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Deadline approaches for entering Charities' Online Accounts Awards

Howard Lake | 10 July 2006 | News

Charities have just one week in which to submit their application for this year’s Charities’ Online Accounts Awards.

The Awards are sponsored by CAF and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and celebrate the best online reports and accounts in the sector.

Endorsed by senior accountants, and with UK Fundraising as its online media partner, the competition is split into four income categories: below £100,000; between £100k and £500k; between £500k and £2 million; and over £2 million. First, second and third place winners in each category will receive £5,000, £750 and £250 respectively.

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This year, the judges are offering five tips for online reporting:

* Don’t just convert the printed document into digital images (in effect scan the hard copy and put online). It will fail the user from both an accessibility and usability point of view.

* Make navigation quick and easy – users are likely to want to ‘dip in and out’ of the report to find answers to specific questions. They are unlikely to read it in its entirety

* Make accounts and reports available in HTML and PDF. Ideally two versions of the PDF should be available, one with images/photography and one without.

* Ensure the annual report is fully accessible. It should be designed to allow equal access to information and services to all users, including those with visual, hearing, cognitive and motor impairments.

* Make the report interactive. For example, links to strategy or results videos, the most recent presentations, charting tools and Excel downloads and links to other stakeholder information can all help to bring the content to life.

The competition is open to any registered charity and there is no charge to enter.

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