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Entries open for 2012 Guardian Charity Awards

Entries open for 2012 Guardian Charity Awards

The 2012 Guardian Charity are now open for entries. Now in their 20th year, the are designed to highlight the work of small to medium-sized charities.

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.”

Judges

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

Prizes

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.

www.guardian.co.uk/charity-awards

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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