Trawalla Foundation Co-Founder Carol Schwartz AO has been awarded Australia’s highest philanthropic honour, Leading Philanthropist, at the 2020 Australian Philanthropy Awards, in recognition of her lifelong contribution to the sector and her insights into giving, community, leadership and gender.
Schwartz was presented with the Leading Philanthropist award in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, and was praised for her work strengthening gender equality and promoting women in leadership roles.
Philanthropy Australia CEO Sarah Davies said Schwartz has made an incredible contribution through strategic, innovative and forward-thinking philanthropy.
“Carol has spent her life focused on strengthening gender equality, creativity, sustainability and social justice within Australian society,” said Davies, reported Pro-Bono Australia.
“(She) is courageous and entrepreneurial in her philanthropic approach and uses a range of levers for impact – grant making, partnerships, investments, networks, new initiatives and organisations, and skills and expertise via boards and mentoring.
“She fundamentally believes in the value of more female leaders, particularly in business, politics and the media. This is about optimising outcomes for Australia by ensuring that men and women together share power, leadership and decision making.”
In addition to her work with the Trawalla Foundation, Schwartz is Founding Chair of Women’s Leadership Institute Australia and Our Community. She also holds board roles at the Reserve Bank of Australia, Equity Trustees, Qualitas Property Partners and Skalata Ventures.
Schwartz told Pro Bono News that she was extremely proud of the foundation’s work founding the highly successful Pathways to Politics Program for Women with the University of Melbourne. The program has since expanded to the Queensland University of Technology, and talks are underway with UNSW.
Acknowledging the challenges of 2020, Davies highlighted the critical role that the organisation has played in supporting community throughout this difficult year, and the importance of strategic, best-practice philanthropy as we collectively recover and rebuild, Philanthropy Australia said in a press release.
“We started the year with the devastating bushfires, followed swiftly by the global health pandemic, and now we face social and economic challenges, volatility and vulnerability,” she said.
“Never has there been a more important time for Australian philanthropy. We have been so inspired and energised by the way our members have responded – generously, cleverly, nimbly, strategically.
“More than ever, we need creative, innovative and brave solutions that build on partnerships, technology, learned wisdom and most importantly, community experience and community voice.
“Philanthropy has a duty to act, and in these times, it has a duty to lead. Philanthropy comes from having a sense of ability and power to be part of thinking and designing the futures that we want. The extraordinary nine case studies recognised show the transformative power that good partnership, powerful community leadership and powerful philanthropy can achieve together.”
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Carol Schwartz AO
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- Bolder Philanthropy Award
Gandel Philanthropy and the Australian Foundation for Yad Vashem for the Gandel Holocaust Studies Program for Australian Educators
- Best Grant Program Award
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) for the Tackling Tough Times Together program
- Community Philanthropy Award
Give Where You Live Foundation and Geelong Community Foundation and Kids Thrive for the Geelong Kids as Catalyst program
- Environmental Philanthropy Award
The Pace Foundation (and six other funders) and Beyond Zero Emissions for the 10 Gigawatt Vision
- Gender-wise Philanthropy Award
Brian and Virginia McNamee Foundation and WIRE for the Purse Project
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The Balnaves Foundation and Guardian Australia for working together to deliver independent investigative reporting into Indigenous affairs
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Accenture Australia and Good Return for working together to build the financial capability of vulnerable people in Cambodia and Nepal
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