2019 Philanthropy Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Australian Philanthropy Awards?

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.

Now in its fifth year, the Awards program comprises seven categories.

What are the award categories?

Core awards:

  • Leading Philanthropist – Australian philanthropy’s highest honour awarded to an individual
  • Best Large Grant Award – for grants over AUD 50,000
  • Best Small Grant Award – for grants up to AUD 50,000

Cause-related awards:

  • Environmental Philanthropy Award
  • Gender-wise Philanthropy Award
  • Indigenous Philanthropy Award
  • International Philanthropy Award

The Leading Philanthropist award is Australian philanthropy’s highest honour and it is awarded to an individual philanthropist whose work is visionary, high impact and transformative.

The other six awards are for the professional practice of philanthropy and focus on grant making – these awards are presented to both the ‘giving’ organisation and the ‘doing’ organisation. 

Am I able to submit a nomination?

Yes! 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.

Please download the relevant nomination form to see selection criteria and make a nomination.

What is the deadline to submit a nomination?

The nomination period for the Australian Philanthropy Awards 2019 closes at 5.00pm (AEST) on Friday 24 May.  Please ensure that you plan and allow ample time to complete your nomination and provide any additional materials that may be required by this time.

How does the nomination process work?

Nominations will be reviewed by the selection panel in mid-June for announcement at the Australian Philanthropy Awards celebration on Monday 22 July 2019 at the Art Gallery NSW. 

The selection panel will review all nominations in mid-June, and nominators will be notified of the outcome of their nomination(s) shortly after this. 

All nominations and nominees’ names will remain confidential and only recipients’ names will be announced.  Please note that all decisions made by the Australian Philanthropy Awards selection panel are final.

Please email awards@philanthropy.org.au if you have any additional questions in relation to the Australian Philanthropy Awards 2019.

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