The prize was established in memory of Olga Alexeeva, founder of Philanthropy Bridge Foundation, by former PFB trustees in honour of her memory and beliefs. The prize is awarded annually.
The prize of £5,000 will be awarded to an individual who has demonstrated remarkable leadership, creativity and results in developing philanthropy for progressive social change in an emerging market country or countries. The prize will be for the individual winner to use at their discretion.
This year, for the first time, Alliance will be organizing the prize in association with WINGS, CIVICUS and the Global Fund for Community Foundations. The aim of this collaboration is to broaden the reach of the prize. Working through their members and networks, we hope they will be able to help us to identify a more diverse group of candidates from a greater range of countries.
A shortlist of up to six finalists will be developed by the three founders of the prize:
- Maria Chertok of CAF Russia, a former PBF trustee
- Caroline Hartnell, editor of Alliance and former PBF chair
- Jenny Hodgson of the Global Fund for Community Foundations and a former PBF adviser
The final winner of the £5,000 prize will then be selected by a panel of judges, to be announced.
The winner will be invited to deliver a keynote speech at a global philanthropy conference in 2015 – watch this space for details. In addition, all shortlisted candidates will be invited to the conference as special guests, and profiled in a special supplement in the June 2015 issue of Alliance and on the Alliance website.
Click here for more information about the prize, including details of past winners.