The 2012 Guardian Charity Awards are now open for entries. Now in their 20th year, the awards are designed to highlight the work of small to medium-sized charities.
David Brindle, the Guardian’s Public Services Editor who chairs the judging panel, said: “Smaller charities are all too often overshadowed by the big players of the voluntary sector, but the entry criteria for the Guardian Charity Awards mean that the big names cannot exert their usual dominance.
"The awards offer a priceless leg-up to organisations that are delivering practical solutions to present-day problems, never more important than at a time of economic difficulty and unprecedented public spending cuts."
This year’s judging panel includes:
* Jane Asher, President, National Autistic Society
* Lynne Berry, Deputy chair, Canal and River Trust
* Caroline Diehl, Chief Executive, Media Trust
* Stuart Etherington – Chief Executive, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
* Baroness Howarth of Breckland OBE, President, Livability