Philanthropy Leadership Awards Launched
10 July 2014 at 10:31 am
Donor peak body Philanthropy Australia has launched a national awards program to honour outstanding philanthropic leaders for their significant achievements in the Australian philanthropic sector.
The inaugural awards are for the Philanthropy Leader of the Year and Emerging Philanthropy Leader of the Year.
Philanthropy Australia says the Not for Profit sector in Australia is large and diverse, taking in more than 600,000 organisations and with the current climate of government funding cuts to some of these organisations the necessity of philanthropy is becoming more pronounced.
“Every day, funders and grantmaking staff and trustees stand at the forefront of innovation, exploring creative ways to advance the common good and find solutions for complex issues that challenge society. In that spirit, the awards program recognises excellence in philanthropy and honours exemplary leaders for their dedication in raising the profile of the sector,” Philanthropy Australia CEO Louise Walsh.
“Australian philanthropy’s highest honour will be awarded to a philanthropic leader whose work is visionary, high impact and transformative, embodying the qualities that define philanthropic excellence including creativity and innovation, commitment, and courage.
“As well the Emerging Philanthropy Leader of the Year Award honours an Australian philanthropic leader who is new to the work of philanthropy in their first five years. An innovative, emerging philanthropic leader who has had significant early achievements and is making a critical difference as an emerging leader in the sector.
“Australians often forget to take a moment to applaud achievements. While our philanthropic sector may be small by international standards, it is growing rapidly. These awards are a moment of celebration of the vision and inspiration by individuals – be it a founder, trustee, CEO or staff member – who are shining the light for giving in Australia.”
To nominate a person for one of these two awards, they must be a current Member or Associate of Philanthropy Australia.
Nomination criteria will be considered by an honorary selection panel led by Philanthropy Australia Council member, Timothy Fairfax AC along with Sylvia Admans (RE Ross Trust) , Sean Barrett (Origin Foundation) and Emily Massy-Greene (New Generation of Giving Program).
Submissions will be reviewed by the Selection Panel in mid-August for announcement at the Philanthropy Australia 2014 National Conference Delegate Drinks in Melbourne on Tuesday, September 2.
Nominations can be made at http://www.philanthropy.org.au/awards-2014/