2020 Charity Governance Awards – Embracing Digital

In May 2020, upReach was announced as the winner of the “Embracing Digital” Charity Governance Award. The full shortlist included 21 UK charities engaged in a diverse range of activities such as health care, support for victims of domestic abuse, and education access for those experiencing disadvantage.

upReach was selected because “Our judges were impressed with the way digital has been embraced by the board, and utilised to improve internal practices as well…The use of digital to capture, monitor and evaluate impact was of particular note.” Find out more here.

John Craven, Chief Executive of upReach, said:
“We are thrilled to win this award in recognition of how we put digital at the heart of everything we do. Over the last four years, we have built a range of innovative platforms and tools that facilitate the support we provide to students, and measure our impact in real-time, ensuring effective governance. It is fantastic to see how effective the tools we have built are in facilitating Trustee collaboration, and more recently in delivering the highest quality of support to upReach Associates during the Covid-19 crisis.”

Edward Astle, upReach Chair of Trustees said:
“upReach’s digital approach to working with young people and with the Board is truly remarkable. Innovative digital tools, such as the digital “Trustee dashboard” which shows live data on the charity’s activities and progress towards targets, help us within the Board to make informed strategic plans and decisions. It is a privilege to lead the Board, working closely with the upReach team to ensure the charity continues to maximise its impact in the years to come.”

2019 Charity of the Year

In October 2019, upReach won the Charity of the Year Award at the 2019 Charity Times Awards, in the under £1m income category. The Award was in recognition of a tremendous year that included growing the impact we are having boosting social mobility, launching the Student Social Mobility Awards, our successful Future Charity Leaders Programme, and sector-leading technology. Find out more here.

FSI Small Charity Big Impact Award – Highly Commended

In July 2019, in recognition of the growing impact that upReach is having, the charity was “Highly Commended” at the FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards in our income category.