Who will you nominate for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize?

The judges are lined up. The prize money is the bank. The Alliance supplement profiling the short-listed candidates is in the pipe-line for March 2013. And the award ceremony has been confirmed for July next year in St Petersburg, Russia at the first “Emerging Markets Philanthropy Forum, “Emerging Societies – Emerging Philanthropies”.

Nominations for the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize close on December 1st 2012 and we are looking for some inspiring examples of individuals who have demonstrated remarkable leadership, creativity and results in developing philanthropy for progressive social change in emerging market country or countries.

As this is the first time the prize is being awarded, we hope to cast the net far and wide both in terms of geographic spread and of different examples of creative philanthropy. So, whether it is an individual using their own philanthropic resources to do something different and innovative or whether it’s someone who is fostering philanthropic giving from multiple sources to address specific issues, we’d like to know!

Yes, the BRICSA countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are some of the more obvious places for us to be thinking of, but there are plenty of other countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, where the gap between the rich and poor is getting bigger by the day and where organized institutional philanthropy has begun to emerge as a potential new force for social good.

So send in your nominations and help connect and shine a light on the emerging field of global philanthropy in all its diverse shapes and forms!

Jenny Hodgson

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