Environmental Philanthropy Award

The Environmental Philanthropy Award is for current achievements from funding 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.


Nominations will be assessed on the below criteria:  

  1. Improves the conservation and functioning of Australia’s environment
  2. Demonstrates a significant and immediate impact
  3. Demonstrates that it aligns with one or more of the following: 
    1. Uses communication tools to either bring new and different voices or influence broad public sentiment about environmental protection and action;
    2. Exemplifies effective advocacy that influences key decision-makers and/or changes public policy by using a range of tools including education, research, lobbying and litigation;
    3. Supports collaboration and coordination rather than competition or supports hidden backbone activities; and/or
    4. Takes solutions up to scale. 
  4. Specify the three things that make this a knockout nomination.

This Award is for activity occurring in the last five years (2015-2019) – this may include design, funding, outcomes and/or impact.


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.

The Environmental Philanthropy Award is presented in partnership with the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network.

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