Okay, I've spent the last hour and a bit recalculating from the thread. Here is what I have done so far, in detail:
First, I went through the thread, noting nominations for each charity that was in the top five and had previously received funds. This was a double-check to make sure I had calculated the nominations for these charities correctly. This came out as 9 nominations for Alzheimer's Society, 9 for Shelter, and 8 for Mind - the same as the first time. This means that Alzheimer's Society and Shelter need to go through a tie break.
To do this, I looked at the Kudos for every nomination for each charity. I noted down every Kudos that had been given prior to November 17th, and who had given it. I removed any Kudos that had been given by anyone who had nominated that charity so that it wouldn't count twice, and removed any duplicates of people who has Kudosed the same charity on multiple posts. At the end of this, Alzheimer's Society had 16 Kudos compared to Shelter's 9, meaning that Alzheimer's Society is the one charity that we have paid to before that would be in the final five.
The fourth most popular nomination was Adoption UK, with five nominations. From there, the fifth place nomination between eligible charities was tied between Guide Dogs, Combat Stress, the Royal British Legion, and BBC Children in Need, all at three nominations each. I did the same Kudos process for these charities, and Guide Dogs came out on top with 11, Combat Stress with 9, the Royal British Legion had 5, and BBC Children in Need I'm afraid didn't get any Kudos.
This process would put our final five as:
William's Fund (for Oxford Hospitals Charity)
If this meets with you folks' approval, I'll be reaching out to the charities first thing tomorrow morning, to try and get their logos for the email and let them know they're in the shortlist, as well as contact the charities who weren't eligible to apologise personally. I'll also reach out tonight to members who nominated these charities to see if they'd be willing to write a short testimonial as to why they nominated - we currently have these for the top three already. My hope is that we will be able to do this quickly and will still be able to send the email from Wednesday.
Please let me know what you think.