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 night.

An initiative of Philanthropy Australia, the Awards celebrate innovative partnerships between grant-makers and nonprofits, highlighting the significant achievements of projects that help solve complex societal issues.

Sarah Davis, CEO of Philanthropy Australia, said the Awards provided an important opportunity to recognise the accomplishments of those 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.”

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

The winners of the 2017 Australian Philanthropy Awards are:


2017 Leading Philanthropist Award

Ian Darling


2017 Best Large Grant of the Year Award

The Myer Foundation for ClimateWorks Australia


2017 Best Small Grant of the Year Award (<$50,000pa)

The Funding Network for Manjeri, Uganda


2017 Gender-wise Philanthropy Award

The Caledonia Foundation for Good Pitch’s The Hunting Ground Australia Project


2017 Indigenous Philanthropy Award

Social Ventures Australia for The Marnin Studio, Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre, Western Australia


2017 Environmental Philanthropy Award

The Ian Potter Foundation for the Reef Life Survey, Tasmania.


For more details about the 2017 Australian Philanthropy Awards including information about award winning projects, visit the website.



Philanthropy Australia announces 2016 Philanthropy Award Winners