This award is for organisations that show commitment to training their finance staff. In particular, the judges will be looking for organisations that provide on-the-job training and supervision combined with study leave and support for staff to complete their professional exams at various levels. Organisations may also support finance staff to pursue other qualifications such as the Diploma in Charity Accounting or other post-graduate courses in voluntary sector management.
Raising awareness of finance
This is an award for a finance team or individual that has successfully raised awareness of finance for the non-financial managers in their organisation. The application needs to include the details of at least one manager in the organisation who can comment on the effectiveness of the activity as well as describing the ways in which this was achieved.
Have you created reports that have made a difference? You may have helped trustees to make a decision, or presented information in a new way that has engaged staff or volunteers. You may have communicated financial information in a more effective or efficient way. This award can be made for innovation or greater effectiveness in reporting.
Planning and budgeting
This award will recognise a significant contribution from a finance person or team in the area of planning and budgeting. You may have introduced a new approach or worked effectively with other teams to find solutions. You may have integrated risk management into planning processes, come up with new ways of making resource allocation decisions or introduced new technology.
Improving the way you work
The finance person or team should have made a significant contribution to improving processes used by finance or elsewhere in the organisation. The improvements should have resulted in a better experience for staff, volunteers, service users or other user groups. The improvement does not have to be specifically for a financial process but the finance person or team should have played a key role.