Nominations are now open for Queensland Community Foundation’s (QCF) 2019 Philanthropist of the Year Awards, which recognise Queensland’s most generous individuals and businesses.

The awards celebrate community philanthropy by acknowledging those who have made an outstanding contribution to a charity or community service through donating time, generating funds and inspiring philanthropic generosity in others. Encouraging the pursuit of giving, the awards are QCF’s flagship event during Philanthropy Week, which runs from Friday 7 June to Friday 14 June 2019.

QCF Chair Margaret McMurdo AC said QCF’s Philanthropy Week is a chance to acknowledge outstanding individuals and organisations that assist community, charity and voluntary groups in Queensland. “We are encouraging people to appreciate the best of human nature through Philanthropy Week — whether it is nominating someone for a Philanthropist of the Year Award, recognising them at a community event, or just saying thank you,” Ms McMurdo said. “Anyone can nominate a person or business for an award. It might be a friend, relative, neighbour, a volunteer at a local community group, or a business owner who often donates goods. The criteria for each award focuses on philanthropy of outstanding generosity – effective and impactful – exemplifying qualities such as commitment, inspiration and leadership.”

This year, Queensland philanthropists will be judged on their track record of charitable giving, the positive impact they have made and their commitment to encouraging others to become philanthropic.

Nominations are open in five categories, including QCF Community Philanthropist of the Year (sponsored by The Wagner Family/Wellcamp Airport Toowoomba), QCF Corporate Philanthropist of the Year (sponsored by The Public Trustee), QCF SME Philanthropist of the Year, QCF Emerging Philanthropist of the Year (sponsored by QIC), and QCF Higher Education Philanthropist of the Year (sponsored by QUT).

Recipients of the Emerging, Community and Higher Education Philanthropist of the Year Awards will have the privilege of allocating a $2000 sponsored donation to their charity of choice. The Corporate and SME Philanthropist of the Year award recipients will be acknowledged in QCF’s annual report, newsletter, media releases and at public presentations.

Nominations are open online, and close at 5pm on Tuesday 19 March. Winners will be announced at the QCF Philanthropist of the Year Awards Luncheon on Friday 14 June.

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