Philanthropist of the Year Awards 2012 - Open for Nominations

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has recently launched the call for nominations for the 2012 Philanthropist of the Year Awards. Categories for nominations include: National, International and Corporate Philanthropist of the Year.

"Recognising corporate philanthropy for the first time will assist in setting a standard or target for companies to achieve in terms of their philanthropic giving."

The awards run by The Community Foundation for Ireland are now in their fifth year and this will be the first time an award will be bestowed within the corporate sector.

A recent report into philanthropy in Ireland by the Forum on Philanthropy and Fundraising has called for the corporate sector to get more heavily involved in philanthropy. The aim is to increase giving by 60% by 2016. The introduction of a corporate giving category to the Philanthropist of Year Awards hopes to encourage companies to demonstrate their extent of giving and encourage other companies to follow suit.

“The awards aim to publicly recognise people and also, for the first time, companies whose giving has made an outstanding and lasting contribution in their communities and to society. Recognising corporate philanthropy for the first time will assist in setting a standard or target for companies to achieve in terms of their philanthropic giving. In difficult times philanthropy becomes more important than ever and so too does government support to encourage more companies and individuals to engage in giving.” said Tina Roche, CEO of The Community Foundation for Ireland at the launch.

Also present at the recent launch was Sonya Lennon who has been a recipient of philanthropic funding from The Community Foundation for her organisation Dress for Success which works to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women.

Nominations are invited from the general public – including community and voluntary organisations, charities, welfare groups, arts and sports bodies, churches and foundations that work in partnership with philanthropists and have knowledge of the value and impact of the contribution and benefit that a donor has made. The closing date for nominations is 31 August, 2012.

Nominations forms are available here. The awards ceremony will take place in December 2012 and will be held in Number 10 Ormond Quay.

The Community Foundation for Ireland is a not for profit organisation that administers philanthropic funds and distributes grants on behalf of philanthropists. It also issues grants totalling over €1 million euro annually to community groups and projects from its own endowment fund worth €27 million.

http://www.communityfoundation.ie