Australian Philanthropy Awards 2018

Celebrating the Positive Impact of Philanthropy

Last night the iconic Sydney Opera House played host to the 4th annual Australian Philanthropy Awards, with Andrew and Nicola Forrest receiving the prestigious Leading Philanthropist Award, alongside progressive sector-leading recipients in six other categories.

During an inspiring evening, this remarkable selection of philanthropists and their not-for-profit partners were recognised in front of 200 members of Australia’s proud philanthropic and social change community. Together this group represents the innovative work being done to drive more and better philanthropy - in our nation and beyond.

Without the support and expertise of our partners the Awards would not be possible, so a special thank you to the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN), our Environmental Philanthropy Award Partner; the Australian Women Donors Network (AWDN), our Gender-wise Philanthropy Award Presenting Partner and Netwealth for sponsoring the Award; Ninti One, our Indigenous Philanthropy Award Partner; the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), our International Philanthropy Award Partner, and the Sydney Opera House, our Event Partner.

Official Press Release | 2018 Awards Booklet

Award Recipients

Leading Philanthropist Award

Andrew and Nicola Forrest

Best Large Grant Award

The Tom Snow and Brooke Horne Family Trust and the Equality
Campaign for the Marriage Equality Campaign

Best Small Grant Award

The Snow Foundation and Women’s Centre for Health Matters for the
Assistance Beyond Crisis Credit Loans Initiative

Environmental Philanthropy Award

The Purves Environmental Fund (PEF) and 27 AEGN members for the Purves
Tree-Clearing Challenge

Gender-wise Philanthropy Award

The WeirAnderson Foundation and International Women’s Development
Agency (IWDA) for the IWDA Communications Strategy and Women-led
fund in the Solomon Islands

Indigenous Philanthropy Award

Australian Communities Foundation and Woor-Dungin for the Criminal Record
Discrimination Project (CRDP)

International Philanthropy Award

Wheelton Philanthropy and Bali Children Foundation


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