David Brindle, the Guardian’s Public Services Editor who chairs the judging panel, said: “Smaller charities are all too often overshadowed by the big players of the voluntary sector, but the entry criteria for the Guardian Charity Awards mean that the big names cannot exert their usual dominance.
“The awards offer a priceless leg-up to organisations that are delivering practical solutions to present-day problems, never more important than at a time of economic difficulty and unprecedented public spending cuts.”
This year’s judging panel includes:
* Jane Asher, President, National Autistic Society
* Lynne Berry, Deputy chair, Canal and River Trust
* Caroline Diehl, Chief Executive, Media Trust
* Stuart Etherington – Chief Executive, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
* Baroness Howarth of Breckland OBE, President, Livability
* Baroness Young, Chief Executive, Diabetes UK
* Pauline Broomhead, Chief Executive, the FSI
The winning charities will each be awarded:
• An equal share of the overall prize fund
• A free iPad courtesy of Jigsaw24
• One year’s free NCVO membership
• A tailored package of support from the FSI.
The closing date for entries is 20 July 2012.
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