November 20th, 2019
Philanthropy Australia members, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Australia Post and Deakin University, all received Gold Awards at the 2019 Workplace Giving Excellence Awards in Sydney last month.
The Awards celebrate innovative, industry-leading workplace giving programs from Australian companies, and were presented at a ceremony attended by Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commissioner the Hon Gary Johns and leaders from across business, the for-purpose sector and philanthropy.
PwC received a gold award in the Best Pro Bono/Workplace Volunteering category for embedding social impact content into leadership, talent and learning portals to create a culture of doing good, resulting in 48% of PwC's 7,500+ staff members volunteering. The organisation's innovative work also includes the Constellation Project (TCP), a collaboration that brings together experienced individuals, NGOs, philanthropists and private sector organisations to drive systemic change and innovative solutions around homelessness.
The Best Public Sector Program gold went to government-owned Australia Post for the organisation's comprehensive funding approach to drought relief. By deploying a multi-faceted campaign - including workplace giving, grant funding, fundraising and the release of a Drought Relief Stamp pack - Aus Post was able to answer the call to provide financial and emotional relief to those living in drought-affected areas. Aus Post also received a second gold award on the night, alongside Rural Aid, for the Most Innovative Charity/Employer Partnership.
Deakin University was recognised for the Best Charity Launch or Refresh for their focus on providing young refugees and asylum seekers with a new avenue to education via their Sanctuary Scholarship Program (SSP). With 77% of new donors to Deakin's workplace giving supporting the SSP, the university was able to quadruple the scholarship intake.
Jenny Geddes, Workplace Giving Australia CEO, noted that the Workplace Giving Excellence Awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge the organisations that are enabling working Australians to efficiently and ethically support the less fortunate members of our community.
"I encourage every business leader in the country to consider implementing a workplace giving program. Employees embrace them, they build culture and they provide much-needed funding for charities - it's a win-win".
Philanthropy Australia CEO, Sarah Davies, has been on the Awards judging panel for four consecutive years, as a proponent of the crucial role workplace giving plays in Australia's broader giving landscape.
"Workplace giving not only provides significant funding to numerous areas of need, it also nurtures partnerships between for-profit and for-purpose organisations in a way that can produce unique and strategic large-scale giving programs", Davies said. "Plus it often allows individuals to start their philanthropic journey by engaging in structured giving for the very first time".
Funder: Brian and Virginia McNamee Foundation
For-purpose: Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE)
Award partner: Australian Women Donors Network
Funder: The Balnaves Foundation
Funding recipient: Guardian Australia
Award partner: Ninti One