Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you launching the Philanthropy NZ Awards?

In this, its inaugural year, the Philanthropy New Zealand Awards have been established to recognise and celebrate people and projects within the Philanthropic sector and all they do to help make Aotearoa New Zealand a better, more generous place. We hope that following a successful launch in 2017, we can continue to celebrate these achievements annually.

What awards are offered?

Who is eligible to be nominated for an award?

Nominations are welcomed from Philanthropy New Zealand members only, however, nominees do not have to be members of Philanthropy New Zealand. Current staff, board members and the awards committee of Philanthropy New Zealand are not eligible for nomination.

For full details on nominee eligibility, please see the individual award categories.

How does the nomination process work?

The nomination can be found here and must be submitted via the online form. Any submissions that have been emailed directly to staff, board members of Philanthropy New Zealand and/or the awards committee will not be accepted.

Please note that the online nomination form is unable to be saved so we recommend you go over the form and complete your answers in a Word document.  Once complete, you can then copy and paste your answers into the relevant field before submitting.

Once your form is submitted, you will receive a confirmation message. If you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours following your submission, please email

To be eligible, nominations must be submitted by Monday, 24 March 2017 at 5.00pm (NZST).

How are the winners selected?

Each nomination will be reviewed by an awards committee comprised of philanthropic leaders and a nominated representative from our award sponsors.

The committee will review all nominations in March 2017 and select the finalists in each award category. The finalists of each category will be announced late March and the winner will be announced at the AMP Capital Cocktail Party on Thursday, 13 May 2017 at the Philanthropy NZ Summit in Wellington.

All nominees’ names will remain confidential and only successful finalists will be announced.

All finalists are requested to attend the AMP Capital cocktail party at the Philanthropy Summit 2017. Should a finalist be unable to attend the cocktail party they can have a representative collect the award on their behalf should they win the award for which they are nominated.

How about the process for the People’s Choice? How can we cast our votes? 

For the AMP Capital Peoples’ Choice for a Community Changemaker Award, once the awards committee has determined the finalists a voting platform will be set up for the public to cast their votes and select the winner. The vote tally will be kept anonymous so the winner can be announced at the AMP Capital Cocktail Party. The voting details will be sent out and available on the website once finalists have been confirmed.