23 April 2024

Terry and Ginette Snow win national leadership award recognising philanthropy

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Ginette Snow and Georgina Byron at the Australian Philanthropy Awards 2024. Photo: Daniel Kukec Photography

Terry Snow and Ginette Snow, founders of the Snow Foundation (1991) and Snow Medical (2019), have been awarded the 2024 Leadership Award from Philanthropy Australia.

“We are humbled and honoured to receive the Leadership Award from Philanthropy Australia,” the pair told Region.

“We have always lived by the principle, ‘If you see someone struggling, you offer them a helping hand’, and what started as an idea to help our local Canberra community members 33 years ago by establishing The Snow Foundation has grown enormously to now supporting many communities, backing national social justice issues and social entrepreneurs with big agendas.

“More recently, we established the Snow Medical Foundation, influencing the next generation of health and medical innovation through Fellowships and the Snow Centre for Immune Health.”

The other finalists in the award category were Joseph Skrzynski, Mannifera and Tom Snow.

The Snow family’s dedication to philanthropy began formally 33 years ago when the Snow Foundation was established in the Canberra region, where the family’s roots run deep.

They now also give on a national scale, focussing their activities on social justice issues, backing social entrepreneurs and innovation, and more recently, breakthrough medical research.

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The Snow Foundation team, with Hands Across Canberra CEO Peter Gordon, at the Australian Philanthropy Awards 2024. Photo: Daniel Kukec Photography.

Together, the foundations have distributed $115 million to date ($86 million from the Snow Foundation and $29 million from Snow Medical). Most donations have been made in the last five years, and they have made future commitments of an additional $200 million.

Adam Ognall, acting CEO of Philanthropy Australia, commented on the outstanding award finalists and recipients.

“The 10 recipients are a true display of excellence in philanthropic giving across a broad range of cause areas and communities,” he said.

“The award recipients exemplify the philosophy of ‘more and better giving for a generous and inclusive Australia.

“We were delighted with the engagement by the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors in the awards, with a doubling of nominations compared to the previous awards.”

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Terry and Ginette say the Snow family is guided in everything they do by a commitment to excellence and passion for community.

They believe philanthropy should demonstrate visionary leadership and best practice to create meaningful social change and deep impact by listening to the community, providing catalytic capital early and backing inspiring changemakers long-term.

“We are delighted all four of our children are involved in the foundations and share our passion for community, the values of humility, compassion and justice, and a commitment to excellence,” Terry and Ginette said.

“We thank them and their wonderful dedicated teams and acknowledge the leadership and energy of Georgina Byron, CEO of the Snow Foundation, and Tom Snow, chair of Snow Medical, who keep growing the foundations, forging trusting long-term partnerships and making a positive impact.

“We have met so many incredible, resilient, and inspiring people who have made every part of this philanthropic investment so worthwhile,” they said.

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Good to see a little of the millions made out of exploiting the loophole in the airport lease coming back to the community.

They do a fantastic job, but on principle I much prefer higher taxation for the rich – a lot of them do very little or in fact damage.

With increasing inequality in society, philanthropy is only a consolation prize.

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