This award celebrates individuals and organisations that have deployed capital to support project(s)
or initiative(s) to achieve systems change.
There are three sub-categories in the Donors Award Category:
View Donors judging criteria for 2023.
1. Leader in Learning Finalists
Awardee: Instituto Humanitas 360, PDR Fundo Filantrópico, Brazil
Thank you for your diligence and service in public interest promotion for the benefit of society.
PDR Fundo Filantrópico promotes public interest causes for the benefit of society through the management of endowments and allocation of resources to supported institutions. It makes early stage investments in social businesses with great potential for positive impact on society.
Instituto Humanitas 360 has demonstrated a great commitment to addressing problems from a 360 perspective. Its appetite for risk is enormous and this is necessary for real systems change.
Instituto Phi, Brazil
Instituto Phi is a renowned philanthropic organisation committed to fostering social transformation in Brazil. With a deep-rooted belief in the power of collective action, Phi strives to create sustainable and positive change through strategic philanthropy and impact investing. Instituto Phi focuses on supporting initiatives that promote education, health, culture and entrepreneurship, with a special emphasis on empowering marginalised communities.
Phi’s approach goes beyond traditional grantmaking as they actively seek partnerships with social entrepreneurs, NGOs, high networth individuals and corporations, acting as a bridge to leverage resources and expertise for maximum impact.
The Philanthropic Initiative, USA
TPI is an ecosystem builder that actively promotes more effective ways for philanthropists to support systems change and build greater trust. The organisation helps funders increase their impact to accelerate change and address social and environmental issues in just and lasting ways and works hard to support funders on their unique journeys to transform lives, communities and so much more.
Their clients include companies, foundations, families, individuals and funder collaboratives with ambitious philanthropic goals. Through consultation that is grounded in best practice and creative thinking, TPI helps funders of all types be innovative, proactive and strategic in their efforts to support sustained social impact.
2. Leader in Trust Finalists
Awardee: Tarsadia Foundation, India
We recognise and appreciate your efforts to enhance the lives of those connected to your work.
They are committed to trust-based, collaborative philanthropy and letting their partners guide the work. TF operates under four impact pillars, Inclusive Mobility, Crises & Threats, Human Transformation and India Upliftment.
Social Tech Trust, UK
Social Tech Trust’s purpose is to transform lives with tech by ensuring that equality, inclusion and empowerment drive tech, so that when our lives are transformed by tech, they are transformed for the better.
It believes that equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is critical for achieving a world where social transformation drives tech. Its approach to EDI spans three core areas,
- Growing a portfolio of ventures whose primary purpose is to advance equality,
- Providing investment and support to meet the needs of diverse founders and ventures, and
- Working with others to improve our practice.
Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation, Nigeria
Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation is a grantmaking non-profit established in 2016 to support local, national and regional non-profit organisations working to address challenges and associated vulnerabilities across the African Continent.
It provides funding to social sector organisations focusing on health, entrepreneurship, environment and leadership. Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation is a grantmaking non-profit organisation.
3. Leader in Partnership Finalists
Awardee: Asfari Foundation, UK
Thank you for your continued contribution by partnering to create a more equitable world.
In partnership with its collaborators, the Foundation is unwavering in its commitment to achieving its ultimate goal, creating a more equitable world where every person has the chance to improve their lives, invest in their communities and help shape the future of their nations.
Childrens Helpers Worldwide, UK
Children’s Helpers Worldwide (CHW) is a small London-based organisation that aims to create a network for people around the world who want to help give children a better start to life.
They collaborate with the staff of local organisations, and have formed partnerships with people running projects in Argentina, China, Ghana, Romania and South Africa. The local projects are very varied – schools, orphanages, hospitals, medical projects, sports programmes and more.
Segal Family Foundation, USA
The Segal Family Foundation (SFF) believes in a world where development is steered by grassroots leaders and power is shifted into the hands of communities. It supports community-based organisations that have the localised knowledge needed to create sustainable change in their communities.
Over the years SFF has built a team based in the U.S. and Africa that supports over 250 social partners across sub-Saharan Africa.
Mulago Foundation, USA
Mulago finds and funds high-performance organisations that fight poverty and tackle the basic needs of under-resourced communities. They find the organisations that are best able to create change and give them what they need to do it.
The Foundation finds remarkable leaders with promising solutions and helps them to design for impact and deliver at scale through two fellowship programmes.
4. Overall Best Donor
Awardee: Segal Family Foundation, USA
We honour your support to community-based organisations to create sustainable change.
The Segal Family Foundation believes in a world where development is steered by grassroots leaders and power is shifted into the hands of communities. It supports community-based organisations with the localised knowledge needed to create sustainable change in their communities.
Over the years, SFF has built a team based in the U.S. and Africa that supports over 250 social partners across sub-Saharan Africa.
English Family Foundation, Australia
The English Family Foundation seeks to support social entrepreneurs driving high-impact initiatives in Australia and the South East Asia region. Its particular focus is on supporting the underlying ecosystem to enable social entrepreneurs to thrive.
The Foundation focuses on strong leaders and believes that now more than ever a thriving social enterprise sector will be an important market-based driver of a new economy that is more just, inclusive and sustainable.