Indigenous Philanthropy Award

Recognising initiatives that support, strengthen and sustain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, community and culture.

Nomination Closed

This award is for funding initiatives that demonstrate direct support of indigenous-led or controlled and operated organisations.

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

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

The Australian Philanthropy Awards are open to all members of the Australian philanthropic and broader social change community. This award recognises both the ‘funding’ organisation and the ‘doing’ organisation. You can nominate your own organisation.

Nominations are assessed by the selection panel on the following criteria:

  1. Direct support of Indigenous-led or controlled and operated organisations to fund activities, programs and collaboration which support and empower communities, and which have demonstrated results and impact.
  2. The funder has adapted the way it works to adopt and promote practices which support, strengthen and sustain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, community and culture.
  3. Fosters and facilitates reconciliation between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  4. Specify the three things that make this a knockout nomination.

This Award is for activity occurring in the last five years – this may include design, funding, outcomes and/or 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 Indigenous 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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Past recipients

YearWinnerRelated article
2021CAGES Foundation & Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation
2020The Balnaves Foundation and Guardian Australia for working together to deliver independent investigative reporting into Indigenous affairs

So perhaps it’s entirely appropriate that Maari Ma means “coming together’’ or “working together.’’

Gemma Salteri CAGES Foundation Executive Director