It didn’t take long for our 2020 QCF Philanthropy Awards to agree up front on one thing for certain – this was certainly an incredibly difficult task to make a judgement on the record breaking number of nominations we received this year!  Not only did we receive more than double our usual number of nominations but the breadth of philanthropy and level of giving was astounding too.

“It was great to see how much people are willing to look after each other – I’m enthusiastic about what the future could hold.  I feel like we’re ‘up for it'”, smiled first time Philanthropy Awards judge Wesley Enoch.

Wesley is currently in lockdown in Sydney where he is the Director of the Sydney Festival but he admits he will always be a Queenslander at heart.  He joined our panel via Zoom and was surprised and quietly proud of the level of generosity Queenslanders demonstrated in such troubled times.

Wesley was joined online by another first time judge, Lynda Pollock, who is the Social Performance Manager for Anglo American Metallurgical Coal  and is based in the Bowen Basin.   Lynda said:

“The whole experience (of judging the awards) has been overwhelmingly awe-inspiring and humbling.  It’s given me a great sense of hope for the future.  Through these awards QCF can shine a spotlight on those whose efforts are unsung, who are not seeking the spotlight but who are doing the work that they are passionate about.  I have been inspired by their stories. ”

Allan English, a former recipient of the QCF 2012 Philanthropist of the Year Award and Director of the English Family Foundation, was able to join our other judges in person at QUT. Allan has sat on many boards and is currently on the Board of Philanthropy Australia and the School for Entrepreneurs so is eminently qualified to judge these awards.

We welcomed back Director of QUT’s  Australian Centre for Non Profit Studies Wendy Scaife as a returning judge to offer her experience and invaluable overview of the philanthropy sector.  The Acting Public Trustee for Queensland Samay Zhouand, who is also the Trustee ofhe Queensland Community Foundation,  rounded out our judging panel.  Samay summed up the panel’s finding concluding

“It is clear to me that we have a rich philanthropic landscape in Queensland, that gives us all hope of a brighter future, no matter what the challenge.”

Due to the pandemic QCF is not able to hold our annual gala lunch this year but Finalists and their nominators will be invited to a small function at Parliament House in early September hosted by The Honourable Curtis Pitt, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, when the winners will be announced.  Watch this space for news in the meantime!