Call for nominations for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize


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Olga Alexeeva

Olga Alexeeva

The Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize of £5,000 was announced on 20 July, the first anniversary of Olga’s death. The prize 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.

Profiles of up to eight shortlisted finalists will be featured in a special supplement to accompany the March 2013 edition of Alliance magazine, which will focus on philanthropy in emerging markets. This supplement is being sponsored by Charities Aid Foundation as a tribute to Olga Alexeeva, who worked with them for many years.

The winner will be invited to deliver a keynote speech at the Emerging Markets Philanthropy Forum ‘Emerging Societies – Emerging Philanthropies’ which will take place in St Petersburg, Russia, on 1-2 July 2013. In addition, all shortlisted candidates will be invited to the forum as special guests.

The names of the six judges who will select the final winner of the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize have now been announced. They are:

  • Akwasi Aidoo, Executive Director, TrustAfrica, Senegal
  • Ana Valéria Araújo, Executive Director, Brazil Human Rights Fund, Brazil
  • Shenyu Belsky, Program Director, Southern China, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, China
  • Christopher Harris, independent consultant and former Philanthropy Bridge Foundation trustee, USA
  • Kavita Ramdas, Representative, Ford Foundation India
  • Larissa Zelkova, CEO, Potanin Foundation, Russia

These judges possess a rich knowledge of social change philanthropy – particularly in developing and emerging contexts. Their task will be to review a shortlist of nominations and to identify the first winner of the £5,000 prize.

A shortlist of up to eight finalists will be developed by the following on behalf of the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Fund: Maria Chertok, Director, CAF Russia and former PBF trustee; Caroline Hartnell, Editor, Alliance magazine and former PBF Chair; Jenny Hodgson, Executive Director, Global Fund for Community Foundations and former PBF adviser.

Members of the public will be invited to vote for their preferred candidate through an online vote and a final decision will be made by the panel of judges and announced in April 2013.

Now all we need is good nominations! The closing date for applications is 1 December 2012. DOWNLOAD THE NOMINATION FORM

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