Family Fund shortlisted for Charity Award for grantmaking and funding

Family Fund has been shortlisted for the UK-wide Charity Awards 2018, in the ‘Grantmaking and funding’ category, recognising the vital and sustainable funding generated by our trading subsidiary Family Fund Business Services (FFBS).

They have been shortlisted for the set-up and successful establishment of FFBS. Using the expertise they have developed over 45 years of grant-making, FFBS’ unique model has helped extend its grant fulfilment service to benefit other charities, local authorities and housing providers.

Since 2012, FFBS has supported 47 organisations to deliver around 1 million grant items to beneficiaries, adding £1 million of additional value for customers through product rebates to help their funding go further.

The inception and launch of FFBS has helped to increase and diversify Family Fund’s income by gifting almost £2.9 million of unrestricted income to date, enabling Family Fund to deliver even more support to more families raising disabled or seriously ill children.

Family Fund joins a shortlist of charities including Islington Giving, for their place-based giving model, and Trust for London for establishing the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants. An independent judging panel of 11 individuals have shortlisted the entries and will select a winner in each of the ten categories. The winners will be announced at the official awards reception at The Pavilion, within the grounds of The Tower of London on 7 June 2018.

Cheryl Ward, Group Chief Executive of Family Fund said,

“We are delighted to be shortlisted for The Charity Awards 2018 within the Grantmaking and funding category. Over the past four years, our trading subsidiary, Family Fund Business Services, has worked in partnership with over 40 organisations to provide support to their beneficiaries and deliver social value.

“The strong governance, expertise and foresight of our Board of Trustees and Executive, alongside the commitment of the senior management team, has established Family Fund Business Services as a highly successful trading subsidiary, providing around £2.9 million to support the charity’s work with families raising disabled or seriously ill children over the last four years. This nomination recognises the dedication we have as a Group to using our 45 years of charity experience in providing grants and services to improve and increase support to some of the most vulnerable people in society.”


The Charity Awards is Civil Society Media’s annual awards programme held to identify, recognise and reward those organisations doing exceptional work in all areas of charitable activity.

The 11-strong judging panel boasts a wealth of experience from voluntary sector heavyweights, each of them leaders in their own fields. The judges include Andrew Hind (Trustee, Baring Foundation), Andy Pitt (Investment Director and Head of Charities, Rathbones), Cathy Phelan-Watkins (Director/Owner, Civil Society Media), Danielle Walker Palmour  (Director, Friends Provident Foundation), and Dr John Low (Chief Executive, Charities Aid Foundation), and many other notable names.

Family Fund has also been shortlisted for the Charity Governance Awards 2018, recognising the innovative opportunity presented by its Executive, and the Trustees’ support and oversight in establishing FFBS.

For more information on the awards, visit You can follow the awards on Twitter using #CharityAwards. Winners will be announced on the website following the event.



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