Australian Philanthropy Awards 2021

Where: Online

When: Tue 16th Nov 2021, 15:00 – 17:00 (2 hours)

Presented by: Philanthropy Australia

The best of Australian philanthropy will be celebrated at this year's Australian Philanthropy Awards. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday 16 November 2021.

The 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. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday 16 November 2021.

Philanthropy has a duty to act and, more importantly, lead. In these uncertain times, it is important to recognise and celebrate best practice philanthropy and create a sense of hope – as philanthropy will play a critical role in how we respond and build back better during this significant period.

The relationship between philanthropy and community is an important one, now more than ever, and the Australian Philanthropy Awards highlight this by celebrating positive change and impact achieved through philanthropic partnership and support.

The 2021 Australian Philanthropy Awards celebrate philanthropic work that has occurred prior to 31 December 2020. 

Nominations across nine award categories are now closed

Philanthropy Australia Awards: 

  • Leading Philanthropist – Australian philanthropy’s highest honour awarded to an individual
  • Better Philanthropy Award
  • Bolder Philanthropy Award
  • Best Grant Program Award

Cause-related awards:  

  • Community Philanthropy Award
  • Environmental Philanthropy Award  
  • Indigenous Philanthropy Award
  • International Philanthropy Award
  • The Eve Mahlab Gender-wise Philanthropy Award

Selection process

Nominations will be reviewed by the selection panel in August for announcement at the Australian Philanthropy Awards ceremony which will be held on Tuesday 16 November 2021.

All nominations and nominees will remain confidential and only recipients will be announced at the ceremony. Please note that all decisions made by the Australian Philanthropy Awards Selection Panel are final. Due to the high volume of nominations received, Philanthropy Australia is unable to share specific feedback. In the instance that your nomination is selected for an Award, the listed contacts for each organisation will be requested to work closely with Philanthropy Australia in the lead up to the ceremony.

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