A fast-growing network of Community Fridges, an education project that teaches young women about extremism and online grooming, and a campaign to ensure the environment doesn’t suffer as a result of Brexit, are among 28 inspiring projects shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2019.
The Charity Awards is the charity world’s longest-running, biggest and best-known awards ceremony. Entries are judged by an independent panel of charity leaders against a robust framework of six Hallmarks of Excellence, and all the shortlisted charities have demonstrated outstanding best practice in leadership and management, from which other organisations can learn.
The ten category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a black-tie dinner on 5 June, held in the grounds of the Tower of London.
The evening will be hosted by the Rev Richard Coles, who will be joined on the night by a host of celebrities, representatives of the shortlisted charities, as well as leaders from across the charity sector.
Matthew Nolan, chief executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated all the shortlisted charities on making the highly-coveted shortlist. He said: “Once again we received a record number of entries to the Charity Awards, and the breadth and quality of the work being done by charities across the sector continues to astonish.
“For 20 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do. Our rigorous judging process highlights those charities with the most innovative ideas and the most effective approaches to delivering real change.
“The nominees on this year’s shortlist are examples of large and small charities who are truly leaders in their field.”
Andy Pitt, head of charities – London at Rathbones, overall partner of the Charity Awards, said: “The Charity Awards celebrate leadership, good governance, innovation and excellence. As investment managers we do everything we can to support the work that the sector does and promoting best practice is an important part of our relationship with charities.”
Sir John Low, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), said: “As a long-term sponsor of the Charity Awards, we at the Charities Aid Foundation are proud to be associated with the premier national event that celebrates and showcases the best of what British charities do year in year out.
“Strong leadership, innovation, service excellence and a commitment to transparency; all of the shortlisted charities live these values, and it’s only right they receive recognition for their amazing work. Long may this continue and best of luck to these remarkable charities, who all make this country a better place.”