2021 IMPACT 25 AWARDS
Nominations have closed
Voting opens 28 January
We’re calling upon Australians to recognise those dedicated to
positive social change
Impact 25 winners spend their days advocating on the issues of the time, usually working over years and even decades to generate positive social change and support communities of interest.
These extraordinary people take action in their communities and influence the lives of those around them, sometimes without recognition or thanks.
The Impact 25 Awards were developed to create a platform to celebrate these people who embody the values of the social sector as Influencers, Collaborators and Innovators.
In this year of COVID never have those qualities been more important and these awards are an invitation to recognise them.
OUR WINNERS EMBODY
Every day, the team at Pro Bono News writes stories of inspiring individuals making significant impact in the social sector. From this, the desire grew to recognise the important work done in the community, that often goes unnoticed and unthanked.
The Impact 25 Awards were launched in 2014 to create a platform for those in the sector to celebrate their peers.
Since then, Impact 25 has grown into an esteemed accolade, recognising the most influential people in the Australian social sector, as voted by their peers.
On becoming an Impact 25 winner last year, Greg Mullins AO AFSM said:
"Being outspoken and advocating for change can be quite lonely, because sometimes you upset people in powerful positions who will work hard to maintain the status quo. Passionate change agents do what they do because they feel a duty, not to get accolades, but I have to say that it was humbling and reinforced my resolve when I was recognised in the 2019 Impact 25 awards. It made me realise that my message was in fact getting through.”
Left: 2019 Impact 25 winner Greg Mullins AO AFSM
former commissioner Fire & Rescue NSW and climate councillor, Climate Council
You can nominate up to two individuals that you believe should be recognised for their positive impact (including yourself)!
Please include a reason for each nominee as to why you think they deserve to be one of our Impact 25 (maximum 100 words).
Nominations close 9th December.
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED AND VOTING OPENS
Pro Bono Australia will create a shortlist of 150 nominees from all of the submitted nominations, which will then be released for a public vote. Every effort will be made to create a list that we believe accurately represents the spirit of the awards and the work being done in the sector.
You can then vote for up to three of the nominated individuals.
The 25 nominees with the most votes will be crowned the Impact 25 award winners.
In addition, the top 25 will be eligible to win one of three judge's choice awards.
A panel of esteemed judges will choose one winner for each of the following three categories: Innovation, Influence and Collaboration.
Judges will be announced soon!
The awards are open to all those engaging across the social economy: from charities and not for profits, philanthropists, social enterprises, impact investors and corporates looking to do good.
Some of Australia’s best-known CEOs, politicians, advocates and innovators, along with students and refugees, have been recognised in previous years for their influence on a sector that employs over one million people.
Pro Bono Australia is again calling on our sector to recognise those individuals who have worked tirelessly to create positive impact in a year full of turmoil.
Melissa Monteiro, who became an Impact 25 winner last year, said the experience meant a lot to her.
"It's almost like a badge that says you are externally recognised as having achieved something for your organisation and community nationally.
Besides visibility and recognition I now have support of family and friends who cheer for me and help me build a strong support base for my work."
Right: 2019 Impact 25 winner Melissa Monteiro
CEO, Community Migrant Resource Centre
Impact 25 is an initiative of Pro Bono Australia
Pro Bono Australia is one of Australia’s first social enterprises. Since 2000, we have shared news, careers and resources to help purpose-driven people and organisations grow their impact. Over one million people visit our website every year.
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The name Pro Bono comes from the Latin term Pro Bono Publico – meaning "for the public, or common good".
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