2020 Workplace Giving Excellence Awards Open Today

13 July 2020

2020 Workplace Giving Excellence Awards Open Today

Judging panel announced

  • Program to celebrate generosity of working Australians during a challenging period
  • Industry leaders join the judging panel
  • All employers and charities involved in workplace giving invited to participate

The fifth annual Workplace Giving Excellence Awards open today.  The Awards are a highly regarded and anticipated annual event with last year’s winners including leading Australian organisations Australia Post, Deakin University, EnergyAustralia, JB Hi-Fi and King & Wood Mallesons (KWM).

2020 Awards Judging Panel:

The judging panel will be chaired again this year by:

  • Wendy Scaife: Associate Professor and Director, The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies and QUT Business School

Returning panel members include:

  • Judy Barraclough: Head of Strategy and Philanthropy, The Smith Family
  • Sarah Davies: CEO, Philanthropy Australia
  • Simon J. Robinson: Director, Corporate Citizenship Australia

New panel members in 2020 are:

  • Dan Creasey: Head of Pro Bono & Community Impact, KWM. KWM took out the overall winner award in 2019.  Dan will bring a keen insight into what an award-winning workplace giving and pro bono/volunteering program looks like.
  • Mark Pearce: Interim CEO, Volunteering Australia who will bring an experienced perspective from an organisation that has been at the forefront of crises-related activities for many years.

“Could there be a more important time for those Aussies in work to support others in their community – little by little, each pay packet?  COVID-19, the drought and the Bushfires underline just how vital caring staff and their companies are in providing needed, regular income to charities that do good against all odds.  The annual Workplace Giving Awards celebrate this special part of Australia’s pragmatic generosity”, said Wendy Scaife, the 2020 Judging Panel Chair.

Jenny Geddes, CEO, Workplace Giving Australia said, “it has been a disastrous year for so many in our community and I sincerely thank all the employers, team members and charities that have prioritised workplace giving across their organisations.  Through the Awards program, we look forward to celebrating your hard work and acknowledging the difference that your organisation’s workplace giving efforts have made to those in need.  I encourage everyone involved in workplace giving to take the time to enter this year’s Awards.

Essential Details

For more information or to enter the Awards, visit:


  • Applications open: 13 July
  • Applications close: 31 August (5pm AEST)
  • Finalists announced: 16 October
  • Presentation event: 25 November

Award categories

  • Best Overall Program
  • Best Launch or Refresh (by an employer)
  • Best Launch or Refresh (by a charity)
  • Best Pro-Bono / Workplace Volunteering
  • Best Public Sector Program
  • Best Innovation
  • Most Innovative Charity / Employer Partnership and
  • Best Employer Response to a Crisis

About the Awards

The Awards are part of the One Million Donors campaign to see a million working Australians donating to charity through work.  Spearheaded by Workplace Giving Australia and now in their fifth year, the Awards are supported by leading employers, charities and community organisations.

Media contact:

Rania Chamie, Workplace Giving Australia
Phone: 02 9024 8630