The Charity Awards 2024 shortlist is announced

17 May 2024 Announcement

Civil Society Media

A project that helped pensioners access thousands of pounds of unclaimed benefits, a medical research breakthrough that will transform treatments for millions of people with type 1 diabetes, and a programme helping survivors of modern slavery to access justice and support, are among 30 inspiring projects shortlisted for the Charity Awards 2024.  

The Charity Awards, which announces its shortlist today (17 May), is the charity world’s longest-running, biggest and best-known awards ceremony.

This year’s charities have been judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice in leadership and management, from which other organisations can learn. 
The 10 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 9 July, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. 

The evening will be hosted by broadcaster, writer and commentator Baroness Ayesha Hazarika, who will be joined on the night by a host of celebrities, representatives of the shortlisted charities, as well as leaders from Britain’s best-known and best-loved charities.

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: “Every year we are astounded and inspired by the breadth and depth of work going on across the UK’s wonderful charity sector.

“But this year in particular, we have noticed a real improvement in the professionalism of the entries, signalling that charities are more cognisant than ever of the need for good governance, strong leadership and effective management.

“Everything that we do at Civil Society Media aims to help charities have greater impact, and for the last 23 years, the Charity Awards has identified and celebrated the sector’s great work.

“Congratulations to all the charities on this year’s shortlist; in a year of record entries you ought to be very proud of getting this far.”

Peter Hugh Smith, chief executive at CCLA, Overall Partner of the Charity Awards, said: “Every year the Charity Awards serve as a moment for the sector to reflect and acknowledge the transformative power of compassion, determination and resilience.

“The awards amplify the voices of those making a difference, inspiring others to join in creating positive change.

“We’re thrilled to return in 2024, celebrating the outstanding endeavours of another 30 charities. We wish all the shortlisted charities the very best of luck.”

Shortlisted charities

Animals & the Environment

  • Naturewatch Foundation
  • People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society
  • The Tree Council

Arts, Culture & Heritage

  • Cockpit Arts
  • Derby Theatre
  • LUNG Productions

Campaigning & Advocacy

  • Bliss
  • Citizens Advice
  • RNIB

Children & Youth

  • Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs
  • Storybook Dads
  • Yorkshire Children’s Charity


  • Contact
  • Deafblind UK
  • Money and Mental Health Policy Institute

Education & Training

  • Building Heroes Education Foundation
  • Keep Britain Tidy
  • Migration Museum

Grantmaking & Funding

  • East End Community Foundation
  • Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales
  • SafeLives

Healthcare & Medical Research

  • Groundswell
  • Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre

International Aid & Development

  • Kids Operating Room
  • Reprieve
  • SolarAid

Social Care, Advice & Support

  • Justice & Care
  • LandWorks
  • SIG Equinox

Read more about the shortlisted charities here.

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