Australian Philanthropy Awards 2019

The fifth annual Australian Philanthropy Awards recognised visionary givers making real change in the community.

Nomination Closed

The Australian Philanthropy Awards 2019 were held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Recipients across 7 categories were recognised for supporting a diverse range of local and international initiatives, including:

  • an international campaign to eradicate nuclear weapons
  • a project supporting an Indigenous women’s ranger program in Arnhem Land
  • an initiative transforming access to education for young women in Cambodia
  • a training program for environmental community leaders
  • a program to revitalise tourism in Queensland’s outback
  • Australia’s first justice reinvestment initiative.

Australian Philanthropy Awards 2019 recipients

Leading Philanthropist

Philip Bacon AM

Best Large Grant Award

Dusseldorp Forum, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF) and Maranguka Backbone Community Organisation (auspiced by Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT)

Best Small Grant Award

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the Barcoo Way Committee

Environmental Philanthropy Award

Melliodora Fund (and 6 other sub funds of the Australian Communities Foundation, plus 10 other funders since 2014)

Gender Wise Philanthropy Award

Atlassian Foundation

Indigenous Philanthropy Award

Klein Family Foundation and Karrkad Kanjdji Trust (KKT)

International Philanthropy Award

Eve Kantor and Mark Wootton, the Kantor Family through the Poola and Dara Foundations


The Australian Philanthropy Awards 2019 were generously supported by:

Deakin University

Australian Environmental Grantmaker’s Network


Australian Women’s Donors Network

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Press release

Australian Philanthropy Awards 2019 press release


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