Australian Philanthropy Awards

2018 Gender-wise Philanthropy Award

This Award, presented in partnership with the Australian Women Donors Network (AWDN), recognises current achievements from funding initiatives that advance gender equity as displayed through:

  • Direct investment in projects or organisations that support women and girls; or
  • The integration of a gender lens

The funder can be investing philanthropically in women and girls either locally or internationally.

One of the purposes of the Awards is to acknowledge recent outstanding work in philanthropy. As with our other Awards, the timeframe for the Gender-wise Philanthropy Award recognises and celebrates best practice philanthropy across the past five years (for work occurring during the years 2013 – 2017).

Nominations are now closed

The nominations closed on Friday 25 May at 5pm. 

The Australian Philanthropy Awards 2018 event will be held on Thursday 26 July at the iconic Sydney Opera House. All nominators will be notified of the outcome of their nomination, and if successful, we will be in touch with further exciting details prior to the Awards event.

Thank you for supporting the Australian Philanthropy Awards through this nomination, and stay tuned for further information about the event in the coming weeks.


Nominations are welcomed from Philanthropy Australia members and non-members, supporters and friends of our partner organisations. You may not nominate yourself, but you may nominate your organisation.

Nominees’ names will remain confidential and only successful recipients will be announced.

Any member of the Australian general public may be nominated, however current staff and Council of Philanthropy Australia and AWDN, and members of the Selection Panel are not eligible.


One of the purposes of the Awards is to acknowledge recent outstanding work in philanthropy. To that end, the timeframe has been set broadly for activity in the past five years (2013 – 2017), which may include design, funding and/or delivery of impact during that time period.

Selection criteria

An award for a funder whose philanthropic or social investment has:

  • specifically targeted women and girls, either directly or through gender lens considerations, in the past five years (calendar years 2013 to 2017)
  • demonstrated a commitment to advancing women and girls through leadership, impact, advocacy, example, strategic giving and/or best practice grant making or donating
  • been evaluated and the learnings publicised or shared to encourage other funders to apply a gender lens to funding decisions
  • demonstrated a genuine partnership approach in the design and delivery of the initiative

Selection process

Submissions will be reviewed by the Selection Panel in late May 2018 for announcement at the Australian Philanthropy Awards Celebration on Thursday 26th July 2018 at the Sydney Opera House.

Award Partner

Thank you to the Australian Women Donors Network, our Gender-wise Philanthropy Award Partner.


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