Finance: Accounts win for medical charity

St John Ambulance took the top prize at the 2005 Charities' Online Accounts Awards last Friday.

The medical charity, an early adopter of Sorp 2005, came first in the top 100 fundraising charities category. The top 100 were automatically entered into the awards, but 30 failed to progress beyond the preliminary judging because they failed to make their reports more accessible online.

St John Ambulance won the £5,000 prize after impressing the judges with its early Sorp compliance and overview of key objectives and information.

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation took first place in the section for charities with an annual income of more than £2m.

The Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust was victorious in the category for those with an annual income of between £500,000 and £2m. It was commended for its online design and use of photography.

The Lifeboat Fund beat the competition from charities in the £100,000-£500,000 bracket. Winchester Hospital Radio won the award for the smallest charities.

The awards are jointly sponsored by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and Charities Aid Foundation.

Graham Ullett, head of marketing at CAF, said: "With the growth in donors and funders using online as their preferred channel for giving and research, these examples help to promote and share best practice across the sector."

KEY POINTS

- St John Ambulance won the top prize of £5,000 at the Charities' Online Accounts Awards

- It was praised for its early compliance with Sorp 2005

- Other winners included the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the Lifeboat Fund and Winchester Hospital Radio.

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