Charity of the Year Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria for Charity of the Year

Every two years CWN’s External Relations Committee commences a selection process to canvass nominations from not-for-profit UK-registered charities which benefit women or children, or both, living in the UK.

If you are a not-for-profit charity interested in being selected as CWN’s Charity of the Year, please review our selection criteria and email us at to express your interest. We alert our members and audiences on our homepage in early October. Our next selection process will commence in October 2019.


1.  Beneficiaries
UK-registered charity with objectives for the direct or indirect benefit of women and/or children living in the UK. (Charities operating  in the UK but without nationwide activities must have their headquarters and regional focus in London or the SE of England.)


2.  Areas of activity 

  • Education and Training: including but not limited to: teaching and mentoring, skills based training, business start-ups
  • Health/Social Issues: including but not limited to: women’s related illnesses, disabilities, medical research, single mothers, disadvantaged children
  • Poverty: including but not limited to: disadvantaged communities, homelessness, hostels/refuge centres


3.  Size of Charity
Annual income up to £5million.


4.  Credible Organisation
That can evidence ongoing viability and a vision for the future.


5.  Funding
Diverse and sustainable income streams, primarily from private sector sources.


6.  Evidence of Effectiveness
The charity must be able to demonstrate success in achieving its mission and goals.


7.  Non-Financial Contributions
The charity will make CWN aware of any needs it has where the skills of CWN members might be provided on a pro bono basis.


8. Other

  • Short-listing: No charity will be short-listed more than three times in succession.
  • Previous Support: The last five charities that have received financial support from CWN will be excluded.
  • Unsuccessful nominees: Charities which have previously been nominated for CWN Charity of the Year, but were unsuccessful may be nominated again.