Family Fund wins Charity Award for setting up FFBS

Charity Awards 2018

Left to right: Family Fund’s Chairman, Ian Black; Managing Director of Family Fund Business Services, Jill Wheeler and Family Fund’s CEO, Cheryl Ward with the Charity Award for Grantmaking and Funding.

Family Fund Business Services (FFBS) are thrilled for their parent charity, Family Fund, who won the Grantmaking and Funding category at the Charity Awards 2018 for their work establishing FFBS.

Since its inception, FFBS has raised £2.9 million to fund Family Fund’s work supporting families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.

FFBS uses Family Fund’s expertise in grant-making to provide fulfilment services for public and third sector organisations, with all profits going to Family Fund. Not only does this increase the number of grants Family Fund can offer, but also diversifies Family Fund’s income, further securing their future.

Jill Wheeler, Managing Director of Family Fund Business Services said: “We are extremely proud of our parent charity, Family Fund, for winning the Grantmaking and Funding Award. Not only does it celebrate their achievement in setting up the trading subsidiary, but it is also fantastic recognition of the service we provide and our ongoing objective to help organisations support even more beneficiaries across the UK.”

Cheryl Ward, Group Chief Executive of Family Fund said, “We are delighted to win the Grantmaking and Funding award at the Charity Awards. The award 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 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. It has provided around £2.9 million to support the charity’s work with families raising disabled or seriously ill children over the last four years, and we look forward to seeing it grow further in the future.”

Winners were announced at the award ceremony at the Pavilion at the Tower of London, after being chosen by an independent 11-strong judging panel, each with a great deal of experience through working in or supporting the charity sector. The judging panel included, among others, Mandy Johnson (CEO, Small Charities Coalition), Sir John Low (CEO, Charities Aid Foundation), Andy Pitt (Head of Charities, Rathbones), Danielle Walker Palmour (Director, Friends Provident Charitable Foundation) and Andy Hind (Executive Editor, Civil Society Media).

Their fellow nominees also showcased a wide range of achievements including Islington Giving, for their place-based giving model, and Trust for London for establishing the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants.

Speaking of those shortlisted, Julian Chislett, Chief Executive of Civil Society Media said “After a year of increased scrutiny and considerable challenge to the sector it is so important that we celebrate success. Not only have we received over 30 per cent more entries than ever but the standard of the charities on our shortlist this year is incredible and the stories behind them truly inspiring.  We are extremely proud to have such a fantastic group of entries.”

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