Australian Philanthropy Awards 2020

The Australian Philanthropy Awards recognise and celebrate extraordinary achievements in contemporary philanthropy for work that is visionary, high impact and transformative. They also celebrate partnerships between philanthropy and for-purpose organisations and honour those who are working to create lasting, positive change.

Philanthropy has a duty at this time to act and, more importantly, lead. In these very uncertain times, it’s important to recognise and celebrate best practice philanthropy and create a sense of hope – as philanthropy will play a critical role in the response to this unfolding public health emergency and the consequent economic and social implications, alongside the continual recovery from the devastation caused by the bushfires earlier this year.

The relationship between philanthropy and community is an important one, now more than ever, and we would like to highlight this by celebrating the positive community change that has been (and can be) achieved through philanthropic partnership and support.

See below to find out more about each of the nine Australian Philanthropy Awards.

Philanthropy Australia Awards:

Cause-related awards: 


The Australian Philanthropy Awards are open to all members of the Australian philanthropic and broader social change community – anyone can submit a nomination, and any organisations that work in partnership and align with the criteria are eligible to be nominated.

Organisations and projects that have previously been nominated for an award but not received it may be nominated again in 2020. 

Each nomination must contain details of at least one person from each organisation who consents to be contacted in relation to the nomination and is equipped to answer or provide information on relevant questions, should the need arise.   

You can nominate your own organisation i.e. the nominator can be the same as the nominee.

Philanthropy Australia board members, current staff and members of the Australian Philanthropy Awards selection panel are not eligible to submit a nomination OR themselves be nominated by a third party.  In the instance that a selection panellist’s organisation is nominated, they will remove themselves from the selection process for that category.


The nomination period for the Australian Philanthropy Awards 2020 closed at 5.00 pm (AEST) on Friday 28 August 2020.


Nominations will be reviewed by the selection panel in September for announcement at the Australian Philanthropy Awards celebration - which will be held online - on Tuesday 17 November 2020. 

Nominations and nominees will remain confidential. Only recipients will be announced.  Please note that all decisions made by the Australian Philanthropy Awards Selection Panel are final.

In the instance that your nomination is selected for an Award, the listed contacts for each organisation will be requested to work closely with Philanthropy Australia in the lead up to the celebration.

Recipients of this year’s Australian Philanthropy Awards will feature in the Philanthropy Australia National Conference 2021 program.  The conference program includes 20 breakout sessions and three of these sessions are place marked to share case studies of best-practice philanthropy, as demonstrated by this year’s Award recipients. Philanthropy Australia will work with recipients to develop content for these sessions.

If you have any questions or would like additional information about this year’s Australian Philanthropy Awards, please contact us at

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