A First for Malta − The So­cial Im­pact Awards

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

For the first time in Malta, a So­cial Im­pact Awards will be held on 25 Oc­to­ber. The ini­tia­tive aims to bring the pri­vate and non-profit sec­tors to­gether to of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for fi­nan­cial and non-fi­nan­cial sup­port to de­velop and see to fruition a pro­ject that will have a pos­i­tive so­cial im­pact on Malta.

Af­ter an over­whelm­ing num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived back in July, seven have been shortlisted for the fi­nal event for the op­por­tu­nity to be awarded fi­nan­cial and non-fi­nan­cial sup­port. This in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tive aims to give more op­por­tu­ni­ties to so­cial pur­pose or­gan­i­sa­tions and their projects and to cre­ate a plat­form for new phil­an­thropic ideas. The awards will recog­nise non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als who sub­mit in­no­va­tive and so­cial projects that can solve some so­cial is­sues for Malta.

The seven fi­nal­ists who have been shortlisted have also re­ceived non-fi­nan­cial sup­port in the shape of men­tor­ing ser­vices by some of the movers and shakers within Malta’s busi­ness com­mu­nity in or­der to help de­velop the projects. These awards are the fruit of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Mal­tese busi­nesses and com­pany foun­da­tions which have raised €70,000 col­lec­tively to do­nate as grants to the best and most ef­fec­tive sub­mis­sions.

The projects cover a wide range of so­cial is­sues from walkin cen­tres for women in­volved in street-based pros­ti­tu­tion, to a pro­ject on sui­cide and self-harm pre­ven­tion to fight­ing obe­sity and in­ac­tive­ness within school chil­dren.

The awards’ cer­e­mony will take place on 25 Oc­to­ber at 5pm at the Hil­ton Ho­tel where all fi­nal­ists will present their pro­ject to a se­lected panel of judges and an au­di­ence of phi­lan­thropists, pro­fes­sion­als and cor­po­rate lead­ers who could po­ten­tially of­fer fur­ther sup­port, whether fi­nan­cial or non-fi­nan­cial. “With these awards we hope to in­spire peo­ple to give, give more and give smart,” said Mark Wein­gard, founder of In­spi­ra­sia Foun­da­tion. Any­one in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing these awards or even of­fer sup­port to a pro­ject can find the awards on Face­book or can send an email on: louisa@in­spi­ra­sia.org

“The pri­vate sec­tor could cre­ate more im­pact and so­cial change by men­tor­ing and cre­at­ing long-last­ing re­la­tion­ships with so­cial pur­pose or­gan­i­sa­tions in Malta. It takes more than money to cre­ate so­cial change. So­cial pur­pose or­gan­i­sa­tions need to be ef­fec­tive and an ef­fi­cient or­gan­i­sa­tion first, in or­der to gen­er­ate and scale so­cial change” – So­cial Im­pact Awards Phi­los­o­phy.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the awards and the fi­nal­ists phone on 9924 8141; email: louisa@in­spi­ra­sia.org, www.so­cialimpactawards.in­spi­ra­sia.org

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