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Nominate Australia’s ‘Top 50 Gifts’


27 November 2012 at 9:49 am
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The search is on for the most significant Australian philanthropic gifts of all time - including grants, bequests and donations - as part of a project to inspire and promote philanthropy and champion success stories.

Staff Reporter | 27 November 2012 at 9:49 am


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Nominate Australia’s ‘Top 50 Gifts’
27 November 2012 at 9:49 am

The search is on for the most significant Australian philanthropic gifts of all time – including grants, bequests and donations – as part of a project to inspire and promote philanthropy and champion success stories.

Philanthropy Australia, The Sidney Myer Fund, The Myer Foundation, the Myer Family Company and Pro Bono Australia have joined together to help find the top philanthropic gifts in Australia.

The organisations have set up a working group to find the ‘Top 50 Gifts’.

“By ‘Top’ we mean the most significant. We don’t necessarily mean ‘biggest’– in fact a lot may have been achieved with comparatively small gifts. A gift may be significant because of its scale, size, creativity, innovation or impact,” working group spokesperson and Head of Philanthropic Services at the Myer Family Company, Peter Winneke, said.

“The Australian philanthropic sector, although relatively small in comparison to other countries such as the United States, has provided many influential moments in Australian society. Whether by literally changing the landscape of our community or influencing public policy, philanthropy is often the silent funder of extraordinary things,” Winneke said.

“However, the lack of publicly available information on philanthropy in Australia does little to promote its impact to the Australian public. As such, we are seeking nominations for the Top philanthropic gifts in Australia’s history.

“While we understand that philanthropic achievements take many forms, such as volunteering, for example, or the provision of other resources, we are seeking nominations relating to philanthropic funding only – grants, bequests and donations, both big and small.

“As someone who works in the philanthropic, Not for Profit, community, academic, business or government sectors, we want your nomination for the most significant philanthropic gifts of all time.”

HOW WILL IT WORK?

  • A list of the Top 50 Gifts will be compiled by the Top 50 Working Group from the nominations received (January -February 2013)
  • A public vote on the Top 50 Gifts will determine the Top 10 (February to March 2013)
  • The Top 10 (as well as the Top 50) will be disseminated through a media campaign (April to May 2013)


THE NOMINATION FORM TAKES ONLY 10 MINUTES TO COMPLETE. If you complete the form by 5pm on Friday December 14, 2012 you will go into the running to win a Christmas gift of $500 to the eligible charity of your choice.

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE NOMINATION FORM 



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One comment

  • Maria Maria says:

    This is a crazy idea. What we need to do is encourage more giving across the entire population. This is a competition designed by the ” great and good” for the “great and good” Hardly inspiring to those, like myself, who give regularly in fairly significant amounts to charities I feel are making a real difference, chipping steadily away at the hardships experienced by the disadvantaged. Nothng Sexy, just solid hard positive graft. This project REALLY ANNOYS me and switches me off

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