Word Company Profile
3. 100 Word Summary
4. 1000 Word Submission
5. Company Logo
6. UK contact details

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ENTRY FORM
2016 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, demonstrated excellence, especially within the last year, but also, entrants should have an annual income of less than £1m, while showing growth as an organisation since inception.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Outline of your objectives. 
This information will be used to judge the clarity of the organisation’s objectives, and how a relevant strategy to meet those objectives has been created. It should include the time period over which these elements have been created and deployed.
2. Evidence of how these objectives have been met, and what impact the meeting of these objectives has had. This should contain quantitative data to demonstrate the success in meeting these objectives. 
3. Evidence of excellence. This may be in management, planning, execution, identifying a need, commitment or innovation - or a combination of all or any of these.
4. In 500 words or less, why do you think your organisation deserves to win this award? Please detail the overall impact that your organisation has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative or qualitative, or a mixture of both.
CONDITIONS: To enter you must be a UK registered charity. However other not for profit organisations may be allowed to enter at the discretion of the judges. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Tyne Gateway Trust


2. Charity of the Year: with an income of £1 million - £10 million - sponsored by Quilter Cheviot
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 2016-17. 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. 

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Outline of your objectives. This information will be used to judge the clarity of the organisation’s objectives, and how a relevant strategy to meet those objectives has been created. It should include the time period over which these elements have been created and deployed.
2. Evidence of how these objectives have been met, and what impact the meeting of these objectives has had. This should contain quantitative data to demonstrate the success in meeting these objectives.
3. Evidence of excellence. This may be in management, planning, execution, identifying a need, commitment or innovation - or a combination of all or any of these.
4. In 500 words or less, why do you think your organisation deserves to win this award? Please detail the overall impact that your organisation has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative or qualitative, or a mixture of both.
CONDITIONS: To enter you must be a UK registered charity. However other not for profit organisations may be allowed to enter at the discretion of the judges. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Bowel Cancer 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 2016-17. 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. 

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Outline of your objectives. This information will be used to judge the clarity of the organisation’s objectives, and how a relevant strategy to meet those objectives has been created. It should include the time period over which these elements have been created and deployed.
2. Evidence of how these objectives have been met, and what impact the meeting of these objectives has had. This should contain quantitative data to demonstrate the success in meeting these objectives.
3. Evidence of excellence. This may be in management, planning, execution, identifying a need, commitment or innovation - or a combination of all or any of these.
4. In 500 words or less, why do you think your organisation deserves to win this award? Please detail the overall impact that your organisation has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative or qualitative, or a mixture of both.
CONDITIONS: To enter you must be a UK registered charity. However other not for profit organisations may be allowed to enter at the discretion of the judges. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Refuge


4. Best New Charity
Awarded to a UK–registered charity that has made a demonstrable impact since its foundation, achieved both awareness of itself, its cause, mission and vision, and set the foundations of excellent management and accountability for the future. It should be able to show year-on-year-growth since inception.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Outline of the organisation's objectives. This information will be used to judge the clarity of the organisation’s objectives, and how a relevant strategy has been created to meet them.
2. Evidence of how these objectives are being met, and how the foundations of sound management are in place for continued success in future. This should include a description of the impact the organisation has had since its foundation. Can it be shown to have achieved both awareness of itself and its causes and set the foundations of excellent management and accountability? Has it identified any unmet needs and how has it addressed these needs?
3. Evidence of excellence. Excellence may take the form of identifying a need, management, planning, execution, commitment or innovation. This should provide evidence of how your organisation displays excellence in any or all of these areas.
4. In 500 words or less, why do you think the organisation deserves to win this award? Please detail the overall impact that the organisation has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative or a mixture of both.
CONDITIONS: To enter you must be a UK registered charity. However other not-for-profit organisations may be allowed to enter at the discretion of the judges. Enter here
2016 WINNER: The Tutor Trust


5. 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.

The 1,000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. An outline of the reasoning behind undertaking the change project.
How the decision to undertake the project was arrived at, how the end goal was set and the processes put in place to carry out the project.
2. An account of how the change project was undertaken, in particular how the transition was managed in line with objectives and how the charity continued to deliver for service users throughout the project.
3. Evidence of excellence.
This will include any factors which make the project an example of best practice, including keeping within time and budget constraints. Where these constraints were not met (mindful of the unpredictability of major change projects) reasons should be given as to why and how the impact of overruns was managed/mitigated. Evidence should be provided of innovation, excellence in execution and effective communication where appropriate.
4. Why do you think your team deserves to win this award? The submission must include details of the overall impact of the project for service users/beneficiaries. Evidence of impact should include, to the fullest extent possible, how the project quantifiably improved outcomes for service users/beneficiaries.
CONDITIONS: To enter you must be a UK registered charity. However other not-for-profit organisations may be allowed to enter at the discretion of the judges. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Parkinson's UK


6. Rising CEO Star
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. 

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
Please explain why you believe this person should win the award for Rising CEO Star Award. Please bear in mind that the person's efforts should have a lasting effect on the sector, or the public's perception of the sector, and will potentially be a catalyst for positive change.
Please also include a large, high resolution photograph of your nominee. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Anna Smee, UK Youth


7. Fundraising Team of the Year
Awarded to a 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 2014/15/16.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Outline of your team's objectives for its campaign(s).This should include the purpose of the campaign(s), and the process for deciding how the campaign(s) would be implemented. It should also outline the timeframe from conception to launch, and explain how you developed the idea for the campaign(s).
2. Evidence of how these objectives have been met. What impact has the meeting of these objectives had? This should include information on the impact and results of the campaign(s), compared to the cost of running them in terms of both money and time.
3. Evidence of excellence. This will include any factors which make this campaign(s) an example of best practice, and should highlight innovation, excellence in execution and effective communication (for example new media used).
4. In 500 words or less, why do you think you deserve to win this award? This should include details of the overall impact that your efforts have had. In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both.
CONDITIONS: To enter you must be a UK registered charity. However other not-for-profit organisations may be allowed to enter at the discretion of the judges. Enter here
2016 WINNER (income under £5 million): Community Foundation for Calderdale
2016 WINNER (income over £5 million): The Grand Appeal


8. Charity Principal of the Year
Awarded to an executive head of a UK registered charity with an annual income of over £1m, 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.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Outline of the role and profile of the individual within the organisation.This should include how long they have been principal, what their role entails, and how they are viewed by others in the organisation.
2. Evidence of how the principal's decisions have aided the charity in its work. This should include specific examples of how their outstanding leadership and management skills have been used to the organisation’s advantage.
3. Evidence of how the principal has used their personal skills and qualities to the benefit of the trustees, employees and stakeholders.This can contain examples of communication and interpersonal skills, overcoming difficulties and commitment to the organisation and its aims.
4. Evidence of best professional practices and standards. This should include how the principal's professional attributes have been used to the organisation's advantage. This can include schemes and policies introduced, effective interaction with the board, organisational development and overall best practice in leadership and management.
5. In 500 words or less, why do you think the principal deserves to win this award? Please detail the overall excellence in leadership that the principal has displayed. In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both.
Please also include a large, high resolution photograph of your nominee.
CONDITIONS:
To enter you must be a UK registered charity. However other not-for-profit organisations may be allowed to enter at the discretion of the judges. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Dr Beverley Jacobson, Kisharon


9. Campaigning Team of the Year
Awarded to a campaigning team of a UK-registered charity with an annual income of more than £1m, on the basis of innovation and real quantifiable results that achieve, or exceed, the aims of a campaign or campaigns during 2016-2017. Real quantifiable campaigning objectives and how they have been achieved, need to be shown in real detail. 

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Outline of your team's objectives for its campaign(s). This should include the purpose of the campaign(s), and the process for deciding how the campaign(s) would be implemented. It should also outline the timeframe from conception to launch, and explain how you developed the idea for the campaign(s).
2. Evidence of how these objectives have been met. What impact has the meeting of these objectives had? This should include information on the impact and results of the campaign(s), compared to the cost of running them in terms of both money and time.
3. Provide evidence of excellence.This will include any factors which make the campaign(s) an example of best practice, and should highlight innovation, excellence in execution and effective communication (for example new media used).
4. In 500 words or less, why do you think your team deserves to win this award? This should include details of the overall impact that the campaign(s) has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both.
CONDITIONS: To enter you must be a UK registered charity. However other not-for-profit organisations may be allowed to enter at the discretion of the judges. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Diabetes UK


10. Best Use of the Web
Awarded to a UK-registered charity which can demonstrate innovative and effective use of the web within the 2016-17 period, taking into account of Web 2.0 technologies, accessibility issues, usability, and how well the website furthers the organisation's goals.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Outline of your objectives in implementing web technology. This should include the purpose of using the web technology in question, which can include increasing effectiveness of communication, improving assistance to end users, providing information, fundraising, etc. Also detail how the particular technology was chosen.
2. Evidence of how these objectives have been met. What impact has the meeting of these objectives had? This should include detail of the effectiveness of the technology, the timescale involved from conception to implementation, and the overall cost - this can be as a measure of ROI or similar.
3. Evidence of excellence. This should outline what makes this project an example of best practice in the use of web technology. Please provide examples of excellence in innovation and execution in the overall project and the technology itself.
4. In 500 words or less, why do you think your use of the web deserves to win this award?
This should include details of the overall impact that your web technology has had.
In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative or a mixture of both.
CONDITIONS: To enter you must be a UK registered charity. However other not-for-profit organisations may be allowed to enter at the discretion of the judges. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Shelter


11. 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 2016 or first part of 2017. The charity must have with an annual income of over £1m.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Outline of your team's objectives for its campaign(s). This should include the purpose of the campaign(s), and the process for deciding how the campaign(s) would be implemented. It should also outline the timeframe from conception to launch, and explain how you developed the idea for the campaign(s).
2. Please provide evidence of how these objectives have been met. What impact has the meeting of these objectives had? This should include information on the impact and results of the campaign(s), compared to the cost of running them in terms of both money and time.
3. Please provide evidence of excellence. This will include any factors which make the campaign(s) an example of best practice, and should highlight innovation, excellence in execution and effective communication (for example new media used).
4. In 500 words or less, why do you think your team deserves to win this award? This should include details of the overall impact that the campaign(s) has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both.
CONDITIONS: To enter you must be a UK registered charity. However other not-for-profit organisations may be allowed to enter at the discretion of the judges. Enter here
2016 WINNER (INCOME UNDER £10 MILLION): Muscular Dystrophy UK 
2016 WINNER (INCOME OVER £10 MILLION): The National Autistic Society


12. International Charity
Awarded to an internationally registered charity, which is registered in the domicile of its work or place of origin, has an annual income of more than £1m, that has consistently delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries, promoted and raised its cause, been clear in its goals and strategy, and demonstrated excellence, throughout 2016 and 2017, on an international scale.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Outline of your objectives. This information will be used to judge the clarity of the organisation’s objectives, and how a relevant strategy to meet those objectives has been created. It should include the time period over which these elements have been created and deployed.
2. Evidence of how these objectives have been met, and what impact the meeting of these objectives has had. This should contain quantitative data to demonstrate the success in meeting these objectives.
3. Evidence of excellence. This may be in management, planning, execution, identifying a need, commitment or innovation - or a combination of all or any of these.
4. In 500 words or less, why do you think your organisation deserves to win this award? Please detail the overall impact that your organisation has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative or qualitative, or a mixture of both. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Brac


13. 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.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Main goals of your organisation's HR policy, and how these fit with the wider goals of your organisation.
2. Evidence of how the HR director or team's involvement in the organisation has created a successful improvement in performance or successfully met specific objectives.
3. Evidence of an effective programme of recruitment and retention. This may include specific details of benefits packages, employee training, flexible working and any other systems in place which represent best practice in recruiting and maintaining employees or volunteers. This can also include non-financial incentives.
4. Evidence of excellence. This may include innovations in HR policy, execution of policies and effective communication of those policies to the workforce. This can also include the effective communication of organisational aims to the workforce, as well as peer benchmarking and performance management.
5. In 500 words or less, why do you think your organisation deserves to win this award? In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both.
CONDITIONS: To enter you must be a UK registered charity. However other not-for-profit organisations may be allowed to enter at the discretion of the judges. Enter here
2016 WINNER: St Cuthbert's Hospice


14. Financial Management Award
Awarded to a UK-registered charity financial team or a charity finance director whose actions have clearly aided a charity in its work or position. The team or director will also be judged on the clarity of internal communication of financial information to facilitate decision-making, and external communication in terms of reports and accounts, especially from evidence shown in 2016 and 2017. The charity must have an income of over £1m.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Summary of the work of the team.
Please include in this details of the organisation and team involved, what they do, and who they serve.
2. Outline of the objectives of the team and how they were met.
This should include details of the overall aim of the team, activities and practices undertaken to meet objectives, details of time and expertise of individual staff. In addition, this should how the team achieved its objectives.
3. Evidence of the impact of the objectives being met.
This should include quantifiable details of positive effects on the partnership's intended beneficiaries.
4. Evidence of excellence.
This should include examples of best practice at various stages of the planning process from conception to execution. It can include innovation, planning, delivery and communication.
5. In 500 words or less, why do you think you deserve to win this award?
This should include examples of the overall impact your work has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Career Connect


15. Social Investment Initiative
The Social Investment initiative will award an important social investment initiative that has proven highly advantageous to the sector within a long-term framework, opening up opportunities to the sector and promoting sustainable development. 

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Outline of your objectives. This information will be used to judge the clarity of the organisation’s objectives, and how a relevant strategy to meet those objectives has been created. It should include the time period over which these elements have been created and deployed.
2. Evidence of how these objectives have been met, and what impact the meeting of these objectives has had. This should contain quantitative data to demonstrate the success in meeting these objectives.
3. Evidence of excellence. This may be in management, planning, execution, identifying a need, commitment or innovation - or a combination of all or any of these.
4. In 500 words or less, why do you think your organisation deserves to win this award? Please detail the overall impact that your organisation has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative or qualitative, or a mixture of both.
CONDITIONS: To enter you must be a UK registered charity. However other not for profit organisations may be allowed to enter at the discretion of the judges. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Social Business Trust


16. Community Award
The Community Award recognises an individual or sector organisation empowering communities and promoting social action by encouraging people to be more involved in their communities, to volunteer and, give money.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Outline of your objectives. This information will be used to judge the clarity of the organisation’s objectives, and how a relevant strategy to meet those objectives has been created. It should include the time period over which these elements have been created and deployed.
2. Evidence of how these objectives have been met, and what impact the meeting of these objectives has had. This should contain quantitative data to demonstrate the success in meeting these objectives.
3. Evidence of excellence. This may be in management, planning, execution, identifying a need, commitment or innovation - or a combination of all or any of these.
4. In 500 words of less, why do you think your organisation deserves to win this award? Please detail the overall impact that your organisation has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative or qualitative, or a mixture of both.
CONDITIONS: To enter you must be a UK registered charity. However other not for profit organisations may be allowed to enter at the discretion of the judges. Enter here
2016 WINNER: For Jimmy

17. Fundraising Technology Award
Awarded to any form of fundraising technology which has demonstrated an outstanding, innovative and highly productive use of fundraising technology within 2016-17, supported by clear evidence of fundraising objectives achieved. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Cancer Research UK


18. Excellence in Internal Communications
This award recognises excellence in in-house/internal communications, in particular how effective lines of communication within organisations improve efficiency and ultimately outcomes for service users/beneficiaries. In this context, in-house/internal communications can extend beyond the ‘back office’ of an organisation to include service users/beneficiaries/members who, via regular (eg. day-to-day) contact are effectively part of an organisation.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. An outline of in-house communication practices, and the organisational structures/teams/individuals responsible for ensuring efficient and effective in-house communications. This should include where responsibility for in-house communications practices sits at management/influencer level. 
2. Evidence of excellence. This will include any factors which set the in-house communications team apart and highlight best practice. Where technology solutions are used evidence should be supplied of how these tools enable excellence in internal communications and provide for a more efficient and effective organisation.  
3. Why do you think your team deserves to win this award? This should include information on impact, in particular tangible evidence of how the focus on excellent in-house communication practices provides for improved outcomes for service users/beneficiaries. Case studies are welcome where such information provides the clearest illustration of the impact of in-house communication systems.
CONDITIONS: To enter you must be a UK registered charity. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability


SECTION B: FOR CHARITY/CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS

19. 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 2016 and/or early part of 2017.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Summary of the partnership organisations. 

Please include in this details of all organisations involved, what they do, and who they serve.
2. Outline of the objectives of the project/partnership and how they were met.
This should include details of the overall aim of the project/partnership, activities and practices undertaken to meet objectives, and details of donated time, money, goods and expertise on behalf of the company and individual staff. In addition, this should explain how the partnership benefited the corporate partner, as well as the charity. Also please state the timeframe of the project/partnership. 
3. Evidence of the impact of the partnership's objectives being met.
This should include quantifiable details of positive effects on the partnership's intended beneficiaries.
4. Evidence of excellence.
This should include examples of best practice at various stages of the partnership from conception to execution. It can include innovation, planning, delivery, communication and mutual benefit between the partners involved.
5. In 500 words or less, why do you think your partnership deserves to win this award?
This should include examples of the overall impact that the partnership has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Community Links & BNY Mellon


20. 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, that has had a quantifiably positive impact on the charity organization in 2016 and/or early part of 2017. Detailed impact of the partnership and relationship needs to be given.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Summary of the partnership organisations. 

Please include in this details of all organisations involved, what they do, and who they serve.
2. Outline of the objectives of the project/partnership and how they were met
This should include details of the overall aim of the project/partnership, activities and practices undertaken to meet objectives, and details of donated time, money, goods and expertise on behalf of the company and individual staff. In addition, this should explain how the partnership benefited the corporate partner, as well as the charity. Also please state the timeframe of the project/partnership. 
3. Evidence of the impact of the partnership's objectives being met.
This should include quantifiable details of positive effects on the partnership's intended beneficiaries.
4. Evidence of excellence.
This should include examples of best practice at various stages of the partnership from conception to execution. It can include innovation, planning, delivery, communication and mutual benefit between the partners involved.
5. In 500 words or less, why do you think your partnership deserves to win this award?
This should include examples of the overall impact that the partnership has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Missing People & Outsmart


21. 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, that has had a quantifiably positive impact on the charity in 2016 and/or early part of 2017. Detailed impact of the partnership and relationship needs to be given.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Summary of the partnership organisations. 

Please include in this details of all organisations involved, what they do, and who they serve.
2. Outline of the objectives of the project/partnership and how they were met.
This should include details of the overall aim of the project/partnership, activities and practices undertaken to meet objectives, and details of donated time, money, goods and expertise on behalf of the company and individual staff. In addition, this should explain how the partnership benefited the corporate partner, as well as the charity. Also please state the timeframe of the project/partnership. 
3. Evidence of the impact of the partnership's objectives being met.
This should include quantifiable details of positive effects on the partnership's intended beneficiaries.
4. Evidence of excellence.
This should include examples of best practice at various stages of the partnership from conception to execution. It can include innovation, planning, delivery, communication and mutual benefit between the partners involved.
5. In 500 words or less, why do you think your partnership deserves to win this award?
This should include examples of the overall impact that the partnership has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Oxfam & Waterstones


22. 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, that has had a quantifiably positive impact on the charity in 2016 and/or early part of 2017. Detailed impact of the partnership and relationship needs to be given.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Summary of the partnership organisations. 

Please include in this details of all organisations involved, what they do, and who they serve.
2. Outline of the objectives of the project/partnership and how they were met.
This should include details of the overall aim of the project/partnership, activities and practices undertaken to meet objectives, and details of donated time, money, goods and expertise on behalf of the company and individual staff. In addition, this should explain how the partnership benefited the corporate partner, as well as the charity. Also please state the timeframe of the project/partnership. 
3. Evidence of the impact of the partnership's objectives being met.
This should include quantifiable details of positive effects on the partnership's intended beneficiaries.
4. Evidence of excellence.
This should include examples of best practice at various stages of the partnership from conception to execution. It can include innovation, planning, delivery, communication and mutual benefit between the partners involved.
5. In 500 words or less, why do you think your partnership deserves to win this award?
This should include examples of the overall impact that the partnership has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Place2Be & Bank of America Merrill Lynch 


23. Cross-sector Partnership of the Year
This award recognises a substantive partnership between a UK-registered charity, or other third sector organisation such as a social enterprise, and another body within the third sector umbrella, whether that be another charity, or public sector body like the NHS or a Local Authority. This partnerships needs to be of real sector significance in financial and sector terms and show demonstrably quantifiable benefit in 2016 and/or early 2017.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Summary of the partnership organisations.
Please include in this details of all organisations involved, what they do, and who they serve.
2. Outline of the objectives of the partnership and how they were met.
This should include details of the overall aim of the partnership, activities and practices undertaken to meet objectives. This should explain how the partnership benefited each of the partners individually. Also please state the timeframe of the project/partnership.
3. Evidence of the impact of the partnership's objectives being met.
This must include quantifiable details of positive effects on the partnership's intended beneficiaries.
4. Evidence of excellence.
This should include examples of best practice at various stages of the partnership from conception to execution. It can include innovation, planning, delivery, communication and mutual benefit between the partners involved.
5. In 500 words or less, why do you think your partnership deserves to win this award?
This should include examples of the overall impact that the partnership has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both. Enter here
2016 WINNER: The Scout Association, Canal & River Trust, Alzheimer’s Society, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Guide Dogs, Mind & Water Aid 


24. Supporting Executive of the Year - NEW CATEGORY
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.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Outline of the role and profile of the individual within the organisation.
This should include how long they have been in post, and what their role entails.
2. Evidence of how this executive’s work has supported the CEO and/or board.
This should include specific examples of how their work have benefited the senior decision makers of the charity. Feedback attributed to the CEO/board is strongly encouraged.
3. Evidence/examples of how the executive’s work has improved the charity to the ultimate benefit of beneficiaries.
This can contain examples of clearly improved outcomes that are attributable in a direct way, but not necessarily entirely, to the executive’s work and actions.
4. In 500 words or less, why do you think this executive deserves to win this award?
Please detail the overall excellence in outputs and professional standards that the executive has displayed. In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both.
Please also include a large, high resolution photograph of your nominee.
CONDITIONS: To enter the executive must be an employee of a UK registered charity. However, other not-for-profit organisations may be allowed to enter at the discretion of the judges. Enter here


25. 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 2016-2017.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Summary of the organisations.
Please include in this details of all organisations involved, what they do, and who they serve.
2. Outline of the objectives of the project/partnership and how they were met.
This should include details of the overall aim of the project/partnership, activities and practices undertaken to meet objectives, and details of donated time, money, goods and expertise on behalf of the company and individual staff. In addition, this should explain how the partnership benefited the corporate partner, as well as the charity. Also please state the timeframe of the project/partnership.
3. Evidence of the impact of the partnership's objectives being met.
This should include quantifiable details of positive effects on the partnership's intended beneficiaries.
4. Evidence of excellence.
This should include examples of best practice at various stages of the partnership from conception to execution. It can include innovation, planning, delivery, communication and mutual benefit between the partners involved.
5. In 500 words or less, why do you think your partnership deserves to win this award?
This should include examples of the overall impact that the partnership has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Samaritans, Network Rail, British Transport Police & Rail Industry Suicide Stakeholder Group 


26. Best Use of Technology
Awarded to a charity which has demonstrated an innovative and effective use of technology in any area of its operations within 2016-17. Entries can include the innovative use of mobile technology, back-office systems, social media and other forms of technology.

The 1000 word submission for this category must include the following:
1. Summary of the organisations.
Please include in this details of all organisations involved, what they do, and who they serve.
2. Outline of the objectives of the project/partnership and how they were met.
This should include details of the overall aim of the technology project/partnership, innovation, activities and practices undertaken to meet objectives, details of additional donated time, money, goods and expertise on behalf of the company and individual staff.
3. Evidence of the impact of the partnership's objectives being met.
This should include quantifiable details of positive effects on the partnership's intended beneficiaries. This mean real evidence on how the technology used benefited the charity or sector as a whole.
4. Evidence of excellence.
This should include examples of best practice at various stages of the partnership from conception to execution. It can include innovation, planning, delivery, communication and mutual benefit between the partners involved.
5. In 500 words or less, why do you think your partnership deserves to win this award?
This should include examples of the overall impact that the partnership has had. In this section evidence may be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Autism East Midlands 


SECTION C: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CATEGORY

27. Investment Management
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, and 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
2016 WINNER: Rathbone Investment Management 


28. Boutique Investment Management
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, and 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
2016 WINNER: Standard Life Wealth 


29. Advisory Provider of the Year
Awarded to a professional services firm that has demonstrated a real commitment to the sector and sector organisations in its work, demonstrably adding value for charities through sharing its expertise during 2016-17. Examples of eligible entrants include law firms, accountancy practices, and management consultancy firms that have provided high quality and ultimately transformative advisory or consultancy services to a UK-registered charity (or charities). This category is designed to help promote the work that professional services firms undertake for charities and highlight the value and benefits that they bring to the sector. Entries can focus on work the firm has done to assist with the overall strategic direction of a charity or charities - including mergers - to the defined area of work (such as change management) more global skills (such as leadership and development programmes), and advice/services that have helped charities become more effective. While there is no requirement for advisory services covered in the entry to have been provided pro bono, fee structures designed with sensitivity to the typically limited resources of charities will be viewed favourably. Shortlisted and winning entries will provide evidence of the impact the outcome of the firm’s work has had on the charity’s ability to deliver for its service users/beneficiaries. Enter here
2016 WINNER: Bates Wells Braithwaite


SECTION D: INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

30.Outstanding Individual Achievement
Awarded to a person who has demonstrated dedication, professionalism and integrity throughout their career, and who has produced an identifiably profound effect on the sector through their work and management over at least a 20 year period. 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.
2016 WINNER: Tony Elischer 

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