Australian Philanthropy Awards

2018 Indigenous Philanthropy Award

This Award, presented in partnership with Ninti One, is for current achievements from funding initiatives that advance Indigenous communities, support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and promote reconciliation in Australia. This is displayed through:

  • Direct investment in innovative activities and organisations that support and empower Indigenous communities
  • Adopting and promoting practices that support, strengthen and sustain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
  • Fostering and facilitating reconciliation between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

One of the purposes of the Awards is to acknowledge recent outstanding work in philanthropy. As with our other Awards, the timeframe for the Indigenous Philanthropy Award recognises and celebrates best practice philanthropy across the past five years (for work occurring during the years 2013 – 2017).

Nominations are now open

The nominations are now open for the Australian Philanthropy Awards 2018 and will close Friday 25 May at 5pm. To submit a nomination for this Award, please follow the instructions within the form, complete the required fields, and if you have questions click FAQs for help.

The Australian Philanthropy Awards 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.

Thank you for supporting the Australian Philanthropy Awards through this nomination and stay tuned for further information about the event in the coming weeks.


Nominations are welcomed from Philanthropy Australia members and non-members, supporters and friends of our partner organisations.

You may not nominate yourself, but you may nominate your organisation.

Nominees’ names will remain confidential and only successful recipients will be announced.

Any member of the Australian general public may be nominated, however current staff and Council of Philanthropy Australia and Ninti One, and members of the Selection Panel are not eligible.


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.

Selection criteria 

An award for a funding initiative where the philanthropic and social investment has recognised, supported and empowered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. Specifically, activity which has:

  • directed philanthropic funding to innovative projects, programs and collaborations
  • promoted co-design and leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities
  • supported practices that strengthen and sustain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture
  • actively fostered and facilitated reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and wider Australia
  • occurred during the past five years, allowing for design, delivery and outcomes

Selection process

Submissions will be reviewed by the Selection Panel in late May 2018 for announcement at the Australian Philanthropy Awards Celebration on Thursday 26th July 2018 at the Sydney Opera House.

Award Partner

Thank you to Ninti One, our Indigenous Philanthropy Award Partner.

Share an opportunity

If there’s a project you'd like to see get off the ground and would like another funder to join you, please contact your State Manager:

They’ll work with you to submit your co-funding opportunity.

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