About the Charity Impact Awards

 

Who is behind the Charity Impact Awards?

The Wheel, Ireland’s national association of community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises, has developed the Charity Impact Awards to promote best practice and increase awareness of the significance and role of the nonprofit sector in Irish society.

We passionately believe that people, through their participation in community, voluntary and charity organisations, play a central role in improving and enriching life in Ireland. The aim of the Awards is to recognise and showcase this important contribution.

What is "impact"?

For us, Impact means making a positive difference in people’s lives.

This impact can be tangible, like a much-needed community amenity or service, or something intangible like increased confidence, a sense of community pride or general well-being.

Impact matters because it is the essence of why charities exist – why we do what we do.

Who can nominate?

Anyone can nominate an organisation or individual for a Charity Impact Award.

See individual categories below.

What are the categories?

Charity Impact of the Year Award  

This award celebrates the work of community and voluntary and charitable organisations, clubs or groups that have brought about positive change.
In this category, there are three sub-categories:
Small Organisations (no paid staff)
This category is open to all independently governed and constituted community, voluntary or charitable organisations with no paid staff.
Medium-sized Organisations (with paid staff and annual turnover of up to €1 million)
All entries in this category must be registered with the Charities Regulator
Large Organisations (with paid staff and annual turnover over €1 million)
All entries in this category must be registered with the Charities Regulator

Trustee of the Year

This award aims to shine a light on voluntary trustees who have made an extraordinary contribution to an organisation. Any trustee [i.e. board member, committee member, etc of an organisation’s board can be nominated.

Community Hero Award 

The 2018 Community Hero Award (in association with the Volunteer Ireland Awards) is a lifetime achievement award honouring a volunteer who has made an extraordinary contribution to a good cause over the course of their lifetimes.
This Award aims to shine a light on those remarkable individuals who, year after year, dedicate their time and energy to supporting a community and voluntary organisation, club or association.

Social Enterprise of the Year Award

This award recognises the impact of social enterprises.
Social enterprises are social-mission focused organisations that engage in trading activity in a way to achieve their social mission, or to generate a contribution to the cost of delivering their mission.
Any trading income or surplus they generate is reinvested in the enterprise and not distributed to directors or shareholders.
An Organisation can only enter this category or the Charity Impact Award category, not both.

Who can enter?

The Community Impact Award is open to all independently governed community, voluntary and charitable organisations operating in the Republic of Ireland. This includes charities of all sizes, development NGOs, clubs and associations. All entries in the Medium and Large category must be registered with the Charities Regulator.

The Trustee of the Year Award is open to any serving trustees of independently governed community, voluntary and charitable organisations.

The Community Hero Award is open to any individual who is involved in community or voluntary activity in a voluntary (unpaid) capacity. Nominations for this category are the ten longest serving volunteers from the 30 shortlisted nominees of the Volunteer Ireland Awards.

The Social Enterprise of the Year Award is open to social-mission focused organisations that engage in trading activity in a way to achieve their social mission, or to generate a contribution to the cost of delivering their mission.
Any trading income or surplus they generate is reinvested in the enterprise and not distributed to directors or shareholders.

How will the judging be carried out?

All entries will be reviewed before being accepted/published. All accepted impact stories will be actively showcased on our website and social media from 11 September to 11 November.

Five nominees will then be shortlisted in each subcategory. These shortlists will be announced on 12 November, when public voting will also commence (ending on 3 December).

At the same time, a panel of expert judges will evaluate the shortlisted stories. A winner will be chosen in each sub-category based on both the judges’ evaluation and the number of votes registered.

Charity Impact Awards

The Awards promote best practice and increase awareness of the significance and role of the nonprofit sector in Irish society.

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