I was delighted to be a judge of the Charity Governance Awards 2016. I was even more pleased when I was told that I would be judging the small charities category for improving impact for charities that had no staff or a maximum of three staff.
This award is for organisations that can demonstrate how the board has contributed towards the increase of the charity’s impact in relation to its cause and mission. We were looking for examples of increasing impact, not just fundraising or increasing impact.
The winning charity was Robert Thompson Charities. The board led on a programme of modernisation that has improved the accessibility of the facilities for the charity’s community. The trustees were able to demonstrate the positive impact of these changes on the charity’s service users and also by awarding an external accreditation. The trustees’ commitment to consult and collect evidence from the community to inform the continued development of the charity was commendable.