Charity Awards 2012 shortlist

3 May 2012

A floating classroom for London’s children; a Welsh choir for cancer patients; a new financial services scheme in Uganda; and a project to conserve the meadows of the Yorkshire Dales are just some of the 32 charities shortlisted in The Charity Awards 2012.

The Charity Awards, which announced its shortlist today (3 May) is the charity world’s most prestigious excellence recognition programme. All 32 shortlisted charities this year have been judged by a highly respected independent panel as having demonstrated outstanding best practice from which other organisations can learn. 

The ten category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Outstanding Leadership Award, will be announced at a dinner on 14 June at Grosvenor House, London. The black-tie evening will be hosted by BBC’s John Inverdale, who will be joined by representatives of the shortlisted charities, alongside a ‘who’s who’ of charity leaders and celebrities from the worlds of theatre, television, music and sport. 

Daniel Phelan, organiser of The Charity Awards comments:

“For 13 years The Charity Awards programme has celebrated the exceptional work that takes place within the voluntary sector and the dramatic effects that charities have on a wide spectrum of social needs.

The rigorous judging process means that only the very best walk away with prizes, bestowing on them one of the highest accolades in the sector. I wish them and all shortlisted charities the best of luck on the night.”

John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, overall sponsors of The Charity Awards, comments:

 “I would like to congratulate and commend all the shortlisted charities this year, as well as everyone who took the time to submit an application. Once again the calibre of entries was very impressive – at a time when the sector, indeed the country, is under such financial pressure, The Charity Awards gives us all the opportunity to step back, reflect and be inspired.”

The shortlist

Advice, support and advocacy FairPensions (Fairshare Educational Foundation)
St Giles Trust
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Arts, culture and heritage Beauchamp Lodge Settlement
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Ltd
Spitalfields Music
Children and youth British Youth Council
Children's University
Working with Men
YMCA Scotland
Disability MacIntyre
The Solihull Life Opportunities
Education and training The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The Cornwall Foundation of Promise
Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum
Prison Advice & Care Trust
Environment and conservation The Land Trust
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings - SPAB
Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust
Grantmaking and funding Football Foundation
The Rayne Foundation
Somerset Community Foundation and Community Foundation Network
Healthcare and medical research Crossroads Care Cambridgeshire
Julia's House
International aid development Build Africa
Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust
The HALO Trust
Social care and welfare The Boaz Trust
The Harbour Centre
People, Potential, Possibilities - P3


Panel of judges for 2012

  • Andrew Hind CB, editor of Charity Finance and former chief executive of the Charity Commission
  • Dr John Low CBE, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation
  • Dame Mary Marsh, founding director of the Clore Social Leadership Programme and former chief executive of the NSPCC
  • Sir Christopher Kelly, chair of the King’s Fund
  • Lesley-Anne Alexander, chief executive of RNIB
  • Sue Sayer OBE, chief executive of United Response
  • Fiona Ellis, member of NCVO Funding Commission and former director of the Northern Rock Foundation
  • Anne-Marie Piper, partner at Farrer & Co
  • Dorothy Dalton, editor of Governance
  • Mark Goldring CBE, chief executive of Mencap
  • Colin Nee, interim executive director of Marr-Manning Trust and former chief executive of Charities Evaluation Services
  • Bob Reitemeier, chief executive of the Essex Community Foundation

More about the Charity Awards

Find out more about the Charity Awards, including further details of this year's shortlist.

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