Corporate sponsorship of Impact 25 is now open

Article_five_pic.gifPro Bono Australia currently has sponsorship opportunities available for its Impact 25 program - the only national accolade of its kind, recognising the most influential people in the Australian social sector as voted by their peers.

Since its launch in 2014, Impact 25 has grown exponentially demonstrating the viability and necessity of the campaign.

Impact 25 was created to acknowledge the inspirational people within this sector. The social sector accounts for 4.3 per cent of Australia’s GDP and employs over one million people, including some of Australia’s best-known CEOs, politicians, advocates and innovators.

The members of Impact 25 advocate 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. The social sector sits within the global sector. The goal at Pro Bono Australia is to grow the social sector’s weight in proportion to broader society.

More than 350 people from a diverse range of professions were nominated in 2016 from the social sector, covering those people working for the common good. They can sit in not-for-profit organisations, corporations, government, social enterprises or simply be notable individuals.

The 2016 impact awards gained more than 18,500 votes from Pro Bono Australia’s unparalleled audience, and reached over 250,000 social sector leaders through utilisation of Pro Bono Australia’s unique networks.

The latest impact awards recognised names such as ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie, asylum seeker advocate Kon Karapanagiotidis and barrister, human rights and refugee advocate Julian Burnside AO QC.

The national manager of Westpac’s Davidson Institute and Social Sector segment, Lali Wiratunga, who was included in 2016’s top 25, said it was a privilege to be nominated. “It is a true privilege to be able to connect the social sector with the business sector and drive social change through innovation and entrepreneurship.”

“Being recognised for creating a positive impact in the social sector brings me a huge sense of gratitude – to the people in the social sector who roll up their sleeves every day and let me work alongside them to get the job done; and to our team at Westpac who seek to deliver positive social impact to all Australians,” Wiratunga said.

In 2016, Impact 25 recognised Afghan migrant and human rights activist Romal Baluchzada as the overall winner, joining anti-family violence campaigner Rosie Batty, Oxfam Australia Chief Executive Dr. Helen Szoke and World Vision CEO Tim Costello.

Opening in November, the 2017 impact awards promise to continue to grow to further recognise, support and reward Australia’s social sector leaders.

Corporate sponsorship of Impact 25 is now open. Email adrian@probonoaustralia.com.au for more information of how you can take advantage of this valuable opportunity.