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
2017 Best Large Grant of the Year Award
2017 Best Small Grant of the Year Award (<$50,000pa)
2017 Gender-wise Philanthropy Award
2017 Indigenous Philanthropy Award
Social Ventures Australia for The Marnin Studio, Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre, Western Australia
2017 Environmental Philanthropy Award
For more details about the 2017 Australian Philanthropy Awards including information about award winning projects, visit the website.