Australian Philanthropy Awards

2018 International Philanthropy Award

The International Philanthropy Award honours significant achievements in Australian international philanthropy for grants or impact investment(s) allocated outside of Australia. Through this Award we seek to grow international giving by Australians, and to connect to a community that is interested in using the power of social business and impact investing to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. As with our other Awards, the timeframe for the International Philanthropy Award recognises and celebrates best practice philanthropy across the past five years (for work occurring during the years 2013 – 2017).

Every day, Australian philanthropic organisations stand at the forefront of innovation, exploring creative ways to advance the common good and find solutions for complex issues that challenge society. In that spirit, the awards program recognises philanthropic excellence amongst Australian organisations and honours their exemplary leadership.

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 2018 Australian Philanthropy Awards through this nomination, and stay tuned for further information about the event in the coming weeks.


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

Current staff and Council of Philanthropy Australia and members of the Selection Panel are not eligible for nomination.

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


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

For Australian organisations with international grants/impact investments over the amount of $50,000 that:

  • Demonstrate a catalytic use of philanthropic funds to advance sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction

  • Focus on international community impact in the Indo-Pacific region

  • Demonstrate an innovative partnership approach in the design and delivery of the international grant/impact investment

  • Demonstrate collaboration with philanthropists, and not-for-profits, business, international community and government

  • Have evidence of significant outcomes and impact that contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Demonstrate innovation and risk, breakthrough thinking and a future focus

  • Demonstrate leadership in progressing and growing Australia’s philanthropic funding internationally, and

  • Promote commitment to promoting a stable and prosperous regional and global environment through advocacy, strategic giving and best practice grant making or donating.

Selection process

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

Award Partner

Many thanks to the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), our International Philanthropy Award Partner.

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