The Australian Philanthropy Awards recognise and celebrate extraordinary achievements in contemporary philanthropy and provide a snapshot of the breadth and diversity of efforts across Australia to create more and better philanthropy.
The Awards program was launched in 2014 and, over the years, has grown to include seven categories.
The Australian Philanthropy Awards not only allow us to celebrate and recognise extraordinary achievements, but they also provide us with stories, insights and examples that can be harnessed for our own learning and challenge us to seek improvement and reflection as custodians of social wealth.
Best Large Grant
Best Small Grant
Environmental Philanthropy Award
Gender-wise Philanthropy Award
Indigenous Philanthropy Award
International Philanthropy Award
Please visit each of the award respective pages for more detail and their specific selection criteria.
Yes! Nominations are welcomed from Philanthropy Australia members and non-members, as well as members, supporters and friends of our partner organisations and the broader social change community.
You may not nominate yourself, but you may nominate your organisation. Please note that current staff and Council of Philanthropy Australia, partner organisations’ Council/Boards and staff, and members of the Australian Philanthropy Awards selection panel are not eligible for nomination.
Nominees’ names will remain confidential and only successful recipients will be announced. For full details of nominee eligibility, please see the individual award categories.
We welcome nominations from Philanthropy Australia members and non-members, as well as members, supporters and friends of our partner organisations – so no, you do not need to be Philanthropy Australia member to make a nomination.
Click the relevant award category link and you’ll be directed to the online nomination portal. You will be required to create a user account and password, and from here you will be able to create and submit nominations.
You will be required to note your username and password to enable you to edit and access your nomination before the deadline.
Please also note that the nominations portal will ‘log out’ if left inactive for 30 minutes, so it is recommended that you select ‘save and continue later’ to ensure that your progress is saved.
You will receive a confirmation email once your nomination has been submitted.
Please note the deadline to submit nominations: Friday 18 May at 5.00pm AEDT.
One of the purposes of the Awards is to acknowledge recent outstanding work in philanthropy. To that end, the timeframe has been set broadly for activity in the past five years (2013 – 2017), which may include design, funding and/or delivery of impact during that time period.
Each nomination will be reviewed by an honorary selection panel. This selection panel is comprised of respected and qualified philanthropic sector leaders from Philanthropy Australia’s membership. For our specific category awards (Environmental, Gender-wise, Indigenous and International), the selection panel is supported by the partner organisation (AEGN, AWDN, Ninti One and DFAT).
The selection panels will review all nominations in June and select the winner in each category.
Nominees’ names will remain confidential and only successful recipients will be announced.
The Australian Philanthropy Awards 2018 event will be held on Thursday 26 July at the iconic Sydney Opera House. All nominators will be notified of the outcome of their nomination, and if successful, we will be in touch with further exciting details prior to the Awards event. We will, of course, contact award recipients to let them know the good news as well as next steps in relation to the event itself.