The finalists for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize have been announced, one by one, on this blog over the last three weeks. The final shortlist is as follows:
- Dhaval Udani of GiveIndia
- He Daofeng of China Foundation Center and China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation
- Itır Erhart and I Renay Onur of Adım Adım (Step by Step), Turkey
- Larisa Avrorina of CAF Russia
- Lucia Dellagnello of ICom (Instituto Comunitario Grande Florianopolis), Brazil
- Natalya Kaminarskaya of Russian Donors Forum
- Rūta Dimanta of Foundation ‘Ziedot’ (‘Donate’), Latvia
The winner of this year’s prize will be announced at the WINGSForum to be held in Istanbul 26-29 March. I don’t envy our panel of judges their hard task of selecting a final winner from this group of outstanding finalists!
In the meantime, we’d love to know what you think. Between now and the end of February, members of the public are invited to vote for their preferred candidate through an online vote. The “readers’ winner” will be announced in the first week of March – and it will be interesting to see if the judges come to the same decision as you do.
This year’s shortlist is once again extremely diverse, both geographically – with finalists coming from Brazil, China, India, Latvia, Russia and Turkey – and in terms of the approaches to building philanthropy for social change that it represents.
Both Natalya Kaminarskaya in Russia and He Daofeng in China have done much to transform philanthropy into a more integral part of the life of their country, stressing the importance of transparency, accountability and information sharing.
Both Dhaval Udani in India and Rūta Dimanta in Latvia have developed hugely successful online giving platforms in countries where giving by individuals was until recently almost unknown, while Itır Erhart and I Renay Onur are promoting philanthropy in Turkey by raising money through sporting events.
While Lucia Dellagnelo is the founder of Brazil’s second community foundation, Larisa Avrorina has been supporting community foundation development in Russia for over a decade.
You can find out more about the finalists in a special supplement, kindly sponsored by Charities Aid Foundation, which gives a short profile and interview for each finalist.
Find out more about the prize here>