Better Philanthropy Award

Innovation and initiatives that have enhanced or extended philanthropic practice, contributing to better philanthropy.

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The Better Philanthropy Award is for the professional practice of philanthropy and is awarded to philanthropists or organisations whose work demonstrates contemporary philanthropy best practice.

Use our online form to nominate someone for the Better Philanthropy Award.

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

The focus of this award is innovation and contribution to ‘better’ philanthropy. It is open to all members of the Australian philanthropic and broader social change community.

Nominations may be for an individual organisation or a collaboration of funders. You can nominate your own organisation.

Current staff and council of Philanthropy Australia and members of the selection panel are not eligible for nomination.

Nominations will be assessed on the below criteria:

  1. How the grant-maker or initiative has contributed to better philanthropy through enhancing or extending current philanthropic practice. For example, new collaboration models, decision-making processes, funding structures, governance structures, tools or frameworks.
  2. The problem that was addressed or solved. You don’t need evidence of positive outcomes or change, but there must be demonstrated assessment and learning as a result of applying the new approach.
  3. The unique approach or way of working developed by this grant-maker.
  4. The 3 things that make this a stand out nomination.

This award is for activity occurring in the last five years – this may include design, funding, outcomes and/or delivery of impact.

Nominees remain confidential and only finalists and successful recipients are announced.

To complete our nomination form, you will need to:

  • Address the selection criteria and give reasons why your nominee should be considered for this award (250 words).
  • Describe your nominee’s role in Australian philanthropy (300 words).
  • Give evidence of tangible delivery outcomes and impact (300 words).
  • Upload at least 2 photos (maximum 5), including a headshot, that can be used for promotional purposes if your nominee is successful.
  • Estimate their amount of philanthropic investment – financial and non-financial.
  • Provide at least 3 letters of support (maximum 5) from referees who can verify the nominee’s service, accomplishments and character.

Nominations for the Better Philanthropy Award:

  • open [Day Date Month Year]
  • close [Day Date Month Year] at 5pm.

Submissions are reviewed by the selection panel for announcement at the Australian Philanthropy Awards celebration. This event is held on [Day Date Month Year] at [Venue].

You will be notified of the outcome of your nomination. If successful, we will be in touch with exciting details before the awards event.

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If you have any questions or would like more information about this year’s Australian Philanthropy Awards, contact us at [email protected]


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