The Australian Philanthropy Awards recognise and celebrate extraordinary achievements in contemporary Australian 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.
Leading Philanthropist – Australian philanthropy’s highest honour and it is awarded to an individual philanthropist whose work is visionary, high impact and transformative.
Best Large Grant Award – recognises significant achievements in best practice grant making and it celebrates the delivery of a co-designed vision of change by the giver and the doer. This award is for grants over AUD $50,000.
This award is sponsored by Deakin University.
Best Small Grant Award – recognises that having impact and affecting social change does not always involve large amounts of funding. This award is for grants up to AUD $50,000.
Environmental Philanthropy Award – is for current achievements from funding initiatives invested in projects or organisations that specifically support the environment, or – where a project or organisation’s main focus is in another issue area – there is a significant co-benefit to the environment.
This award is presented in partnership with the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN).
Gender-wise Philanthropy Award – is for current achievements from funding initiatives that advance gender equity through direct investment in projects or organisations that support women and girls, or the integration of the gender lens. The funder can be investing in women and girls either locally or internationally.
This award is sponsored by Netwealth Investments Limited and presented in partnership with the Australian Women Donors Network (AWDN).
Indigenous Philanthropy Award – is for current achievements from funding initiatives that advance Indigenous communities, support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and promote reconciliation in Australia.
This award is presented in partnership with Ninti One.
International Philanthropy Award – is for current achievements in Australian international philanthropy. It is for grants allocated outside of Australia that help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Nominations are accepted from the following groups: Philanthropy Australia members; Philanthropy Australia partners and supporters; members of Philanthropy Australia partner organisations; partner organisations’ members and supporters; non-members, members of the public and individuals.
Please note that you may not nominate yourself, but you are able to nominate your own organisation.
Philanthropy Australia board members, current staff and members of the Australian Philanthropy Awards selection panel are not eligible to submit a nomination OR themselves (as individuals) be nominated by a third party. In the instance that a selection panellist’s organisation is nominated by someone other than themselves they will remove themselves from the selection process.
Organisations and projects that have previously been nominated for an award but not received it may be nominated again in 2019.
The Australian Philanthropy Awards recognise and celebrate extraordinary achievements in contemporary Australian philanthropy for work that is visionary, high impact and transformative. Grants and philanthropic gifts from non-Australian entities are not eligible for nomination.
Please download the relevant nomination form to see selection criteria and make a nomination.
Nominations close at 5.00pm AEST on Friday 24 May 2019. Please refer to the FAQs for more on eligibility and other important information.
|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