Third Sector Excellence Awards 2010: It's time to celebrate your achievements

The 2010 Third Sector Excellence Awards are open for entries. Tristan Donovan provides an introduction

Third Sector Excellence Awards: a scene from 2009
Third Sector Excellence Awards: a scene from 2009

Entries are now being invited for the sixth annual Third Sector Excellence Awards. The awards are a chance for the whole sector to have its achievements and successes recognised. There are a total of 24 awards, 23 of which are open to entries. They cover a whole range of third sector activities, from finance, fundraising and communications to management, governance and projects. The awards recognise the talent of voluntary organisations in all their forms, regardless of size.

All 24 awards are described here, but for more information on the criteria and entry process, visit the awards website, where you can also submit your application. The deadline for entries is 3 June. The entries shortlisted by our panel of judges, all high-profile figures in the sector, will be published in Third Sector on 27 July.

The awards dinner and ceremony will take place on Thursday 23 September at the Lancaster London Hotel in central London.



Annual report - An award for the annual report or review that best communicates the organisation's mission, operations and achievements

Brand development - For the best new, changed or evolved brand

Communications campaign - Awarded to an innovative campaign that reached its target audience or got its message across

Communications team - An award for a team that has worked together to achieve or exceed its targets

Use of digital media - For the most innovative use of digital media

Website - An award for the best new or relaunched website


Direct marketing campaign (Sponsored by the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association) - Awarded to the direct marketing campaign that best combines innovation and fundraising success

Fundraising event - For an innovative fundraising event that has achieved or exceeded its targets

Fundraising team - An award for a fundraising team that has worked together to achieve or exceed its targets

Innovation in fundraising - For the fundraising initiative, excluding events and direct marketing, that has done the most to gain new donors, retain the support of existing donors or regain the support of lapsed donors


Charity trading - Awarded to a charity that has made effective use of its brand, knowledge or assets to increase income from its trading activities

Financial management (Sponsored by Moracle) - For the voluntary organisation that has done the most to improve its financial management

Social enterprise - Awarded to a social enterprise that has increased its income or ability to meet its social goals through innovations in its business model


Charity partnership - An award for a partnership between two or more charities that has enabled the partners to deliver services, communicate, reach new groups or reduce costs more effectively

Corporate partnership (Sponsored by Odgers Berndtson) - Awarded to a partnership between a voluntary organisation and a business that has demonstrated strong mutual benefits for both

Public sector partnership - For a successful partnership between a voluntary organisation and a government agency or local authority


Best employer - For the voluntary organisation that makes the best use of its human resources policies to create a satisfied and productive workforce

Volunteer of the year (Sponsored by Markel) - Awarded to the volunteer who has, over time, shown the greatest commitment and achievement


Accountability and transparency (Sponsored by Ansvar) - Awarded to a voluntary organisation that has improved communication with its stakeholders to help them gain a better understanding of its activities

Innovation by trusts and foundations (Sponsored by Ansvar) - For a grant-making trust or foundation that has reaped the benefits of a revised or innovative approach to its work

Trustee board of the year (Sponsored by Ansvar) - An award for a voluntary organisation that has, during the period covered by the awards, reaped the benefits of improvements to its governance arrangements or practices


The Luke FitzHerbert lifetime achievement award - For an individual who has shown sustained commitment both to individual voluntary organisations and to the sector in general during their career (please note that this award is not open to entries)

Small charity, big achiever - Awarded to a small charity that has made a strong impact with an innovative project or projects (only charities with annual incomes of up to £1m are eligible for this award)

The Third Sector big impact award - An award for a voluntary organisation whose project or projects have had a substantial impact on national or international life.

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