This year’s Charity Governance Awards took place online on Thursday 21st May, with the winner of each of the seven categories taking home a £5,000 unrestricted grant.
The awards celebrate outstanding governance and trusteeship in charities across the UK, allowing large and small not-for-profit organisations to inspire and learn from one another.
Public Interest Research Centre won the Board Diversity and Inclusivity award; Embracing Digital was won by upReach, Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk by Muslim Women’s Network UK, and Managing Turnaround by Smallwood Trust.
Judges were impressed by Smallwood Trust board’s bold action, which included recruiting its first permanent Chief Executive Officer and more diverse trustees, and modernising the 130-year-old trust’s mission. From helping 384 beneficiaries in 2015, the charity is now on track to hit its target of supporting 10,000 financially vulnerable women by 2021. Its application success rate has also risen from just 1% (in 2016) to 70% (2019), with monthly hardship payments rising from £29K to nearly £60K.
There were also three Improving Impact Awards: for charities with 0-3, 4-25, and 26+ paid staff. These were won by:
Judges admired the open, collaborative and continual learning approach of St. Mary’s Hospice’s Living Well Centre, in the deprived area of Burrow-in-Furness. The hospice has developed partnerships with eleven local organisations to reach further into the community, with reports stating the centre helps improve well-being and connectedness for around 250 people every month.
Stories of all of the winning charities, and the shortlisted entrants, can be found on the Charity Governance Awards site.
Source: UK Fundraising