Eve Mahlab AO Gender-wise Philanthropy Award Recipient 2024

We were delighted to be among the philanthropic community at the Australian Philanthropy Awards at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Tuesday 16 April celebrating outstanding achievements in contemporary philanthropy.

As proud partners with Philanthropy Australia we were honoured to present the Eve Mahlab AO Gender-wise Philanthropy Award to recognise and celebrate achievements in philanthropy that advance gender equality to MECCA M-POWER.


L-R Julie Reilly OAM, Jill Reichstein OAM, Sarah Bailey, Susan Alberti AC, Professor Clare Hanlon

Jill Reichstein OAM, Co-founder of AIIW and Chair of the Selection Committee said: “As Co-founder of Australians Investing In Women alongside Eve Mahlab, I was delighted to chair the Selection Committee for the Gender-wise Philanthropy Award named in her honour. I thank fellow committee members Dr Victor Sojo of the University of Melbourne and Catherine Petterson from the Diversity Council of Australia for their valuable time and careful consideration.

“The exceptional quality of nominations posed a difficult challenge for us and, while I’m encouraged by the growth and strength of gender-wise giving, choosing the finalists and the ultimate 2024 recipient was extremely difficult. I urge everyone who wants to make a positive difference in the world – no matter what the issue – to learn about the extra impact a gender lens brings and to intentionally consider the impact on women and girls when giving. I know from experience that when you do, your investment will produce better outcomes for everyone.”

Lisa Keenan Executive Director, MECCA M-POWER said, “MECCA has always been about creating an environment in which women can thrive, so we are beyond thrilled to receive this award bearing the name of a woman, Eve Mahlab, who did so much to bring the needs of women to the forefront of philanthropy.

“M-POWER is MECCA’s movement for social change, embodying the spirit of positive progress on which the brand was founded, and putting women’s rights at the heart of MECCA’s business.

“More than anything, receiving this award is a fabulous opportunity to celebrate our extraordinary collective of more than 20 social change makers who are working to dismantle the systems and structures that hold women back, and make the world a more equal place.

“While we are just getting started and have so much more to do, it is really heartening to see the incredible momentum inside our business and the way our customers and communities are signing up to be part of the MECCA movement. Together, we really can make the world over.” Ms Keenan said.

The finalists for the 2024 Eve Mahlab AO Gender-wise Philanthropy Award were:

100 Women
A philanthropic giving circle which invests in and empowers women and girls. Founded in 2013 by Alicia Curtis and Megan Anderson in Western Australia, they quickly gathered a passionate group of volunteers to find its first 100 women to join as members and created a grant making program. After 10 years, 100 Women has grown its membership to 350 women and men across Australia. Together, they leverage their donations and expertise to provide grants to empower women and girls in areas such as education, health, economic opportunities, and safety. With over $1.2 million in member donations, 100 Women has funded 39 grants for sustainable initiatives, benefiting 37,100 women and girls both locally and globally.

M-POWER is MECCA’s social change initiative focused on advancing gender equality. MECCA supports a collective of 20+ NFPs working to educate girls, advance opportunities for women at work, improve women’s health and enhance the representation of women by elevating their voices and the issues that matter to them. MECCA offers multi-year untied funding, equality campaigns, a tech recruitment pipeline for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as a range of strategic supports including a skilled volunteering program and a leadership and capability development program for NFP CEOs. MECCA has pledged to invest $25 million through M-POWER over five years (2022-2027) in organisations and programs which address gender inequality, while simultaneously educating staff and customers on the benefits for everyone in a more gender equal world.

Susan Alberti AC – Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation
Susan Alberti AC, via the Susan Alberti Medical Foundation, drives research and leadership initiatives which are vital components of Victoria University’s women in sport program. Through strategic philanthropic support of women’s sports, she has sparked a national dialogue on gender stereotypes and opportunities for women in professional sports and leadership roles. She’s played a pivotal role in the establishment of AFLW and has funded research and pathways that have facilitated increased engagement in women’s sports. These efforts have significantly reshaped the narrative around gender equality in Australia, emphasising the importance of inclusivity and the strengths women bring to sport.

I would like to warmly thank every nominee and finalist for their important work and exemplary leadership in progressing gender equality through giving. We congratulate this year’s recipient MECCA M-POWER, for the scale, breadth and depth of their gender-wise giving and their additional commitment to educating their staff and customers alike on the need for action.

I extend my congratulations to all of the nominees, finalists and Award recipients. There really was a beautiful feeling in the room, and it was uplifting to witness the sector’s passion and commitment to positive social change, and to hear about the rich diversity of initiatives achieving real impact.

Modern philanthropy seeks to solve issues that are deeply complex and without a gender lens funders are unlikely to be seeing the full picture. If you would like our support in adopting a gender-wise approach to your giving, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We provide research, training and resources to support effective social and philanthropic investment in women that benefits everyone.

With sincere thanks and warm regards,

Julie Reilly OAM
Australians Investing In Women

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