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The value of philanthropy recognised on Australia Day

January 29th, 2020

It is a testament to the value Australians attach to giving and contributing to the greater good, that each year we see a significant number of our Philanthropy Australia community recognised with an Australia Day honour.

Credit: The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

This year is no different. On behalf of the Board and staff of Philanthropy Australia, we acknowledge and congratulate them all and celebrate their fitting recognition.

Those recognised cover a range of philanthropic activities, from leading philanthropists using smart strategies and partnerships to effect positive change, to years of selfless volunteering, to social entrepreneurs establishing organisations that have added immeasurably to our social fabric, and to innovators who have problem-solved to create better lives for many Australians.

These honours reinforce the recent experience of the devastation caused by the catastrophic bushfires - philanthropy has a significant role to play in supporting, caring for and sustaining our communities as they rebuild. Australians show their deep generosity at these times but there are so many others who have been working, often for many years, to provide the leadership, energy, compassion and insight which drives positive social, cultural, environmental and community change and has led to their recognition in these honours.

We acknowledge Professor Margaret Gardner, who was recognised with an AC and those who were honoured with an AO: Jane Hansen, Graham Goldsmith, Julie Kantor, Jacquie McGill as well as the Australian Of The Year, Dr James Muecke. We are also delighted to acknowledge a few closer to home: former Philanthropy Australia Board Member, Allan English AM, CEO Sarah Davies AM, and Victorian and Tasmanian State Manager Patricia Burke, OAM. Our heartfelt and grateful congratulations to all our members who are recognised in the 2020 Australia Day honours’ list.

You can see the full list of award recipients here.

Philanthropy Australia co-chairs, Ann Johnson and Amanda Miller

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