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Jill Reichstein Award for Social Change

In celebration of Jill Reichstein’s contribution to social change philanthropy, in 2014 the Foundation established the Jill Reichstein Award for Social Change.

The Award is designed to recognise the work of a person in mid-career who is committed to social change, and who has achieved or has the potential to achieve enduring social change. The award is intended to support the recipient to be an even more effective agent for change, through a significant professional development opportunity.


An outstanding leader of the Australian environment movement has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 Jill Reichstein Award for Social Change, which supports a study tour to investigate innovation in the US not for profit sector. Mark Wakeham, CEO of Environment Victoria, is the award recipient in 2016.

Media release: MEDIA RELEASE 27 June 2016 – 2016 Jill Reichstein Award for Social Change Recipient Announced FINAL

Past recipients


In 2015 the Reichstein Foundation supported three of our outstanding social change partners to participate in the Australian Progress US Study Tour.  The 2015 field of applicants was exceedingly strong, and this year the Reichstein Foundation has been joined by the Water Dragon Foundation in offering this remarkable opportunity to:

  • Tamar Hopkins, Principal Solicitor at the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre. Tamar was a driving participant in the unprecedented Haile-Michael v Konstantinidis Federal Court racial profiling claim against Victoria Police.
  • Brendan Sydes, CEO of Environmental Justice Australia. Brendan’s work to transform the Environment Defenders Office Victoria and relaunch as Environmental Justice Australia has been very impressive; and
  • Tanya Hosch, Joint Campaign Director at Recognise. Tanya is a linchpin in the campaign to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.

Media Release: Media release – Timely US visit to combat police racial discrimination 15-05-08


The 2014 recipient was Jonathan La Nauze, Healthy Ecosystems Program Manager at the Australian Conservation Foundation. Jono received the award for his important role in a series of highly successful grassroots campaigns at Friends of the Earth from 2001-2012. Jono and the Barmah Millewa Collective worked very closely in partnership with the Yorta Yorta people and other first nations river communities along the Murray-Darling to build a strong and ultimately successful campaign to secure new red gum National Parks and Protected Areas in Victoria and NSW. Jono participated in a US Study Trip organised by the Centre for Australian Progress, visiting more than 30 innovative not for profit and advocacy organisations: “The study tour opened my eyes to a world of ideas and techniques for social change activism… I am sharing what I have learnt, and using it to catalyse ideas and action in my organisation, my movement and the donor community.”

Media Release: Jill Reichstein Award for Social Change – PRESS RELEASE 30 April 2014

Application process

The recipient is selected from a range of leaders and organisers in projects funded by the Reichstein Foundation in the previous five years. The Award will be offered again in 2016 and further details about the application process will be available on this website.