Naomi Milgrom receives Philanthropy Leadership Award from Creative Partnerships Australia [Press Review]

Naomi Milgrom receives Philanthropy Leadership Award from Creative Partnerships Australia [Press Review]

Naomi Milgrom receives Philanthropy Leadership Award from Creative Partnerships Australia

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Naomi Milgrom receives Philanthropy Leadership Award from Creative Partnerships Australia

By Dylan Rainforth, 22 March 2016

Naomi Milgrom receives Philanthropy Leadership Award from Creative Partnerships Australia

Artist Tracey Moffatt, philanthropist Naomi Milgrom and curator Natalie King will represent Australia at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Photo: Timothy Burgess | IMAGEPLAY


Melbourne arts philanthropist and business leader Naomi Milgrom (AO) has been recognised with a Philanthropy Leadership Award. It is one of four new awards given in a Sydney ceremony by Creative Partnerships Australia, an organisation that encourages private sector support for the arts.

 

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Lisa’s Comment:

Naomi Milgrom AO has been recognised by her peers as an inspirational Australian philanthropist.  Milgrom’s Philanthropy Leadership Award, bestowed at the 2016 Creative Partnerships Awards on 22 March in Sydney, is well deserved and puts her alongside some of Australia’s best known and celebrated philanthropists who are supporting and shaping the arts in Australia.

Milgrom’s day job is CEO of the Sportsgirl/Sussan Group and founder of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and her net worth is estimated at $526 million, according to the 2015 BRW Rich 200 List. Milgrom’s current arts projects include the 2016 MPavilion (designed by Indian architect Bijoy Jain and open in Melbourne from October 2016 through February 2017), and the 2017 Venice Biennale, for which she is the Australian commissioner. It was Naomi Milgrom’s advice that was a key factor in husband John Kaldor’s decision to gift 260 works to the Art Gallery of NSW (valued at $35 million) in 2011.

Nominations for this year’s Philanthropy Leadership Award were put forward by previous winners, who include Betty Amsden AO, Patrick Corrigan AM, Tim Fairfax AC, Simon Mordant AM and Catriona Mordant, Philip Bacon AM and Robert Albert AO.  The winner was selected by the Creative Partnerships Australia Board.

Although Naomi Milgrom’s sister, the equally accomplished and well-regarded Carol Schwartz AM, is Creative Partnerships Australia’s Board Chair, this was no case of nepotism at work.

Naomi Milgrom’s record as a visionary philanthropist is an example to every Australian. One could argue that the 2016 Philanthropy Leadership Award was long overdue.

My final observation is that the statistics on giving quoted in the Creative Partnerships Awards media release cited research dated 2011 and 2008 – 2009. Perhaps Creative Partnerships will commission more up-to-date research to better inform those of us interested in arts philanthropy. Like Milgrom’s Sussan Group, you have to know what’s on trend to stay relevant and in business.

 

Quotes in Creative Partnerships Australia Press Release

“Private support for the arts has almost doubled in the past ten years, increasing by 98 per cent to $221 million.”  Source: Building Support: Report of the Review of Private Sector Support of the Arts in Australia, 2011

“Private support now accounts for 10 per cent of all arts funding in Australia” Source: Building Support: Report of the Review of Private Sector Support of the Arts in Australia, 2011

“with cultural and creative activity contributing $86 billion (6.9%) to the country’s GDP every year”  Source: Australian National Accounts: Cultural and Creative Activity Satellite Accounts, Experimental, 2008-09

 

Lisa Harris

Lisa Harris

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