Entries open for this year's Third Sector Awards

There is an early-bird deadline of 3 May for the 25 categories, and a final deadline of 7 June, with a black-tie awards ceremony on 20 September

FareShare wins Charity of the Year in 2017
FareShare wins Charity of the Year in 2017

The Third Sector Awards are now open for entries.

The awards recognise the achievements of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

There are 25 categories this year, including the Big Impact Award, Communications Campaign of the Year, Charity Chief Executive and Fundraising Campaign.

The early-bird closing date is 3 May, but entries will be accepted until Thursday 7 June, subject to an additional fee. Entry fees start at £65 and depend on the size of the organisation.

Last year’s winners included the food redistribution charity FareShare, which won Charity of the Year for turning more than 13,000 tonnes of surplus food into 28 million meals.

The awards will be judged by an expert panel chaired by Deborah Alsina, chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer.

Alsina won the Charity Chief Executive award last year after turning around Bowel Cancer UK’s finances and developing a ground-breaking bowel research programme.

The winners will be announced at a black-tie ceremony on Thursday 20 September.

Andy Hillier, editor of Third Sector, said: "The charity sector is full of wonderful organisations achieving amazing results. The Third Sector Awards are a great opportunity for charities of all sizes to celebrate and shine a spotlight on the difference they make to society. We look forward to receiving your entries."

For more details about the awards, click here.

List of categories

Excellence Awards

Charity of the Year

Annual Report

Big Impact Award

Brand Development

Breakthrough of the Year

Communications Agency of the Year

Communications Campaign of the Year

Digital Innovation of the Year

Enterprise Award

Fundraising Campaign

Fundraising Event

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Small Charity, Big Achiever

Partnership Awards

Best Charity Law Firm

Charity Partnership of the Year

Corporate Partnership of the Year

Talent Awards

Celebrity Charity Champion

Charity Chief Executive

Charity Chair of the Year

Communications Team of the Year

Finance Team of the Year

Fundraising Team of the Year

Rising Chief Executive

Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer Team of the Year

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