Fundraising Organisations Shortlist

The #ChangeCollective Award


Charity Well 

The Charity Well campaign brought focus to the sector’s state of wellbeing to the front of our minds for the first time in far too long – identifying key issues that are preventing fundraisers from all backgrounds from being their best selves in the workplace and progressing as far as they could.

Immediate feedback from participants were that they were grateful for the time to reflect on their time in the sector, that they found the survey a space of catharsis and that many felt empowered to have conversations about improving conditions in their own places of work.

The long-term outcome is that we reduce the non-fundraising barriers fundraisers face on a daily basis. This allows us to become a more professional, more flexible and more rewarding sector that will therefore encourage a greater diversity of talent, greater development of talent, and reduced incidence of work-related stress, anxiety and depression.

Cultural Solutions

cultural solutions UK has worked with a vast range of diverse groups and organisations to ensure amplification of their voices. They have researched, written and applied for funding to make these things happen. They do not receive revenue funding from any local authority of national organisation. The organisation has a suite of Associates it works with to make things happen. Sometimes there is funding to make things happen, and sometimes things happen without any funding due to the trust and goodwill created over the years.                                                                              

cultural solutions UK is about to embark on a Windrush Day 2020 programme of engagement and education and  the 'Creative Young Minds' pilot project with a group pf young people recovering from mental illness, and in partnership with Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust and Grantham Creative CAMHS . The organisation has stamina, enthusiasm and a 'can do' approach, and places partnership, transparency and trust at the heart of everything it does.

Youth Sport Trust

The Youth Sport Trust have been named the number one third sector organisation for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the Stonewall Equality Index, by embedding inclusion policies in all areas of the organisation and creating an inclusive culture in the workplace. This will disseminate through to our projects, programmes and events, empowering the next generation to shape a more diverse and inclusive world for all.


The Soical Purpose Award



At IKEA we believe that our world is changing rapidly, but we are optimistic about the future. We believe that over time more and more people can and will have a better everyday life. To make this a reality requires bold ambitions and commitments to urgent actions. It also means working together to tackle the big challenges we cannot solve alone.  As part of our People and Planet Positive strategy, IKEA UK and Ireland have been working with Breaking Barriers, a London-based charity that helps refugees find meaningful employment since 2017. In 2018/9 the partnership took the learnings from a pilot in 2017 and have co-created and delivered a unique project within its business that is a first of its kind and has quickly developed to be a sector leading refugee hiring initiative.

In late 2019 the IKEA global team took the learnings from this pilot and announced a commitment at the global refugee forum in Geneva to support 2,500 refugees through job training and language skills in 300 of its stores in 30 countries by 2022. This commitment truly embedded IKEA’s support of refugees on a global scale and shows the value IKEA place on support a marginalised group such as refugees. Through a pilot with a charity in London, IKEA are now looking to have a global impact.

Patron Capital

A strong social purpose at the core of Patron's ethos and values; and embedded across the entire business from board down has moved Patron beyond just raising money and ticking CSR boxes, Patron has built charity work into its corporate values and proves that immersive involvement with charity is the best way to make a real difference and reap the greatest rewards. This involvement means that social purpose activities influence every business decision and involves every member of Patron Capital. To highlight and ensure an impact is being made, all of Patron’s social purpose activities are outlined in an annual plan; to make sure employees and Patron’s network to ensure everyone has a part to play in the Patron values of creating a positive change whenever and wherever required.

The Entertainer 

The Entertainer is a business that continues to wholeheartedly put social good first. Its consistent messaging and long-term commitment to key issues shows the business believes in what it is doing from the top down, which encourages employees of all levels to get involved. CEO Gary Grant has championed every campaign and scheme in place to ensure its success, resulting in a business that recycles and donates toys and raises over £1m for charities that mean something to each and every employee.


Charity-Business Partnership of the Year


Age UK and Cadbury

Cadbury and Age UK came together to get the nation talking about loneliness. Together they launched Donate your Words - a social action campaign to raise awareness of the issue of loneliness for older people, whilst raising money through the sale of a limited-edition Dairy Milk bar.

Moved by the fact that more than 225,000 older people often go a whole week without speaking to anyone, Cadbury made the bold decision to remove all of the words from the front of its Dairy Milk bars and ‘donate’ them to Age UK, along with 30p from the sale of each limited edition bar. This special bar was a creative way of building a story around the thousands of older people who do not get to share their words with anyone.

Cadbury and Age UK were determined that the partnership would go so much further than a typical on-pack promotion.

As the country’s favourite heritage brand, and the leading charity for older people, Cadbury and Age UK recognised the power of combining our voices. So, with the limited-edition bar we launched a campaign to encourage the nation to take action to tackle loneliness and ‘donate their words’ too.

The results were bigger than either of us could have imagined. With 1million bars sold, 460,000 people moved to donate their words, features on prime-time TV and more than 170 pieces of media coverage – from local radio to the New York Post - the campaign captured the hearts of the nation.

Most importantly, Donate your Words helped to shine a light on the devastating effects of loneliness and the impact that just a few kind words can have on the lives of older people.

CLIC Sargent and Morrisons

Thanks to the ongoing enthusiasm of Morrisons colleagues and customers, £11 million has been raised for CLIC Sargent in three years. With an extra year added to the partnership in February 2019, and a brand new target of £15 million, they are not done yet.

The partnership has seen incredible growth over the last year raising £4 million in 2019 compared to £3.6 million in 2018. Now the most successful charity partnership in Morrisons history, colleagues have become valued ambassadors for the cause and support young lives facing cancer beyond just income raised. CLIC Sargent runs through the entire business; from gift in kind donations, to work experience opportunities. In addition, commercial opportunities to raise income and awareness seen through ‘Every Pack Gives Back’ campaigns, have engaged Morrisons suppliers to donate through the sale of products and Morrisons themselves have created a range of own-brand products available in stores that increase income and awareness for the charity.

The impact of the partnership is making a lasting, fundamental improvement to the way CLIC Sargent is able to support young lives affected by cancer with the implementation of ground breaking new services funded by Morrisons that would have taken years to implement without them.

Royal British Legion Industries and Barratt Developments

The unique partnership between Barratt Developments and RBLI has been incredible. For the charity, it has meant the construction of new homes and a chance of a new life with sustainable employment for some of the UK’s most vulnerable veterans; for Barratt it represents and an ongoing commitment and passion to their Armed Forces Covenant pledge.

Extending beyond a monetary gift, the partnership has enabled RBLI to develop its infrastructure and has given them the skills, expertise and brand awareness to support more injured, homeless and disadvantaged veterans into independence and into work. The partnership has also raised the profile of Barratt’s Armed Forces Transition Programme, and provided opportunities for employees to engage on a personal level with the charity – with Barratt’s Graduate cohort fundraising to deliver two additional independent projects for RBLI, including a dementia-friendly garden in the charity’s residential nursing home and a Gala Dinner that raised over £100,000.

Overall, the relationship between Barratt and RBLI represents a commitment to a set of shared values, utilising complementary skills and expertise to confront the challenges of veteran homelessness and provide long-lasting support for some of the most vulnerable people in society. One built, Barratt’s legacy will be the Centenary Village - community fit for heroes - which will be supporting veterans and their families to regain their independence, 100 years from now.

Make a Wish, Tommy's, Whizz-Kidz and Poundland

In March 2017 Make-A-Wish UK, Tommy’s, and Whizz-Kidz walked into Poundland’s boardroom as competitors to pitch to become their new charity partner. The promise was a partnership worth £1m over 3 years. Instead, Poundland saw that underneath we had a common goal to create amazing moments for families, and chose all three of us.

6 months later, we walked out on stage together at Poundland’s annual conference as equal partners in #Proudland; a partnership with an aim to change families’ lives.

Since that day our partnership has led the sector. We have brought together multiple partners under a single shared identity. We have worked together to engage more colleagues than any one of us could manage on our own. Most of all, we have built a level of collaboration and trust that is paving the way for charities of all sizes to achieve more together than they ever could alone.

World Bicycle Relief and citizenM Hotels

citizenM Hotels and World Bicycle Relief have been working together since 2018 to provide bicycles for education.  Next time you stay at any citizenM hotel, look out for a citizenMovement door hanger in your room. Hang it outside in the morning, and they will skip cleaning your room and use the money they saved, which will support World Bicycle Relief who are passionate about changing the world through the gift of mobility. From the hotel to the classroom!  So far, the £550k that has been raised through this partnership through the door hangar scheme, cycling events and other activations has mobilised almost 4000 bicycles to those who are challenged by the barrier of distance in the developing world.  70% of our bicycles go to girls to help them arrive at school safely and on time.  Educating girls is essential to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Both World Bicycle Relief UK and citizenMovement work seamlessly with one goal - to mobilise citizens of the world to shorten the distance between people and opportunities.  We all feel incredibly blessed to have a partnership which shares such ambition, values and goals.

Most Committed Company to the Sector


Amber Consulting

After twenty years working as a hands-on Fundraiser Julia Worthington moved into consultancy. Amber Consulting (Cheshire) Ltd was set up nine years ago to support small and medium sized not-for -profits, initially as a pure fundraising consultancy, more recently as a coaching and training consultancy too.

As an owner managed business with a small turnover what I offer to the third  sector has been and is many times larger  than would be expected, my passion and belief in the sector far outweighs the size of my business. I use my expertise and entrepreneurial creative ability to deliver new initiatives and innovation.  Like many small charities I work with, I know that I can make a big difference in my niche. The business does not have large sums available to sponsor established industry events, so I have created a number of my own initiatives that fulfil the need of 95% of charities in the UK, the small and medium sized ones.

My belief is that any size of charity can have good fundraising practice, the challenge they have is accessing the support to gain the knowledge. Since 2011, I have become involved in many areas within the sector, to help small charities access this knowledge.

Availability of great training in the region I live in is very important to me,  Amber Consulting gets involved in, or organises, regional events to ensure ALL fundraisers, wherever they live, can access quality and affordable training and support!

One of my personal and business values is seeking justice, the reality of this value is that I am always looking for new ways to assist organisations in the third sector. In recent years that has meant moving more into supporting fundraisers individually with building resilience, this area of work is so important to me that I completed a Level 7  qualification in Executive Coaching and Mentoring and have written an online course to support stressed and under supported fundraisers.

Local Hospice Lottery Ltd

Local Hospice Lottery began as Farleigh Hospice’s (Essex) own lottery back in 1996. In 2008 the decision was made to develop the Lottery for the benefit of other hospices across Great Britain and ‘Local Hospice Lottery’ was born. Through collaborating and sharing one prize fund, one operational system and an experienced and knowledgeable team – lots of expenditure can be saved and partnering hospices can enjoy a low risk, low input way of increasing their income.

Through utilising a variety of tried and tested marketing methods, but with direct sales at the heart of its growth, the weekly draw now has over 175,000 £1 entries with twenty three hospices, from Scotland to the south coast of England, benefiting from the income generated. Local Hospice Lottery is now the UK’s largest and leading lottery for hospices and has raised over £28,000,000 for hospice care across the country!

Open Creates

Open is at the heart of the UK not-for-profit sector. For 12 years, they have produced exceptional work with their clients – raising hundreds of millions of pounds in the process.

They have also helped drive the sector forward through innovations in payment and technique as well as via projects like IWITOT – which they created and continue to bankroll – and Charity Benchmarks, which they run in partnership with IOF.

They work tirelessly to deliver exceptional value to their clients. And they live those values – sharing their profits, their time and their knowledge to help make the world a better place.

To date they have donated over a third of a million pounds in cash to UK charities and hundreds of thousands of pounds more in pro-bono work – particularly during emergencies.

People's Postcode Lottery

PPL don’t just enable unbelievable impact, its why they exist. Their commitment to charities of all sizes and causes comes through in everything they do. This is exemplified through their personal support to both players and charities and their commitment to long-term unrestricted funding.

Partnering with PPL has been truly transformational for War Child. It has enabled us to establish operations in Yemen, strengthen the quality of our programmes and develop innovative, award-winning fundraising campaigns. As a result War Child has doubled in size and is now supporting more children than ever before. 

“I cannot stress enough how committed People’s Postcode Lottery are to the third sector and how much impact they have had on War Child and thousands of other charities.

There are 32 million children in the world displaced by war. Support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery has enabled us to reach many more than we used to. I am pleased to be able to say that the Players of Peoples Postcode Lottery have not just funded our programmes but they have also supported the development of new methodologies and the evidence which proves their impact. We are deeply grateful for their ongoing support and would love for their contribution to be acknowledged through a IoF Award”

Rob Williams OBE, CEO War Child UK

Platypus Digital

Platypus Digital is a digital marketing agency 100% dedicated to the charity sector.

Since 2014, Platypus has delivered hugely successful digital fundraising campaigns for charity clients like Sightsavers, Clic Sargent, Dementia UK and many more. They have built the digital fundraising capacity of the whole sector through its training sessions.

Platypus also donate their time and money to the sector:

- Their team each get £1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice every year

- Their team can work up to 10% of their week pro bono for the charity of their choice

- They run free online training courses and meetups for charities

- They run free digital fundraising meetups for charities

- They created free digital services like Digital Candle and Control R.

- They attend campaign marches for causes they all believe in together

- They mentor staff in the charity sector on a one-to-one basis


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