About the Charity Impact Awards

 

What is the Charity Impact Awards?

The Charity Impact Awards celebrate the positive impact community, voluntary and charitable organisations are making in people’s lives across the length and breadth of Ireland.

A vibrant community, voluntary and charity sector is at the heart of a healthy society. However, this important contribution is all too often overlooked.  The Charity Impact Awards aims to change this!

Who is behind the Charity Impact Awards?

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

We passionately believe that people, through their participation in community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises 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”?

“Impact” simply means making a positive difference in people’s lives. It can be tangible like a much-needed community amenity or service, or something intangible like increased confidence, a sense of community pride or well-being. Impact matters because it is the essence of why charities exist – why we do what we do.

What are the Categorise?

The Categories

  1. Charity Impact Award

This award celebrates the work of community and voluntary and charitable organisations, clubs or groups that have brought about positive change

An organisation can enter more than once; however, each entry must be a specific project or campaign, managed by that organisation i.e. each project can only be entered once*

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

 

The entry must be accompanied by a short video (no longer than two minutes). The video should demonstrate the organisation’s impact, what the organisation does and why it should win this award. The video can be hosted on Youtube or Vimeo

* An Organisation can only enter this category or the Social Enterprise of the Year category, not both.

Assessment Criteria:

Question: Outline the vision and mission of the Organisation

Assessment Criteria: Why was the Organisation set up? What is it trying to change or do? Why is it important to do this?

Question: How has the Organisation developed and tackled issues?

Assessment Criteria: Describe the development of the Organisation including some significant challenges and achievements

Question: What has the overall impact of the work been?

Assessment Criteria: Demonstrate the impact of the Organisation on the wider community – locally, regionally and/or nationally – including some facts and figures that reflect the success. Provide an example/testimonial to illustrate the impact of this work. [Please feel free to amend the example/testimonial to protect the identity of service users and individuals]

Question: What makes this Organisation unique?

Assessment Criteria: Consider what makes this Organisation special. How is it different from others working in the same field?

Question: How can the public support this work?

Assessment Criteria: How clear is this and how accessible is it for the public to support the work? Volunteers? Fundraising?

How is the Organisation transparent and accountable?

Assessment Criteria: Where can the public find out about the Organisation’s finances and governance? Does the organisation comply with any relevant codes or standards?

Shortlisting, Voting and Judging:

Each application that fulfills the Eligibilty Criteria for their category [see above] will be published on www.charityimpactawards.ie

Shorting:

A shortlist of 5 entries will be drawn up for each category, using the specific Assessment Criteria.  The Shortlisting Process is carried out by The Wheel staff.  See detail of the Shortlisting process here [include hyperlink to the detail]

Voting:

The shortlisted entries will be open to public voting from 12th November to 3rd December 2018.

A weighting of 33.33% will be given to the public voting. Within each category, it will work as follows:

the total number of votes is counted and each of the 5 organisations is given a percentage based on its percentage of that overall vote e.g. if the total votes are 2,000, and one organisation gets 800 votes out of that total, it will be assigned 40% of that overall vote. This 40% will provide 33.33% of the total score for that application.

Judging:

The judging will be done by a panel of judges, details of which will be available on the Charity Impact Awards website prior to the judging taking place, using the specific Assessment Criteria.

A weighting of 66.66% will be given to the judge’s results. Within each category, it works as follows:

Judges scoring – each organisation will be marked out of 100 and as with the public voting, each organisation will be given a weighting based on its score as a percentage of the overall score for the category e.g. if the scoring for the 5 organisations is 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 that is a total of 300 marks in total, the organisation that gets 50 out of the 300 total will be given a percentage of 16.67%.  This 16.67% will provide 66.66% of the total score for that application.

 

2. 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

The ten longest serving volunteers from the 30 shortlisted nominees of the Volunteer Ireland Awards are eligible to be selected for the Community Hero Award

Assessment Criteria:

The Individual: Consider what is inspiring, creative, innovate and unique about the nominee

Their Dedication: Consider the dedication, the work, the time and commitment the person puts into their role

Their Impact: Consider how inspiring their story is and how impactful their actions have been on the organisation and the people that it serves

Shortlisting, Voting and Judging:

Each application that fulfills the Eligibilty Criteria for their category [see above] will be published on www.charityimpactawards.ie

Shorting:

There will be no shortlisting in this category. All ten will be open to public voting – (This category is not open to applicants, nominations come directly from Volunteer Irelands Awards)

Voting:

The entries will be open to public voting from 12th November to 3rd December 2018.

A weighting of 33.33% will be given to the public voting. Within each category, it will work as follows:

the total number of votes is counted and each of the 5 organisations is given a percentage based on its percentage of that overall vote e.g. if the total votes are 2,000, and one organisation gets 800 votes out of that total, it will be assigned 40% of that overall vote. This 40% will provide 33.33% of the total score for that application.

Judging:

The judging will be done by a panel of judges, details of which will be available on the Charity Impact Awards website prior to the judging taking place, using the specific Assessment Criteria.

A weighting of 66.66% will be given to the judge’s results. Within each category, it works as follows:

Judges scoring – each organisation will be marked out of 100 and as with the public voting, each organisation will be given a weighting based on its score as a percentage of the overall score for the category e.g. if the scoring for the 5 organisations is 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 that is a total of 300 marks in total, the organisation that gets 50 out of the 300 total will be given a percentage of 16.67%.  This 16.67% will provide 66.66% of the total score for that application.

 

3. Trustee of the Year Award

Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Assessment Criteria:

Question: Tell us about the issue of issues this project/organisation/campaign is tackling and why it is important

Assessment Criteria: Clarity on the project/organisation/campaign’s vision, mission & purpose. Why was the organisation set up? What is it trying to change or do? Why is it important to do this?

Question: Describe the nominee’s involvement with the organisation.

Assessment Criteria:  what are the issues the organisation is tackling; what are the issues facing the organisation; how well has the nominee impacted on these? What is the nominee’srole? How did they get involved? How long have they been a Trustee?

Question: What special qualities and skills does the nominee bring to their role as Trustee?

Question: How has the nominee’s involvement had a positive impact on the organisation and the people it serves. Give a specific example of their impact on the organistion.

Assessment Criteria [for both questions above]:  Consider what is inspiring, creative, innovative and unique about the nominee and their value to the organisation.  Consider any special skills, experience or qualities that make them stand out. Consider how the organisation and the people it serves have benefited from the nominee’s involvement.

Question: How is the organisation transparent and accountable?

Assessment Criteria:  Consider how the organisation is accountable and how the public can find out about its finances and governance. Consider any relevant codes or standards with which the organisation complies.

Shortlisting, Voting and Judging:

Each application that fulfills the Eligibilty Criteria for their category [see above] will be published on www.charityimpactawards.ie

Shorting:

A shortlist of 5 entries will be drawn up for each category, using the specific Assessment Criteria.  The Shortlisting Process is carried out by The Wheel staff.  See detail of the Shortlisting process here [include hyperlink to the detail]

Voting:

The shortlisted entries will be open to public voting from 12th November to 3rd December 2018.

A weighting of 33.33% will be given to the public voting. Within each category, it will work as follows:

the total number of votes is counted and each of the 5 organisations is given a percentage based on its percentage of that overall vote e.g. if the total votes are 2,000, and one organisation gets 800 votes out of that total, it will be assigned 40% of that overall vote. This 40% will provide 33.33% of the total score for that application.

Judging:

The judging will be done by a panel of judges, details of which will be available on the Charity Impact Awards website prior to the judging taking place, using the specific Assessment Criteria.

A weighting of 66.66% will be given to the judge’s results. Within each category, it works as follows:

Judges scoring – each organisation will be marked out of 100 and as with the public voting, each organisation will be given a weighting based on its score as a percentage of the overall score for the category e.g. if the scoring for the 5 organisations is 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 that is a total of 300 marks in total, the organisation that gets 50 out of the 300 total will be given a percentage of 16.67%.  This 16.67% will provide 66.66% of the total score for that application.

 

4. Social Enterprise of the Year

Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Assessment Criteria:

Question: Outline the vision and mission of the Social Enterprise

Assessment Criteria: Why was the Social Enterprise set up? What is it trying to change or do? Why is it important to do this?

Question: How has the Social Enterprise developed and tackled issues?

Assessment Criteria: Describe the development of the Social Enterprise including some significant challenges and achievements

Question: What has the overall impact of the work been?

Assessment Criteria: Demonstrate the impact of the Social Enterprise on the wider community – locally, regionally and/or nationally – including some facts and figures that reflect the success. Provide an example/testimonial to illustrate the impact of this work. [Please feel free to amend the example/testimonial to protect the identity of service users and individuals]

Question: What makes this Social Enterprise unique?

Assessment Criteria: Consider what makes this Social Enterprise special. How is it different from others working in the same field?

Question: Please describe how your Social Enterprise engages in trading activity in a way to achieve your social mission

Assessment Criteria: How does the organisation generate income? What percentage of the income is traded income [i.e. income in exchange for a good or service]? How does the income generated contribute to the cost of delivering on your mission?

Question: How can the public support the Social Enterprise?

Assessment Criteria: How clear is this and how accessible is it for the public to support the work? Volunteers? Fundraising?

How is the Social Enterprise transparent and accountable?

Assessment Criteria: Where can the public find out about the Social Enterprise’s finances and governance?  Does the organisation comply with any relevant codes or standards?

Shortlisting, Voting and Judging:

Each application that fulfills the Eligibilty Criteria for their category [see above] will be published on www.charityimpactawards.ie

Shorting:

A shortlist of 5 entries will be drawn up for each category, using the specific Assessment Criteria.  The Shortlisting Process is carried out by The Wheel staff.  See detail of the Shortlisting process here [include hyperlink to the detail]

Voting:

The shortlisted entries will be open to public voting from 12th November to 3rd December 2018.

A weighting of 33.33% will be given to the public voting. Within each category, it will work as follows:

the total number of votes is counted and each of the 5 organisations is given a percentage based on its percentage of that overall vote e.g. if the total votes are 2,000, and one organisation gets 800 votes out of that total, it will be assigned 40% of that overall vote. This 40% will provide 33.33% of the total score for that application.

Judging:

The judging will be done by a panel of judges, details of which will be available on the Charity Impact Awards website prior to the judging taking place, using the specific Assessment Criteria.

A weighting of 66.66% will be given to the judge’s results. Within each category, it works as follows:

Judges scoring – each organisation will be marked out of 100 and as with the public voting, each organisation will be given a weighting based on its score as a percentage of the overall score for the category e.g. if the scoring for the 5 organisations is 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 that is a total of 300 marks in total, the organisation that gets 50 out of the 300 total will be given a percentage of 16.67%.  This 16.67% will provide 66.66% of the total score for that application.

 

Key Dates

  • 11 September – Nominations Open
  • 23 October – Nominations Close
  • 12 November – Shortlisting Announced and Voting Opens
  • 3 December – Voting Close
  • 11 December – Charity Impact Awards

By summiting this application you are agreeing to the below terms of the competition:

Obligation to use your application form

By entering this application you are acknowledging and agreeing that The Wheel and its partners are not required to host, display, accept, consider any entered or submitted application to the Charity Impact Awards, and you further agree that if The Wheel determines that your entry does not meet eligibility requirements for any reason, The Wheel may, at its sole discretion, remove your submission from the contest at any time.

Agree To Be Bound

By entering, entrants agree to be bound by the decisions of the shortlist and judges and these official rules and to comply with laws and regulations as well as all rules and terms of use posted on www.chairtyimpact.ie

Further, The Wheel reserves the right to (a) modify the Terms & Conditions / Rules of the campaign at any time during the National Charity Impact Awards and (b) cancel, terminate or modify any transmission or other activity not capable of completion as planned, including by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical failures of any sort.

Not Responsible For Technical Difficulties

The Wheel and those working for or on its behalf will not be responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, submissions or attempted submissions, or for e-mail, internet, computer hardware and software, phone, and/or any other technical errors, malfunctions, and delays that may prevent you from uploading your application into the competition, or interfere with your compliance of the rules of this competition. All responsibilities related to submitting a qualifying entry fall on you, the entrant or potential entrant.

Entry Compliance and Entry Disputes

  1. Entry is open to recognised community and voluntary organisations, clubs, social enterprise or associations on the island of Ireland.
  2. The Wheel will validate all entries and will determine, at its sole discretion, whether each application meets the entry criteria detailed herein for acceptance as an entry into the contest. If there is any doubt as to which category of the competition the submitting organisation fits in to, The Wheel reserves the right to change the category and information the submitting organisation that it has done so.
  3. The Wheel also reserves the unqualified right to investigate the bone fides of any organisation, club or association, or of any private business or individual that are mentioned or featured in an entry. We reserve the right not to accept, or to disqualify an entry, if we are not fully satisfied with the authenticity and validity of the credentials of either the entrant or any associated entity. You understand that The Wheel is under no obligation to disclose its reasons for not accepting an entry.
  4. The opening and closing date and time for entries (in all categories) are as indicated on www.charityimpact.ie. Any entries received after 5pm (GMT) on 23 October 2018 will be disregarded, and will not appear on the website.
  5. The Wheel will validate all entries and will determine, at its sole discretion, whether each application meets the entry criteria detailed herein for acceptance as an entry into the contest.
  6. Public voting will open on the 12 November and remain open until the 3 December. At the same time as the public voting is taking place the Judging Panel will review the shortlist and award marks. The winner in each category will be decided by combining the results of the public voting and the judges’ marks taking the public voting and judge’s marks together.

Voting Procedure

The voting procedure for the Charity Impact Awards is that anyone can vote once per category.

Promotion/Publicity

By submitting an entry, you grant The Wheel and its partners the right to use information and content provided by you for publicity and institutional promotional purposes to the extent permitted by law. You understand and agree that The Wheel may request more information from you for such purposes, should your application become shortlisted or a winner. The shortlisted agree to participate in such reasonable publicity as may be requested by The Wheel and their partners.

Release from Liability

Entrants agree that The Wheel and related individuals or entities as well as our sponsors shall not be liable for losses or injuries of any kind resulting from acceptance of award, participation in the contest, individual, joint or collective technical malfunctions of the telephone network and/or transmission line, computer on-line system, computer dating mechanism, computer equipment, hardware and/or software, or any delay or distortion of an entry resulting from data transmissions that are garbled, incomplete, misdirected, lost, mutilated, delayed, corrupted, mechanically duplicated, illegible or otherwise not in compliance with these official rules.

Furthermore, you also agree that The Wheel and its partners are not liable in any way for any false claims, inaccuracies or illegal content contained in your video or in associated information links or external websites.

Data Protection

The data, which is provided by entrants when they enter the awards, will be held by The Wheel. Entrants’ data will be shared with the judging panel, but it will not be shared with, or sold to, any external parties or commercial entities.

Video and Photos

You consent to any video and photos given as part of the application to be used by The Wheel. If you are posting photos of children under the age of 18, you must ensure that you have the written consent of their legal guardians.

Disqualification

Any organisation that attempts to distort or manipulate the results of the competition will be disqualified.

Accuracy of Information Supplied By Entrants

The organisers are not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by entrants.

The Wheel reserves the right to modify or vary the terms and conditions at any time.

Appendix

Governing Body- The term Governing Body includes a steering committee, Council, Board, Management Committee or Executive.

Trustee- The term trustee can include members of a steering committee, council members, directors, member of the management committee or executive members.

Impact- The term “Impact” simply means making a positive difference in people’s lives. It can be tangible like a much-needed community amenity or service, or something intangible like increased confidence, a sense of community pride or well-being. Impact matters because it is the essence of why charities exist – why we do what we do.

Charity Impact Awards

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