Frequently Asked Questions


What are the Philanthropy NZ Awards?


The Philanthropy New Zealand Awards were established in 2017 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 continue to celebrate these achievements biennially at the Philanthropy Summit. 


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 and board members of Philanthropy New Zealand are not eligible for nomination.

If an Award committee member, or their organisation, has been nominated for an award, they will be asked to step down from the award committee.

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


How does the nomination process work?

The nomination 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 Friday, 8 March 2019 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 and April 2019 and select the finalists in each award category. The finalists of each category will be announced in April and the winner will be announced at the Direct Capital Cocktail Party on Thursday, 16 May 2019 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 Direct Capital cocktail party at the Philanthropy Summit 2019. Should a finalist be unable to attend the cocktail party they can send a representative to collect the award on their behalf.


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

For the AMP Capital People’s Choice Community Awards, 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 Direct Capital Cocktail Party. The voting details will be sent out and available on the website once finalists have been confirmed.