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Third Sector Awards launches

Nominate yourself or a leader doing great things in the NFP sector.

Not-for-profit leaders now have the opportunity to be rewarded for the great work they do with the Third Sector Awards, showcasing the very best in the NFP sector and celebrating leadership for social purpose.

With eight award categories ranging from ‘CEO of the Year’ to ‘Emerging Leader of the Year’, each award will be judged based off the key values: Social Impact, Outcomes Measurement, Social Innovation, Collaboration and Leadership.

Running in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact and endorsed by the ACNC and the AICD, who will each have a senior representative official on the judging panel, the awards recognise NFP best practice from an unbiased and objective point of reference.

“The Third Sector awards are designed to acknowledge and celebrate the great achievements and impact the executives and emerging leaders of the NFP industry have on the community, society and the environment we live in,” said Ori Danieli, General Manager, Third Sector.

“We are proud to be partnering with the Centre for Social Impact, which is recognised for its leading research capabilities in this space. We believe this partnership gives the Awards the credibility and prestige we are looking for.”

Centre for Social Impact’s Education Director, Associate Professor Leanne Piggott said, “Social purpose is the common theme that unites everyone working in the third sector. It’s at the heart of everything we do. Every day, there are huge successes in the work that gets done: achievements with leadership from unexpected places, and small ideas that lead to big impact and improve the lives of many. With the Third Sector Awards, we can acknowledge that work, and importantly, acknowledge the individuals who are doing it”

“At the Centre for Social Impact, one of our focuses is on developing leadership for social purpose because we know that this is one of the most important keys to achieving social impact. We’re proud to be partnering with one of Australia’s most respected social sector publications to produce the Third Sector Awards, the first awards to honour the people who are achieving social change,” she said.

Nominations for the awards are open 13 June – 1 August, with the Awards taking place as a part of the Third Sector LIVE conference and expo.


 Nominations Open: Tuesday 13 June

Nominations Close: Tuesday 1 August

Cost: $50 per entry/nomination

Who Can Apply: To be eligible, you will need to meet the criteria for each category based on the values that we believe are central to creating social change: social impact, outcomes measurement, social innovation and collaboration.

You will also need to be available to attend the Awards ceremony in Melbourne on 7 September. Visit to find out more.

Finalist Announcement: Monday 14 August

Awards Ceremony:

Event Date: 7 September 2017

Location: Plaza Ballroom, 191 Collins St, Melbourne CBD
– David Locke, Assistant Commissioner, Charity Services, ACNC, Phil Butler, Not for Profit Sector Leader, Australian Institute of Company Director, Ori Danieli, General Manager, Third Sector, Chair – Leanne Piggott –  National Director, CSI.

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