Philanthropy University alongside Alquity sought to identify and support excellent nonprofits and social entrepreneurs focused on UN Sustainable Development Goal 8: improving livelihoods, productive employment and decent work for all.

The Awards totaled $600,000 USD in funding, with up to $100,000 given to each local organization to invest in their future and the futures of those they serve.

Philanthropy University and Alquity jointly seek to recognize and promote locally-led sustainable social impact in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Winners will be announced at a global awards event in Summer 2019, following an extensive and participatory assessment and due diligence process.

Selection Process

Transforming Lives Awards focuses on locally-led organizations that are eligible according to their country of operation, sustainability and programmatic focus.

country clusters

Transforming Lives Awards identifies outstanding local organizations operating and serving the needs of communities in the following three regions.

  • China
  • India
  • Vietnam
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • South africa
South America
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Peru

award package

We will select up to nine Award 
winners across the three regions to receive:

  • NonProfit Prize $25,000 - $100,000 USD in flexible funding
  • ForProfit Prize $25,000 - $100,000 USD of debt or equity with flexible terms

process & timeline

Transforming Lives Awards piloted a state-of-the-art selection process that utilized Philanthropy University’s online learning platform and included a paticipapry peer-assessment stage.

By adapting the peer assessment tool that is part of Philanthropy University online training courses, we were able to introduce an innovative, technology-enabled participatory element to the pre-application stage. Candidates reviewed and scored between 3 and 5 anonymous longform statements from their peers before their submissions were accepted by the Philanthropy University system. By adopting a participatory mechanism, and using candidates expertise to assist with the scoring process, we were able to invite larger number of applicants to apply, and facilitate the meaningful inclusion of Global-South perspectives to the shortlisting process.


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Transforming Lives Awards is inspired by the Alquity shared values business model, which has generated over $1.7m in charitable donations, supported the growth of sustainable livelihood programming and transformed thousands of lives across Africa, Asia and Latin America.