New award recognises innovation in the charitable sector

The Guernsey Community Foundation is celebrating creative thinking in the charitable sector with the launch of a new award.

The Innovation Award, sponsored by Specsavers, will be one of seven handed out at October’s Community Awards.

‘With many charities under increasing pressure to secure funding, and to do more with less, an innovative approach to everything from fundraising to service delivery is vital,’ said Jim Roberts, Chief Executive of the Guernsey Community Foundation.

‘In the context of this award, “innovation” can mean charities working in partnership with each other, or with the private or public sectors. It can mean new ways of raising money, or the launch of a unique project, or an inventive approach to delivering a service. In keeping with the spirit of the award itself, we’ve tried not to be too prescriptive. Our message to charities is: if you’re doing some new and different, tell us about it.

‘We hope that the new award will encourage charities to share ideas. It’s likely that a new approach that’s worked well for one charity will work well for others.’

‘Innovation is critical to any business,” said Dame Mary Perkins, “but it’s just as important in the charitable sector. I’m excited to see what nominations come through.”

Nominations for the Community Awards open later this month. Awards will be presented across the following seven categories:

  • Charity of the Yearsponsored by State Street
  • Fundraising Team of the Year sponsored by Cazenove Capital
  • Outstanding Individual Achievementsponsored by PwC Channel Islands
  • Innovation Awardsponsored by Specsavers
  • Organising Committee of the Yearsponsored by RG Falla
  • CSR Awardsponsored by RBC Wealth Management
  • Youth Awardsponsored by Guernsey Electricity

Details about the event itself and all of last year’s winners can be found at

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