Five small charities have been announced as the winners of the 2019 Foundation for Social Improvement’s (FSI) Small Charity Big Impact Awards.
The ‘Small Charity – Big Impact Day’ of last week’s Small Charity Week highlights the work of small charities (those with a turnover under £1 million) and the impact they make on a local, national and international level.
Each charity has won a professionally made film to help promote their charity, an impact audit for their organisation from the FSI with a value of £650 and recognition for the charity’s valuable work.
The winners were:
1. Charity with an annual income under £50,000:
The Lorna Young Foundation (LYF), founded in 2006, works with farmer organisations in developing countries, helping them to access better information, expertise and markets, in particular, through their innovative ‘Farmer Radio’ programme.
2. Charity with an annual income between £50,001 – £150,000:
A Partner in Education (APIE) was first established in response to a request for help to increase access to education in Rwanda, but in consultation with local stakeholders, this mission evolved to focus on improving the quality of education. They work alongside local educators, supporting them to hone their skills and share their learning in an effective and sustainable way.
3. Charity with an annual income between £150,001 – £250,000:
Raising Futures Kenya works with individuals, schools, local governments and other NGOs to provide vulnerable young people in Kenya with better opportunities through personal guidance, counselling, business support and vocational training.
4. Charity with an annual income between £250,001 – £500,000:
Dandelion Time works with vulnerable children, helping them to build their self-esteem and overcome trauma. In a combination of one-to-one and group family sessions, families take part in practical farm and craft activities, helping to foster positive familial relationships and build self-respect, empathy and positive communication.
5. Charity with an annual income between £500,001 – £1 million:
Grapevine Coventry and Warwickshire Ltd offers practical guidance, advocacy and person-centred support to people experiencing isolation, poverty and disadvantage in Coventry and Warwickshire. They also facilitate dialogue between service users and systems and services such as the NHS and local authorities to see how they can tackle the root causes of problems, rather than simply treating the symptoms.
“Without the tireless hard work of small charities and community groups, many people in the UK would be considerably worse off. As most of these organisations don’t get anything like the recognition they deserve, a glittering awards ceremony that sings their praises can only be a good thing. If it were up to us, they’d all get a prize – as it is we’re just pleased to support this good cause for good causes.”
Full details of each of the winning organisations and how to enter the next FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards can be found on the Small Charity Week website.
Source: UK Fundraising.