The shortlist for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize was announced on Friday 1 March. Whittling a staggering 41 extremely impressive entries down to a list of 18 eligible candidates and just seven finalists (or eight, given that two were nominated jointly) was no easy task. And our panel of judges will certainly have a hard time selecting a final winner from these. This is where you can help.
Between now and the end of March, members of the public are invited to vote for their preferred candidate through an online vote. The outcome of this vote will be one factor in the judges’ decision, which will be announced on 15 April, Olga’s birthday.
The nominees for the 2013 prize are:
- Luis Gallo of Banca de Inversión Social, Colombia
- Anna Garchakova of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice
- Nguyen Tran Hoang Anh of the LIN Center, Vietnam
- Neera Nundy of Dasra, India
- Pushpa Aman Singh of GuideStar India
- Jane Weru and Kingsley Mucheke of the Akiba Mashinani Trust, Kenya
- Boris Tsyrulnikov of the Togliatti Community Foundation, Russia
This is a diverse group, both geographically (six countries across five continents) and in terms of the approaches to building philanthropy for social change that it represents. In India, Neera Nundy and Pushpa Aman Singh are involved with institutions that seek to build local philanthropy, as is Nguyen Tran Hoang Anh in Vietnam. In Belarus, Anna Garchakova’s work has involved building up a culture of philanthropy around the very difficult issue of children’s hospice and palliative care, while in Colombia Luis Gallo’s approach can best be described as a form of activist social investment. Finally, there are two examples of innovative community philanthropy: Boris Tsyrulnikov founded the first community foundation in Russia, while Jane Weru and Kingsley Mucheke’s work builds on a community assets approach in the context of Kenya’s slums. The diversity of the group makes the judges’ task, and yours, even more challenging.
You can find out more about the finalists in a special supplement accompanying the March 2013 edition of Alliance. The supplement, kindly sponsored by Charities Aid Foundation, gives a short profile and interview for each finalist.
Find out more about the prize here
And now, please vote for the winner of the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize