Impact 25 was launched in 2014 in order to recognise the inspirational people in Australia's social sector that do amazing and often unrecognised work."
Karen Mahlab AM, Founder
IMPACT 25 WINNERS EMBODY
Impact 25 is an accolade that recognises the most influential people in the Australian social sector as voted by their peers.
In November 2018, Pro Bono Australia's audience of socially-minded individuals nominated 337 people. In January 2019, more than 32,000 votes were cast to determine the winners of Impact 25, 2018.
A panel of esteemed judges then awarded Judges' Choice Awards in four categories: Innovator, Influencer, Collaborator and Catalyst. See full list of winners here.
The members of Impact 25 spend their days advocating for the issues of the day, working with the disadvantaged and silenced groups, finding ways to improve efficiency, inspiring others and even leading the country.
Right: 2015 Impact 25 winner Rosie Batty
The social sector covers all those people working for the common good. They can sit in not-for-profit organisations, corporations, government, social enterprises or simply be notable individuals.
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 accounts for 4.3 per centof Australia’s GDP and employs over one million people.
Pro Bono Australia founder Karen Mahlab AM once again encourages the sector to celebrate Australia’s changemakers.
“These influencers provide the building blocks for a resilient community and sustainable change - and its champions should be celebrated.”
Left: 2015 Impact 25 winner Dr. Helen Szoke
The public nominated up to three individuals that they believed should be recognised for their positive impact.
In the 2018 awards, 337 individuals were nominated.
The public voted for up to three of the nominated individuals.
The 25 nominees with the most votes are crowned the Impact 25 award winners.
In the 2018 awards, more than 32,000 votes were received.
From the final 25 award winners, a panel of esteemed judges chose a winner for each of the following four categories: Innovator, Influencer, Collaborator and Catalyst.
The 2018 Judges' Choice Award winners receive a scholarship to attend the 2019 Harvard Club of Australia program, Leadership and Culture: DNA for an Age of Disruption, presented by Harvard Business School Professor Joshua Margolis, thanks to our partner Community Sector Banking.
MEET THE JUDGES
An esteemed judging panel awarded four Judges' Choice Awards to four of the 2018 Impact 25 winners.
Impact 25 is an initiative of Pro Bono Australia, in partnership with Community Sector Banking.
Pro Bono Australia is one of Australia’s first social businesses. Since 2000 we have provided media, jobs, education, skilled volunteering and other resources for the common good. In 2015, we helped over one million people across Australia.
Certified in 2013 as a B Corp organisation, today we act as the central online hub for the not for profit sector, the broader social economy and those wanting to engage with it.
The name Pro Bono comes from the Latin term Pro Bono Publico – meaning "for the public, or common good". The term has been used for many years by the legal and accounting professions to mean “for free” but, strictly speaking, pro bono means for good.
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