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Leading Australian philanthropists honoured at industry awards

April 06th, 2017

Six of Australia’s most strategic funders were recognised for the impact of their giving at the 2017 Philanthropy Australia Awards in Melbourne on Wednesday 5 April 2017.

The Australian Philanthropy Awards – an initiative of Philanthropy Australia – celebrate innovative partnerships between grant-makers and not-for-profits, highlighting the significant achievements of projects that help solve complex societal issues.

Sarah Davies, CEO of Philanthropy Australia, said the Awards provided an important opportunity to recognise the unique accomplishments of those who are working to create lasting and positive change, both in Australia and abroad.

“Although Australian philanthropic organisations stand at the forefront of innovation, their important work is often done behind the scenes. The Awards showcase the many impressive examples of great leadership in philanthropic giving.”

“The Awards attracted a strong field across all categories, and our warm congratulations go to all the nominees, finalists and winners,” said Ms Davies

Selection criteria focused on visionary, high impact and transformative philanthropy, defined by commitment, courage, and entrepreneurship. 


  • 2017 Leading Philanthropist Award: Ian Darling (Sydney)
  • 2017 Best Large Grant of the Year Award: The Myer Foundation (Melbourne) for ClimateWorks Australia,
  • 2017 Best Small Grant of the Year Award (<$50,000pa): The Funding Network (Sydney) for Manjeri, Uganda
  • 2017 Gender-wise Philanthropy Award: The Caledonia Foundation (Sydney) for Good Pitch’s The Hunting Ground Australia Project
  • 2017 Indigenous Philanthropy Award: Social Ventures Australia (Melbourne) for The Marnin Studio, Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre, Western Australia
  • 2017 Environmental Philanthropy Award: The Ian Potter Foundation (Melbourne) for the Reef Life Survey, Tasmania.

For more information about the 2017 Australian Philanthropy Awards including information about award winning projects, please visit

Award Partners

Ninti One
Indigenous Philanthropy Award Partner
Best Large Grant Award Sponsor
Best Small Grant Award Sponsor


Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network
Environmental Philanthropy Award Partner


FIIG Securities
Gender-wise Philanthropy Award Sponsor



Australian Women Donors Network
Gender-wise Philanthropy Award Presenting Partner




Financial Standard
Media Partner


Think HQ
Communications Partner




Venue Host




Media contact:

Jenna Waite-Leonard;; 0477 173 491 

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