• Program to celebrate Australian employee’s generosity
• Dr Andrew Young, CEO, Centre for Social Impact, to chair Awards judging
• Entries now open!

Australian workers are generous.  In FY2015 each Workplace Giving employee donated $262 to charity direct from their pay [1].  A new national Workplace Giving Excellence Awards event has been announced to celebrate and recognise this generosity.

There are categories for both established programs, as well as those new to Workplace Giving:

• Best Overall Program
• Best Program Launch or Refresh (small employers)
• Best Program Launch or Refresh (large employers)
• Best Public Sector Program
• Most Innovative Employer / Charity Partnership – to be nominated by the Charity

Entries are open until 30 September at www.1MDonors.org.au

“We are calling on all employers who offer Workplace Giving to enter the Awards and recognise the generosity of their teams.  The power of Workplace Giving lies in its collective impact and we encourage organisations with successful and new programs to enter the Awards,” said Jenny Geddes, CEO of The Australian Charities Fund (ACF).

New figures released by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) reveal that 162,500 Australians together donated $42.5 million to charity through Workplace Giving in FY2015. When employer donation matching is added it is anticipated the figure would exceed over $63 million [3].  ACF research shows that when employees donate through the workplace it is typically in addition to what they already give, so this figure represents new funding for the community[2].

The Awards judging panel will be chaired by Dr. Andrew Young, CEO of the Centre for Social Impact (CSI).

“I am delighted to be involved in the 2016 Workplace Giving Excellence Awards,” said Dr Young.

“Workplace Giving is a great way for working Australians to help create a stronger society by providing regular, reliable funding that charities so vitally need.  Workplace Giving is perhaps the most efficient and tax-effective way to donate, and enables charities to focus on what they do best - delivering services.

“I’m looking forward to learning how employers across Australia are harnessing the power of Workplace Giving to deliver great outcomes.”

The Awards are part of the One Million Donors campaign to see a million working Australians donating to charity through their pay by 2020.  Spearheaded by ACF and launched by The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP, in 2014, the campaign is now in its third year and supported by leading employers, charities and community organisations.

While Workplace Giving has obvious benefits for charities, it is also a useful tool for business.

“Many leading employers put Workplace Giving at the heart of their internal engagement programs, which has proven to have a great impact on their people and culture, and ultimately their business.  It’s a highly effective way to unify a workforce around a common goal and a powerful tool for bringing organisational values to life,” added Ms Geddes.

“We look forward to celebrating Workplace Giving success stories, and inspiring more employers and their staff to get involved in this wonderful form of giving.”

All employers with a Workplace Giving program are encouraged to enter the Awards. Entries open until 30 September at www.1MDonors.org.au

Key Dates
• Entries open: 1 August
• Entries close: 30 September (5pm AEST)
• Finalists announced: October
• Awards event: 16 November

For more information about the One Million Donors campaign visit www.1MDonors.org.au.

 

[1] ATO Workplace Giving donations data for FY2015.

[2] ACF Research 2013: Engagement – Recognising the Value of Workplace Giving.

[3] Calculated by applying ACF modelling to FY2015 ATO Workplace Giving data