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Every second year, The Southern Highlands Foundation honours the significant service, efforts and contributions of those involved in philanthropy through several awards.

The Philanthropy Awards are a celebration of the outstanding contribution of time, leadership and financial support made by the many wonderful businesses, individuals, volunteers and community service organisations in the Southern Highlands.   They seek to acknowledge our “Unsung Heroes” and to encourage the notion of philanthropy among others in our community.

Recipients and nominees of these awards exemplify the true spirit of giving.  Thanks to their generosity, our community is a better place in which to live. For this, they are truly deserving of special recognition of their philanthropic efforts.

Why are the Awards important?  Without the kind of support that such people provide, numerous important community projects could not be realised.  Raising funds and obtaining volunteer effort is becoming increasingly difficult in this day and age.  True community spirit is preserved through the involvement of individuals and groups, such as those commended at this event.  Without them, the utilitarian spirit of Australia would not be preserved and the needs of our community could not be realised.

A panel of four community leaders judge the nominees based on the extent of the service provided to the community, the impact on the community and the commitment the individual or business has shown to the community over time.  Judges also took into consideration the size of the business relative to their corporate giving.

The award categories in 2009 were:

  • Philanthropic Volunteer
  • Philanthropic Small Business
  • Corporate Philanthropist
  • Philanthropic Family
  • Philanthropic Community Organisation
  • Philanthropic School
  • Youth Philanthropist
  • Philanthropist of the Year