Adrian Randall Challenge Prize 2017

Could you be the winner of the Adrian Randall Challenge Prize 2017?

Set up as a legacy by CFG in honour of one of our founding members who passed away in 2012, the Adrian Randall Challenge Prize is a biennial award for individuals who have demonstrated excellence in charity finance.

In the spirit of Randall’s vision for charity finance and determination to transform the sector for future generations, the award aims to capture good practice and share excellence in financial leadership.

The winner will receive a £5,000 grant from CFG to realise an idea or project that can be scaled up to help other charity finance professionals.

Examples of best practice that the panel will be looking for are:

• Innovation in responding to internal changes, inspiring change management or effective internal communications

• Successfully adapting processes and systems to respond to new challenges

• Supporting staff to understand developments, or implementing new ways of working to improve finance processes within your organisation

• Embedding the finance function at the heart of your organisation’s strategy, by developing internal processes and partnerships with other teams

• Future thinking: an idea and plan for a project or piece of work that will deliver improvement in how your charity manage finance that is scalable – it could be used adopted by other charities

These examples are an indication of the type of good practice we’re looking for, but the winning entry could be any excellent charity finance work, tools or ideas which could be of benefit to other charities. Past award winners have been Nick Dugdale from Compassion in World Farming who developed SAVE - a financial planning model for charities, and Hilary Seaward who developed a toolkit for trustees to help them better engage with management accounts. Read more about their winning ideas.

We will award the winner a £5,000 grant to develop their work over the course of 2018. In order to share your best practice and learning with other charities, you will be expected to work with CFG to produce a case study or briefing with CFG will publish.

You will have the opportunity to write articles for both Finance Focus and the CFG member handbook, The Pink Book 2018 and contribute to CFG’s blog. You’ll also be invited to speak at one of CFG’s conferences or workshops about your work.

In addition to the prize of £5,000, as the Adrian Randall Prize 2017 winner, you will benefit from:

• A demonstrable boost to your career development and profile as a leading charity finance professional
• Raising the profile of you and your organisation more widely, and positioning your charity as a dynamic, innovative leader with robust financial processes
• Clear demonstration of the impact of you work and that of your charity
• Help with funding applications – the prize will validate factoring in running costs when applying for funding
• Positions your organisation as trustworthy, capable and financially confident
• As part of the grant, CFG will work with you to develop a briefing or publication so other charities can learn from your best practice
• You will also be given a platform to share your work online via CFG’s conferences, popular blog and website

How to enter

Download, complete and return the entry form to: andrew.o’brien@cfg.org.uk

The deadline for entries is 09:00 on Monday 6 November 2017.

Entries will be judged by a panel which includes CFG Trustees Sam Husband and Kerry O’Shea, and one other judge to be announced.

The winner will need to attend a short interview, in person at Charity Finance Group in London, or by Skype the week commencing 6 November, and the prize will be awarded at CFG’s Annual Dinner on the evening of Thursday 9 November (please ensure that you save this date).

Please check the terms and conditions of the competition before submitting your entry/entries.

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