“Could there be a more important time for those Aussies in work to support others in their community – little by little, each pay packet?

Workplace GivingThe sixth annual Workplace Giving Excellence Awards are now open and the 2021 Judging Panel has been announced.

Once again, chairing the judging panel is the illustrious Wendy Scaife, Associate Professor and Director at The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies and QUT Business School.

“Could there be a more important time for those Aussies in work to support others in their community – little by little, each pay packet?  COVID-19, the drought and the Bushfires underline just how vital caring staff and their companies are in providing needed, regular income to charities that do good against all odds.  The annual Workplace Giving Awards celebrate this special part of Australia’s pragmatic generosity”, said Wendy Scaife.

Joining her on the judging panel are returning judges Simon J. Robinson, Director, Corporate Citizenship Australia; Mark Pearce, CEO, Volunteering Australia; and Natalie Egleton: CEO of Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal

They will be joined by new judges Kathryn van der Merwe, Group Executive, Talent and Culture, ANZ; David Sloan, National Manager, Corporate Partnerships, The Smith Family; and Jack Heath, CEO, Philanthropy Australia.

Workplace giving has enormous potential but still has a long way to go to become a mainstream vehicle for giving. According to figures released last year, while 33% of working Australians have full access to a workplace giving program, only 5% actually participate in it.

Award categories for 2021 are:

  • Best Overall Program (SME up to 199 employees) – NEW
  • Best Overall Program (over 200 employees)
  • Best Launch or Refresh (by an employer)
  • Best Pro-Bono / Workplace Volunteering
  • Best Innovation – UPDATED
  • Most Innovative Charity / Employer Partnership
  • Best Workplace Giving Unsung Hero – NEW

Last year’s winners included Accenture, ANZ, JB Hi-Fi, Tomago Aluminium, The Smith Family and World Youth International with Computershare.

The Smith Family, JB-Hi Fi and Energy Australia recently shared some insight into their award-winning workplace giving programs, which you can check our here.

You can also ready an interesting piece on workplace giving circles here.

Applications are open from now until 30 August with finalists announced on 17 October and winners on 30 November.

For more information or to enter the Awards, visit: https://www.1mdonors.org.au/apply-for-an-award/

 

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