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List of volunteer awards

This is a list of awards issued by organisations and governmental bodies honoring the contributions of charities, civil society organizations and communities.


  • The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards honor volunteers in New South Wales and were first presented in 2007.[2]
  • The Northern Territory Volunteer of the Year Awards honor volunteers in the Northern Territory and were first presented in 2011.[3]
  • The Queensland Young Volunteer Awards are Queensland-based awards recognizing contributions of volunteers from 12 to 25 years of age.[4]


  • The Governor General's Caring Canadian Award is awarded annually by the Governor General of Canada to Canadian individuals or groups who have given extraordinary help or care on a volunteer basis.[6]
  • The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards program consists of 17 awards in total, 2 at the national level and 15 at the regional level. Since 2010, the awards highlight best practices in community leadership and encourage partnerships across sectors. The goal of the awards is to inspire Canadians from all walks of life to find new ways of making a difference in their communities.[7]
  • The Flare Volunteer Award is sponsored by the Flare Magazine and is annually presented to six Canadian women aged 18 and older in order to honor outstanding volunteer achievements.[8]
  • The Canadian Business & Community Partnership Awards of the [9]

European Union

  • The European Employee Volunteering Awards, which are co-funded by the European Commission, recognize European companies that hand down skills to volunteers, thus preparing them for later fully paid work.[12]

Hong Kong, China

  • The Hong Kong Volunteer Award, which are awarded by the Agency for Volunteer Service in Hong Kong China, recognize outstanding individual volunteers and group volunteers in serving the community locally and worldwide. Since April 2009, all awardees were invited to join the Hong Kong Volunteer Awardees Society that was established to pool the strength and experience of the ‘Hong Kong Volunteer Award’ winners, to share ideas and experiences, for widespread of volunteerism to the community.[13]
  • The Volunteer Movement Award, which are awarded by the Social Welfare Department of the HKSAR government in Hong Kong China, recognize committed individual volunteers and group volunteers in serving the community. Each year, gold award, silver award and bronze award are awarded to committed individual or group to encourage volunteerism.[14]
  • The Caring Magic Scheme, which is launched by the Charity, Hong Kong Caring Magic Circus, and the scheme awarded its Caring Magic Partners and its nominated Caring Magic Ambassadors in recognizing their committed services in passing on love and care in the community.[15]


  • iVolunteer Awards is an annual award by iVolunteer, India to honor the contribution of volunteers and organisations who engage them. The Awards celebrate, reward and promote volunteering, with the aim of inspiring more people to volunteer and establishing benchmarks on volunteering practices across India .
  • Awards were given in two categories: Volunteer Hero category - for individuals, Leader in Volunteer Engagement - for organisations
  • C. Kartheeban, was awarded the title of ‘Volunteer Hero 2012’. He was awarded an all expenses paid trip to attend the 'Points of Light Conference' in Washington D.C. on Volunteering and Service, one of the world's largest conferences on volunteering. Make A Difference, a Bangalore based NGO, was awarded the title of ‘Leader in Volunteer Engagement 2012’ in recognition of their efforts to strategically involve volunteers for community development. They were presented with a cash prize of INR 1 Lakh.
  • The first ever ‘iVolunteer Awards’ was held in Mumbai on 8 April 2013 in association with ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. and Ms. Nandita Das, was Guest of Honor at the ceremony [16]


  • The annual Volunteer Ireland Awards aim to recognise and celebrate volunteers on a national stage. This all-Ireland awards campaign is held on International Volunteer Day each December 5 and is now it's sixth year. President of Ireland Michael Higgins is the patron of the Volunteer Ireland Awards. Members of the public are encouraged to nominate someone they know from September each year, choosing from one of ten categories, honoring the different facets of volunteering work.[17]

United Kingdom

  • The Flame of Hope Awards are Cancer Research UK's annual awards recognising the achievements of exceptional volunteers who have given their time to help beat cancer sooner.
  • vinspired are given by vInspired in recognition 10, 50 or 100 hours of volunteering with an organisation in England.
  • MV Awards are given by Volunteer Development Scotland to young people completing set numbers of hours of volunteering.
  • Millennium Volunteers awards are given in Wales to young people completing a set minimum number of hours of volunteering. The scheme is run by the national youth volunteering initiative, GwirVol, funded mainly by the Welsh Government.[18]
  • The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is a highly prestigious prize honoring volunteer groups.[19]
  • Volunteering England, a charity supporting volunteering, organises the Volunteering England’s Gold Awards, aims at students in further and higher education. Instances of the awards are given by academic institutions based on Volunteering England guidelines.
  • The Wales Volunteer of the Year Award is run by Wales Council for Voluntary Action and has awards in a variety of categories.[20]
  • [21]
  • The Macmillan Volunteer Award recognises volunteers who improve the lives of people affected by cancer.[22]
  • Manchester University launched a Community Service and Volunteer of the Year Awards scheme in 2010, recognising a student and a staff member addressing "disadvantaged groups or deprived communities".[23]
  • The Marsh Trust Award is given by the British Museum and "recognises best practice and the innovative ways in which volunteers work in museums and galleries to engage the public with collections."[24]
  • *Castlereagh Borough Council - Mayor's Awards for Volunteering, launched in 2012, recognising the important role that volunteering plays in sustaining and developing communities within the Borough. Awards are issued to recognise, Adult Volunteers, Young Volunteers, Creative Arts, Community Relations and Cultural Diversity, Good Citizenship and voluntary groups that support volunteer development.

United States

  • The Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence was established in 1993 by the [26]
  • Daily Point of Light Award
  • The Do Something Awards were set up by the [27]
  • The Gold Award of the [28] It was created by American writer T. A. Barron, as a memory of his mother.
  • HealthCare Volunteer annually recognizes a volunteer who provided outstanding medical, dental and surgical services to needy patients, and impoverished people worldwide.
  • The Jefferson Awards for Public Service honors community and public service in America. The awards are presented on two levels: national and local.
  • Kiwanis International♙ awards its World Service Medal annually to an individual or organization that significantly enhances the quality of life of a noteworthy number of people. The award includes a $10,000 honorarium.
  • The VolunteerMatch Corporate Volunteer Awards are given each year by [31]
  • Women of Worth, a charitable organization sponsored by L'Oréal dedicated to families in crisis annually honors women who are engaged in voluntary work.[32]


  • CNN Heroes are annual recognitions by CNN to honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions to help others.
  • UNV Online Volunteering Award, presented annually since 2002 to 10 online volunteers or teams of online volunteers for their contributions towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), through UNV's Online Volunteering Service.[34] A jury made up of UNV representatives and external experts in volunteerism and development cooperation reviews the nominations and select the 10 winners. In the run up to International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December, the global public can vote for their favourite winner. The volunteer or team that gets the most votes is announced as the public’s favourite on IVD.[35]


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  4. ^ "Get involved | Queensland Government". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  5. ^ "Australasian Association of Managers of Volunteers". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  6. ^ "The Governor General of Canada > Governor General's Awards". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  7. ^ "Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards - Prime Minister of Canada". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  8. ^ "Flare Volunteer Awards". 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  9. ^ "Awards Programs | Imagine Canada". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
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  25. ^ "Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence". Points of Light. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
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  27. ^ "Awards". Do Something. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  28. ^ "The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  29. ^ "The President's Volunteer Service Award". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  30. ^ "Spirit of Community Home Page". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
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  32. ^ "Women of Worth". Women of Worth. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  33. ^ "The Wofford Awards | YSA – Engage and Educate". Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
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  35. ^ Public's favourite Online Volunteering Award 2013
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