Australian Philanthropy Awards 2020
At the end of a complex and challenging year, the best of Australian philanthropy was celebrated at the sixth annual Australian Philanthropy Awards.
The Australian Philanthropy Awards were held for the first time as a virtual ceremony. They showcased a range of collaborations that led to innovative, strategic and bold outcomes in settings as diverse as outback Australia to inner-city Melbourne.
Philanthropy Australia CEO Sarah Davies hailed philanthropy’s response to the challenging circumstances of 2020, including bushfires, the COVID-19 pandemic and then the social and economic consequences of the health crisis.
The awards drew a record number of nominations across 9 categories: Leading Philanthropist, Better Philanthropy, Bolder Philanthropy, Best Grant Program, Community Philanthropy, Environmental Philanthropy, Indigenous Philanthropy, Gender-wise Philanthropy and International Philanthropy.
Australia’s highest philanthropic honour, the Leading Philanthropist Award, was awarded to Carol Schwartz AO in recognition of her outstanding contribution to philanthropy and her insights into giving, community, leadership and gender.
Ms Davies said the award recipients showed the ‘…the transformative power that good partnership, powerful community leadership and powerful philanthropy can achieve together.’
Australian Philanthropy Awards 2020 recipients
Carol Schwartz AO
Better Philanthropy Award
Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Housing Choices Australia
Bolder Philanthropy Award
Gandel Philanthropy and the Australian Foundation for Yad Vashem
Best Grant Program Award
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)
Community Philanthropy Award
Give Where You Live Foundation, Geelong Community Foundation and Kids Thrive
Environmental Philanthropy Award
The Pace Foundation (and 6 other funders) and Beyond Zero Emissions
Gender-wise Philanthropy Award
Brian and Virginia McNamee Foundation and WIRE
Indigenous Philanthropy Award
The Balnaves Foundation and Guardian Australia
International Philanthropy Award
Accenture Australia and Good Return
The Australian Philanthropy Awards 2020 were generously supported by:
Australian Community Philanthropy
Australian Communities Foundation
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network
Australian Women Donors Network
Australian International Development Network
Australian Council for International Development
See past editions of the Australian Philanthropy Awards program
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