Fifty-six organisations, including household names such as BT and Barclays, are on the 2011 shortlist for Third Sector's Business Charity Awards, which recognise the charitable contributions of corporate Britain.
The shortlist emerged from the recent meeting of the 13 judges of the awards, which have 15 categories, ranging from Business Charity Champion to Challenge Team and Social Investment.
Entries were said by the judges to be of a consistently high standard, especially in the charity partnership categories. Matthew Sparkes, global community investment manager at Linklaters, said they were "quite the strongest applications I have assessed".
The awards are in their second year after a successful debut in 2010. The number of entries doubled this year to more than 130, from both international companies and smaller local businesses.
"Our feeling that there was a real opportunity to reward corporate work for charities has been entirely justified," said Beth Pedersen, publisher of Third Sector. "These awards have really taken off and we think they have a great future."
The awards, launched by Third Sector and the Institute of Fundraising, have gained support and sponsorship from the Charities Aid Foundation, which has helped to promote the awards, encourage entries and set the judging criteria.
The winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner on Monday 9 May at the Grosvenor House hotel in Park Lane, London. To book tickets online, go to www.businesscharityawards.com or contact Kate Collins, events manager, on 020 8267 8188, firstname.lastname@example.org.