Why Enter?

Entering awards can be a costly thing to do, especially when you consider the number of Awards out there. So why part with your cash and dedicate your valuable time to writing and entering the Third Sector Awards?


For Organisations of All Sizes

The Third Sector Awards are a great opportunity for charities, not-for-profits and voluntary organisation of all sizes to celebrate their work and shine a spotlight on the difference they make to society. Our entry processed has been strategically designed to make all entries equal, regardless of marketing budget. You simply need to copy and paste your plain text submission into the fields provided so that your time and efforts are spent on what really matters to judges...the hard facts!

We also have a tiered entry pricing structured depending on your organisations turnover, making these Awards affordable for all.


A Range of Our Past Winners

Our Winners Matter

Winning a Third Sector Award doesn't end when the ceremony is over! Past winners are invited back as judges, giving them further insight into the Awards. Winners have also gone on to feature in awards marketing, showcasing them as stars in the sector.

Outside of the Awards, winners have also been selected to speak the annual Fundraising Week Conference and have featured both online and in print as examples of best practice.




First Class Judging Panel

Winning a Third Sector Award proves that you’re delivering some truly amazing results. That’s because the awards are judged by your peers and past winners, who truly know what good looks like. Leading the jury for 2018 is Deborah Alsina, Chief Executive, Bowel Cancer UK & winner of the Charity Chief Executive Award 2017.

Every year, we pull together over 40 sector leaders to review and judge entries. Entries go through a two-step judging process. All are first individually reviewed & scored online to pull together a long-list of entries. The highest scoring entries are then put forward in front of our judges to discuss and re-score. This two-step process allows for opinions to be shared and ensures the winning entry is a true reflection of the sector.

Long-listed entrants into the Charity of the Year, Fundraising Team of the Year and Communications Team of the Year are also invited to present to our judges, allowing them to bring their entries to life and gives judges a chance to dig deeper for valuable information.

We Know How to Celebrate

The awards night provides a unique opportunity for charities to bring together their teams and thank them for the contribution they make on a daily basis, because, let’s face it, too often charities fail to thank the individuals working the hardest to deliver results.

The evening also provides a chance to network with some of the best and brightest talent in the charity sector and rub shoulders with celebrity charity ambassadors.



Gain Invaluable Opportunities and PR

We know from previous years that winning a Third Sector Award can make a difference to an organisation too. Not only does it boost staff morale but it boosts credibility and increases awareness of your organisation, which can help convince even more donors and funders that you’re a cause worth supporting.

Third Sector is the UK’s leading publication for the voluntary and not-for-profit sector. Alignment with, and recognition from Third Sector via their Awards is an external benchmark worth having.

And when you consider each of the finalists and winners will be covered both digitally and in print following the Awards presentation & dinner across Third Sector's unrivalled portfolio which includes a monthly print title circulated to more than 4,500 senior staff in charities, the voluntary and community sector and social enterprises as well as a leading website that averages 123,000 page impressions each month, the PR opportunities alone make it worth entering.

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