Philanthropists are nominated by their peers and members of the communities in which they work and by the non-profit organisations that they support. Nominations are made for a particular category such as Women in Philanthropy, Youth in Philanthropy, Philanthropy in Health.
The awardees are chosen according to specific criteria. Judges from various sectors – all highly respected individuals in their own right – go through each nomination in detail.
“The Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards give South Africans the chance to thank those people who have and are making a difference,” says Gillian Mitchell, Manager of Inyathelo’s Philanthropy Programme. “We had a good response to the awards this year with nominations received from all over South Africa. Every one was inspirational and we applaud all for their hard work and commitment.”
Mitchell says it is clear from the work done by the philanthropists that they are clearly making a difference to their communities and to South Africa.
The awards form part of Inyathelo-The South African Institute for Advancement’s work which aims to build a sustainable South African civil society by developing their own capacity to raise private investment towards advancing their objectives. Whilst working with organisations to develop their resource mobilisation skills, the institute promotes social responsibility, personal philanthropy, voluntarism and self-reliance.
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