By Sam Ma'ayan on 07 Jan 2015
On the last day of 2014 we all learnt who was on the New Year’s honours list. We were pleased to discover that over fifty individuals had been awarded a CH, Knighthood, GBE, DEBE, CBE, OBE, MBE or BEM for services to charities, with many more honoured for reasons closely relating to charities eg services to disability. This list cannot hope to do justice to all the outstanding individuals in our sector, but it is inspiring to see individuals being recognised and rewarded for their work and dedication. Congratulations from everyone at TPP.
Some of the recipients of Honours are people who have been people who work in the most senior and high profile positions the not for profit sector has to offer – people such as Virginia Beardshaw (Chief Executive Officer of I CAN), Alice Maynard (Previous Chair of Scope) and Judge Brian John (Governor of Sir John Cass Foundation). Their professionalism, skill and dedication have been a shining example of excellence for some time for anyone wishing to change the world for the better. The scope of their quantifiable achievements alone makes them clear choices for the highest honours.
However the vast majority of people receiving honours are not from these positions in these large charities. Some of them are founders of charities – people who saw an issue that needs solving, and did something about it. Some of them are trustees of smaller or local organisations – giving up their time, energy and skills for their local community. And some of them are simply volunteers and fundraisers – donating huge amounts of time and effort to do their part. Stephen Hill is an excellent example – a man who has been honoured for raising large amounts of has raised large amounts of money through incredible acts physical endurance and self-sacrifice. Eleanor Bremner is another – she has volunteered titanic amounts of time to alleviate the suffering of cancer suffers in Scotland.
These honours cannot hope to reward everyone who has contributed to the sector over the past. What they do however, beyond rewarding the spectacular efforts of the individual recipients, is to demonstrate the diversity of people and roles that exist in the second. Whether a high performing Chief Executive Officer, a dedicated Chairwoman, a skilled Fundraiser, a knowledgeable historian or kind soul willing to listen, there is a way for you to make a meaningful difference to the lives of those that need your support – whether human lives, animal lives or the lives of the flora of the world.
2015 is a big year for the not for profit sector, with the inevitable changes resulting from the general election just around the corner. Are you prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead? Do your staff live up to the standards set by these honours winners? Were your volunteers equally skills and committed as those honoured this week? If so, then that is great news and I wish you all the best for the year ahead. But if not, come and speak to us at TPP. It’ll cost you nothing just to discuss options and services with us, and it could be the best thing you do for your cause all year. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 020 7198 6000.