August 8, 2016

Media release: CSI CEO chairing National 2016 Workplace Giving Awards judging panel

It has been announced today that Dr Andrew Young, CEO at the Centre for Social Impact, will chair the National 2016 Workplace Giving Awards judging panel. Entries for the awards opened today as part of the One Million Donors campaign.

According to ATO Workplace Giving donations data for FY2015, each Workplace Giving employee donated $262 to charity direct from their pay. 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 Charit

Entries are open until 30 September at

“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).

“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,” he said.

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.

“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.”

Entries open until 30 September.

Key Dates

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

For more information and the full media release, visit

Watch: Workplace Giving in action at JB Hi-Fi 

Media contact:

Catherine Gibson 
0403 230 768


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