Third Sector Excellence Awards 2011: Annual Report - Winner: Compassion in World Farming

For the annual report or review that best communicates the organisation's mission, operations and achievements

Compassion in World Farming's annual report
Compassion in World Farming's annual report

The farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming decided to let others do the talking when it produced its 2009/10 annual report.

"We used third party quotes to describe our work and how it benefits millions of farm animals suffering in factory farms," a spokeswoman for the charity says. The aim was to inspire existing and potential new donors and to win over opinion leaders.

Compassion in World Farming's annual reportThe annual review - produced at a cost of £3,500, including design, print and mailing - is divided into species and 'umbrella campaigns'. It details the problems that affect each animal species and the activities the charity undertakes to tackle them. It also includes information about the progress the charity has made in addressing the problems.

The review also includes information about the measurable result of its activities, as well as setting out the challenges facing the charity over the next year. The review was distributed to a wide range of organisations, including grant-making bodies, trusts, foundations, corporate funders, and major donors. It was available in printed format and as a downloadable PDF document from the charity's website.

Alistair McLean, chief executive of the Fundraising Standards Board and one of the judges, said: "The impact of the report was very powerful - the theme ran through the report from start to finish and the message of farm animals being treated with compassion and respect was truly delivered."

Accepting the award are (left to right): Deibbie Chadwick and Rachel Barker of the agency Luna Creative; Carl Cawthorne, fundraising director, CWF; Lisa Willmot, community events officer, CWF; Sarah Bryan, production manager, CWF; and presenter Reverend Richard ColesAnother of the judges, Brian Lamb, consultant and chair of the campaign effectiveness advisory board at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said the annual review presented a "brilliant argument that was well executed, with great visuals". He added: "I was inspired - it had really good pictures that were unified with the text."

According to the CIWF spokeswoman, the review is being used by a fundraising consultancy as an example of "the ideal annual review".

JUDGING PANEL

Brian Lamb - Consultant and chair, campaign effectiveness advisory board, National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Alistair McLean - Chief executive, Fundraising Standards Board

Leslie Morphy - Chief executive, Crisis

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