Winners of online accounts awards announced

The British Library, WaterAid, the Redress Trust, Best Beginnings and the Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir have each come top of their categories in this year's Charities Online Accounts Awards.

The awards, jointly organised by the Charities Aid Foundation and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, rewards charities that have accessible and transparent online reports.

“Openness and transparency are essential to maintaining and building public trust,” said John Low, chief executive of CAF. “The winners of these awards have confidently encouraged public scrutiny by presenting their accounts in a friendly and accessible way.”

The awards were judged by a panel including Paul Breckell, finance director of RNID, David Emerson, chief executive of the Association of Charitable Foundations, and Faye Upton, web producer at CAF.

The winners were each presented with £5,000 at the ceremony in London’s Chartered Accountants Hall.


From the top 100 fundraising charities:
First: British Library
Second: Samaritans
Third: Multiple Sclerosis Society

From charities with incomes above £2m:
First: WaterAid
Second: Plan UK
Third: World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

From charities with incomes between £500,000 and £2m:
First: Redress Trust
Second: Hilton in the Community Foundation
Third: Charity Finance Directors’ Group

From charities with incomes between £100,000 and £499,999:
First: Best Beginnings
Second: Cecily’s Fund
Third: The Family Haven

From charities with incomes less than £100,000:
First: Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir
Second: Sheena Booth Music Trust
Third: Mexborough & Swinton Astronomical Society

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