Workplace Giving Australia opens entries for its 2023 awards program

David Mann, Chief Executive Officer at Workplace Giving Australia
David Mann, Chief Executive Officer at Workplace Giving Australia

The Australian Workplace Giving Awards are open for entry from corporates, charities, and businesses, providing the opportunity to celebrate their employees’ impact on Australia’s top charities. Workplace Giving Australia is an organisation that helps Aussies donate to charities in their workplace and advocates corporates and government to support workplace giving.

What is the mission behind the awards?

Workplace giving enables much-needed support for causes while fostering a sense of purpose and unity within organisations. Recent research shows that workplace giving offers so many perks beyond good corporate citizenship and taxation benefits, with the analysis highlighting workforce expectations and talent retention advantages and 85% of the survey respondents revealing that it is personally important that a company has a workplace giving program.

The research also shows that if employers matched staff donations and these employees gave one extra dollar per week, charities could receive an additional $1 billion annually.

Entries for the awards are now open with submissions closing Thursday, August 31st. Finalists will be announced on October 6th, with the awards night celebration scheduled for October 31st, in the dual locations of Sydney and Melbourne. Winners from the 2022 Australian Workplace Giving awards have shared their advice for entering, including ANZ who tied for Gold (with Commonwealth Bank) in the Best Employer Grants Program category.

In 2022, $389,450 from ANZ was granted to 19 community organisations via the ANZ Community Foundation. Now in its 36th year, the much anticipated awards program has distributed more than $6.3 million to 920 community organisations across Australia.

What do the awards mean for Australian enterprises?

Workplace Giving Australia CEO David Mann said: “With 85% of employees reporting that they want to work for a firm that supports charities, there are obvious benefits to employers who are genuinely wanting to create great places to work, enabling and promoting workplace giving benefits to the workers, the business, charities and the wider community.”

“The awards provide insight into what ‘good looks like’ and offers inspiration to organisations (of all sizes) with how they can commence or improve their own giving related programs that ultimately supports the community” said ANZ’s Social Impact Manager Brianne Keogh.

When asked for her top advice Brianne Keogh noted that the organisation should consider what’s unique and special about the program and category that you are looking to enter and start thinking of your application early on. Don’t leave it to the last minute to decide.