Have you got an outstanding Board of Trustees? Do you pride yourself on your charity’s high standards of governance? Could you do with an extra £5,000?

Then why not enter the 2022 Charity Governance Awards?

As the name suggests, the awards, which are sponsored and hosted by the Clothworkers’ Company, shine a spotlight on charities that excel at governance and trusteeship.

Open to national and local charities, large and small, you can enter under one of the following four categories:

  1. Board Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: The judges are looking for charities that can demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity and diversity within their Boards (in terms of approach, life experience, culture, ethnicity, disability, professional background, age etc.) Need some inspiration? The 2021 winners were TLC (Talk, Listen, Change). Read about their winning strategy here.
  2. Transforming with Digital: Thanks to the pandemic, over the past year and a half, charities have been forced to move operations online. The judges want to hear from Boards that have championed technology to create long-term change for their organisations. Maybe your Board supported the executive team in creating an innovative app that’s transformed your fundraising. The Muslim Women’s Network won the award last year. Find out how and why here.
  3. COVID-19: Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk for Long-term Change: This award will go to a Board that has leveraged the charity’s response to COVID-19 to deliver long-term benefit and change. This could mean working in new ways and markets, raising funds in an untraditional way or adopting a new financial model. To cut the mustard, your charity needs to have demonstrated considered risk-taking that has enabled the charity to meet the needs of more beneficiaries, raise the organisation’s profile or grow its income. The Green’s Windmill Trust excelled by supplying five times the amount of flour it normally produces during the first lockdown. Read about it here.
  4. Improving Impact in Small Charities: There are two awards under this category: One for charities with 0-3 paid staff and the other for charities with 4-30 paid staff. If you fit the criteria and can demonstrate how your Board has increased your charity’s impact in relation to its cause, mission and values, why not apply? Just bear in mind, they’re looking for examples of Board’s that have increased social impact, not income. EdUKaid were last year’s worthy winners. See why here.

What’s the prize?

There’s £35,000 up for grabs. The winner of each category will win £5,000, runners-up will receive £1,000, and all the shortlisted charities will get a year’s paid membership to the Association of Chairs for their board members, plus one complimentary place on the Cause4 Trustee Leadership Programme.

The t’s & c’s

Entry is free. The only caveats are, your charity must have been established before 31 December 2018, and registered in the UK.

Shortlisted charities will be notified in April, and invited to a glitzy awards ceremony in May 2022, at the Clothworker’s Hall, London.

If you want to apply, you’d better get a wriggle on, as the deadline for entries is 12pm on 26 January, 2022.

Need help recruiting a top fundraiser to help you with your award entry? Give us a call on 0203 750 3111