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 Charity Excellence Awards

The Charity Excellence Awards aim to highlight and reward excellence within the charity sector. The categories reflect the full spectrum of those who work within the sector in charities big and small, from trustees to fundraisers, members of the finance team to your corporate partners.  

The 2021 Awards' submissions are now closed.



Tom Shipsey

Eilis Murray

John R Healy

Deirdre Garvey

Tom Connaughton

Liz Roche

John Lepp

Lorraine Corcoran

Sinead O'Keeffe

Chairperson: Tom Shipsey – CEO, Stonehouse Marketing


  • Eilis Murray - CEO, Philanthropy Ireland 
  • John R. Healy - former CEO, Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Deirdre Garvey - CEO, The Wheel  
  • Tom Connaughton - Head of Internal Audit, Rehab Group  
  • Liz Roche - Head of Foundation and Sustainable Business, Vodafone Ireland 
  • John Lepp, Partner at Agents of Good (Canada)
  • Lorraine Corcoran - CEO, Afanite 
  • Sinead O'Keeffe - Commercial Management, Sponsorship, Fundraising & Philanthropy Consultant
Judging Process
T&C and FAQs
We hope that in the end these awards reflect extraordinary work being undertaken by the organisations we were looking at, work that reflected the real talent and commitment that marks our sector out. Getting the message out, maintaining the profile, developing sustainable partnerships – these are challenging but transformative tasks. These awards, I hope in the end, go some way to honour the huge contribution the community and voluntary sector makes to the wider community.

— Fergus Finlay, Chairman of the Judging Panel (2019 & 2020)

CEA2021 Sponsorship

Support the work of the charity sector, promote best practice and recognise excellence in leadership, good governance and innovation.

The Charity Excellence Awards, now in their 3rd year, showcase how charities are using innovation, and evidence-based professional approaches to maintain sustainability, effectiveness, and engagement. 

The year's online campaign celebrates the extraordinary achievements of the Irish charity sector through the pandemic. Help recognise and reward the organisations, leaders, and teams that provided services and support to those in need during these unprecedented times. 

For our lead sponsor, we provide brand and product exposure during the announcement of finalists and winners, speaking opportunities at our Charity Leadership Summit, and ongoing networking potential through the Cii C-Suite Forums.

Please send your statement of interest outlining how your organisation supports best practice and development within the charity sector to by Monday 21st June at 5pm. 

2020 Charity Excellence Awards Winners



Click to view all 2019 Winners

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