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Embracing Opportunity & Harnessing Risk category

This award is for a board that has championed the charity to find or respond to a good opportunity and exploit it for the benefit of the community that the organisation exists to serve. This could mean working in new ways and markets, partnering with organisations to achieve a new direction, raising funds in a very different way or adopting a new financial model.  The judges are looking for examples of considered risk-taking that has led the charity to be able to perhaps deliver more, meet the needs of more beneficiaries, raise its profile or grow its income.

What the judges are looking for

The judges are looking for examples of initiatives that help the charity meet its charitable objectives and where they have delivered long-term benefit and change.

There have been recent high-profile examples of the negative side of risk-taking for charities. This award seeks to demonstrate that risk, when well managed and in keeping with a charity’s values, can deliver benefit to the charity’s strategic direction, and, ultimately, its beneficiaries.

The entry must focus on the work of the main board, but if any sub-committees or other governance groups outside the main board made a contribution, you are welcome to tell us about that in your response.

Inspiration for your entry

Click here for advice from the 2018 judges.

Hear from past award winners: Preston Road Women’s Centre and Missing People

Hear from the other past winners and shortlisted charities talking about governance in their organisation and what it meant for them to win.

Preston Road Women's Centre - Charity Governance Awards 2017

“It’s great to be part of such a stellar cast of charities from up and down the country who’ve clearly demonstrated how trustees can make a real difference and benefit a whole range of client groups.”

Preston Road Women's Centre

Winners of the Embracing Opportunity And Harnessing Risk category, Charity Governance Awards 2017

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