Lloyds Bank Foundation is delighted to announce that it has made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.

Lloyds Bank Foundation has been shortlisted in the grant making and funding category for its market-leading funder plus programme, Enhance, which provides a range of capacity-building support to help small and local charities to thrive.

The Charity Awards is the sector’s most highly-regarded excellence recognition scheme. All 28 shortlisted charities this year have been judged by an independent panel of sector leaders as having demonstrated best practice in leadership and management, from which other organisations can learn. 

The Enhance programme was developed following a tiny pilot which gave 24 charity CEOs access to a Lloyds Banking Group mentor, enabling them to take the lead on selecting what support they required, alongside the grant they were receiving.  

2019 marks five years of delivering the ‘funder-plus’ programme to charities who have benefited from support such as marketing and communications advice, help with strategic planning, or consultancy around income diversification. Enhance support is always tailored to meet individual needs and designed in collaboration with grant managers, to help them become stronger, more effective, robust and sustainable.

The Charity Awards is the charity world’s longest-running, biggest and best-known awards ceremony. This year’s charities have been judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice in leadership and management, from which other organisations can learn.  

The ten category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a black-tie dinner on 5 June, held in the grounds of the Tower of London.

The evening will be hosted by the Rev Richard Coles, who will be joined on the night by a host of celebrities, representatives of the shortlisted charities, as well as leaders from Britain’s best known and best loved charities.

Matthew Nolan, chief executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated Lloyds Bank Foundation on making the highly-coveted shortlist. 

“Once again we received a record number of entries to the Charity Awards, and the breadth and quality of the work being done by charities across the sector continues to astonish. Lloyds Bank Foundation should be very proud to have made the shortlist.

“For 20 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do. Our rigorous judging process highlights those charities with the most innovative ideas and the most effective approaches to delivering real change.

“All the nominees on this year’s shortlist are examples of large and small charities who are truly leaders in their field. I wish Lloyds Bank Foundation the very best of luck on the night.”

For more information about the Lloyds Bank Foundation Enhance programme, please contactAlessia Terranova, 02 07 348 4619 or aterranova@lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk.

About the Charity Awards

The Charity Awards 2019, now in its 20th year, is organised by Civil Society Media, publishers of Charity Finance, Fundraising and Governance & Leadership magazines and www.civilsociety.co.uk.

The Charity Awards is sponsored by Rathbones Investment Management.  Rathbones is a constituent company in the FTSE4Good Index, an index of businesses that behave responsibly and demonstrate strong environmental, social and governance credentials.  Rathbones also has its own charitable foundation which donates to various causes, and its employees raise large amounts of money each year for charity, which the firm matches.

The distinguished panel of judges for 2019 is:

  • Su Sayer OBE, chair, CPRE
  • Lynne Berry OBE, chair, Sustrans
  • Ruth Davison, executive director of impact and investment, Comic Relief
  • Martin Edwards, chief executive, Julia’s House
  • Richard Hawkes, chief executive, British Asian Trust
  • Petra Ingram, chief executive, Brooke
  • Mandy Johnson, chair, Institute of Fundraising South East and London committee
  • Sir John Low CBE, chief executive, Charities Aid Foundation
  • Jehangir Malik OBE, chief executive, Muslim Aid
  • Chris Michaels, director of digital, communications, and technology, the National Gallery
  • Cathy Phelan-Watkins, owner and director, Civil Society Media
  • Andrew Pitt, head of charities – London, Rathbones
  • Danielle Walker Palmour, director, Friends Provident Foundation