With just a few weeks left to vote for the winners of this year’s Digital Leaders 100, we wanted to let you know more about the 100 nominees who have made it onto the list across all ten categories. Today we cover Charity/Social Enterprise Digital Leader of the Year.
The award is specifically designed to recognise a charity or nonprofit that, in the last 12 months, has played a major role in projects that enable the benefits of digital to be made available to all.
The ten finalists for Charity/Social Enterprise Digital Leader of the Year are:
AbilityNet exists to change the lives of disabled people by helping them to use digital technology at work, at home or in education. The organisation’s professional assessors carefully identify the mix of technologies and adaptations that enables a disabled person to be more productive in everyday life.
Buddy Enterprises is a social innovation company passionate about using design and technology to tackle social problems and create products that matter. It works with NHS trusts across the UK as well as private therapists to bridge the divide between traditional services and the digital revolution happening in everyday lives.
CASTLE VALE COMMUNITY HOUSING ASSOCIATION
CVCHA manages 2,400 homes, and is one of the few housing associations to be resident-led, with a resident majority on the Board, a resident Chair and many resident staff. CVCHA provides a wide range of community regeneration activities to support the sustainability of the estate.
DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY CENTRE
The DAC provides expert digital accessibility testing and consultancy services for organisations both nationally and internationally. Clients include Channel 4, Lloyds Banking Group, Money Advice Service and many others. DAC employs 22 staff, 18 of whom have disabilities.
This charity has created a dynamic, virtual marketplace to help smaller charities thrive globally. It runs the original crowdfunding platform, focused on vetted smaller charities and social enterprises, as well as comprehensive donor management and communication tools, an online volunteering platform and an online peer learning network.
LIVES NOT KNIVES
Lives Not Knives works with a broad range of young people up to the age of 24, as well as a great number of local businesses – forging the connection between young people and prospective employers. The charity aims to assist young people by developing their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals.
mySociety is nonprofit which invents and popularises digital tools that enable citizens to exert power over institutions and decision makers. The charity believes that strong democratic accountability and a thriving civil society are vital to our common welfare, and that these cannot survive where people do not engage with government and communities.
Nominet Trust is a social tech funder that brings together, invests in and supports people making imaginative use of technology to address complex social challenges. The Trust directly awarded over £17m in grant funding to UK social ventures since 2009, which retain 100% equity and 100% of IP.
Playmob makes every click count. Having grown out of the games industry, and working with the largest studios in the world including EA, Rovio, Miniclip and Jagex, the team have raised $900k for global causes, while enabling companies to win too. Engagement and virality increase by 10x, customers spend for the first time and players are part of a bigger goal and are more likely to share their good actions online.
UK Youth is a national charity that reaches 693,000 young people every year through the largest network of youth clubs and projects. For over 100 years UK Your has been enabling young people to learn and succeed by supporting young people through a range of innovative programmes to gain life-skills that build confidence, resilience and make them more employable.
You have until the end of May to select overall winners from 100 finalists across ten categories, including Charity/Social Enterprise Digital Leader of the Year.
Which organisation will win your vote? The results will be combined with the deliberations of an expert judging panel to determine the overall winners, culminating in a black-tie gala dinner on 25th June at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in Central London.
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