Small Charity Big Impact Day

Small charities around the country carry out vital work but in many cases people are not aware of their impact. To highlight the work of small charities and the impact they make on a local, national and international level the FSI are launching the FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards.

To coincide with the FSI’s 10th anniversary supporting the small charity sector, the awards will celebrate the impact of 10 small charities and community organisations in the following categories:

  • Rural Charity/Community organisation with an annual turnover under £50,000
  • Urban Charity/Community Organisation with an annual turnover under £50,000
  • A volunteer led Charity/Community Organisation
  • A Regional Charity/Community Organisation
  • A National Charity/Community Organisation
  • An International Charity effectively
  • A small Charity/Community Organisation with an income between £50,000 to £150,000
  • A small Charity/Community Organisation with an income between £150,001 to £250,000
  • A small Charity/Community Organisation with an income between £250,001 to £500,000
  • A small Charity/Community Organisation with an income between £500,001 to £1.5 million 

Why you should enter the FSI’s Small Charity Big Impact Awards

Each winner will receive:

  • A film of each organisation provided by the FSI highlighting their work and impact
  • A case study of their charity’s work delivered to no. 10 Downing Street
  • One day’s Impact Audit carried out by the FSI, which has a value of £650 and will support charities to identify areas where they are performing well, and areas to focus on to improve impact planning, measurement, evaluation and management. Plus, they will also receive two follow up advice clinics with the FSI following your Impact Audit
  • Recognition for the charity’s valuable work and impact made to current and new supporters
  • A Leadership session for the Charity’s CEO with Barbara Watkinson, Director of Leadership at The Management and Leadership Academy
  • A session on Marketing Strategy with Gerry Griffith, Founder of Skill Pill.

Criteria and Rules

Only charities and community organisations with a turnover under £1.5 million can enter. You must also have a charity or HRMRC exemption number. Alternatively, you must be able to demonstrate that you are:

  • recognised by/registered by a governing body for example you hold a Community Amateur Sports Club registration number (CASC) issued by HMRC or
  • Have in place a small charity constitution, governing documents and equivalent board of trustees.

For the full Awards criteria and rules, click here.

How to Enter

Simply fill out this short application form and send us a high resolution photo. Entries must be submitted by Monday 8th May.

Winners will be charities who:

  • Have delivered a high impact through their services and programmes in the past 24 months
  • Show us there is a planning process around impact
  • Demonstrate their impact internally and externally

Click here to enter the awards

Judging Panel

The judging panel will include:

  • Pauline Broomhead, CEO of the FSI
  • Ben Carpenter, Operations Manager, Social Value UK
  • Emma Harrison CBE, Chairman of the FSI
  • Graham Precey, Head of Corporate Responsibility for Legal & General Group Plc
  • Cathy Prior, Community Affairs Executive at Provident
  • Noorzaman Rashid, Managing Director for Strategies for Change
  • Geoff Russell-Jones, Grants Manager at The Leathersellers’ Company
  • Annette Saunders, Corporate Responsibility Manager of Vanquis Bank

Dates for your Diary

  • 8th May: Entries close
  • 24th May – 2nd June: Filming of winning charities to take place.
  • 23rd June: Winners to be launched and book of case studies to be delivered to Downing Street.
  • September: Awards Ceremony in central London, bursaries will be provided for charities outside of London to travel to attend the event.

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Small Charity Week is supported by

Provident’s primary social benefit is making PFG_Logo_CMYKfinancial products and services available in a responsible manner to those who are not well served by mainstream providers. PFG HI REZ-01Alongside this, we help the communities in which our customers live and work.

Through our Good Neighbour community investment programme we support projects tailored to meet the needs of our communities, through direct financial support, encouraging our people to volunteer and through employee matched fundraising.

Our approach enables us to support a range of grass roots community organisations across the UK and Ireland. So we’re delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Small Charities Week in partnership with the FSI.

Small Charity Big Impact Day is supported by PolicyBee

PolicyBee is an independent insurance broker. They help your charity get the cover it needs quickly and easily.
Their MyCharityGuard insurance package is designed specifically for small charities.

It includes:
• Public liability and events insurance
• Trustees’ liability insurance
• Professional indemnity insurance
• Crisis containment cover

All this starts from just £82.50 a year, with insurance for volunteers and your charity’s equipment easily added.

Dealing PolicyBee is easy:
• Buy online in minutes – no forms, no fuss
• Interest-free monthly payments – no hidden charges
• Friendly experts in-house – no call centre
• Instant documents – no hanging around

It’s charity insurance the easy way.
For a quote, visit or call a jargon-busting adviser on 0345 222 5381

The Small Charity Big Impact Awards are supported by The Leathersellers’ Company

The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund provide a wide range of funding to UK registered Charities, Educational Institutions and University Students. Last year (2015/16) we awarded £2,000,000 in charitable and educational grants. This year (2016/17) they expect to spend over £2,300,000 on deserving causes.

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