The Fred Hollows Foundation has joined Deloitte, NRMA, the CSIRO and NAB in winning a national award for leadership in business practices.

The Foundation has been honoured as The Australian Charity of the Year 2013 in the inaugural Australian Charity Awards, a new partner program of The Australian Business Awards.

CEO Brian Doolan says the award is recognition of The Foundation’s commitment to running an effective business where those people living in the greatest need ultimately benefit.  

“We are very proud to receive this business award because it reinforces that in everything we do, we strive to do it well. Like any organisation or business, we aim for excellence. Things like cost effectiveness, value for money and transparency are of the upmost importance to us,” he said.

“For The Fred Hollows Foundation, good business means our impact results in sight for the millions of people who suffer from avoidable blindness around the globe.  

“It’s been a bit over 20 years since we lost Fred, but his vision for a world without avoidable blindness is still very much alive today. I’d like to share this nod of recognition with every single Australian who has supported us over the years.
“Through The Foundation, Australians have taken on Fred’s fight and helped us restore sight to millions of people.”
The Australian Charity of the Year 2013 is the top honour of The Australian Charity Award for Outstanding Achievement.
“I also want to acknowledge the work of other non-profit organisations who received The Australian Charity Award for Outstanding Achievement, such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Organisations such as JDRF are solely committed to improving the lives of others.”
The Australian Charity Awards showcase the vital work of non-profit organisations and the measurable impact of their campaigns and initiatives.
Ms Tara Johnston, Program Director, says the work carried out by non-profit organisations is unique and vital in helping the disadvantaged and underprivileged engage with the entire community.
“Sitting alongside an impressive field of organisations working tirelessly for the community and creating opportunities for those in need, The Fred Hollows Foundation is a very worthy winner, having shown an unwavering commitment to its vital work.”
Recently the Swiss-based ‘Global Journal’ also listed the Fred Hollows Foundation as one of the top 50 NGOs in the world.