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Humanitix, the first ever ticketing platform to be recognised for Oustanding Achievement by the Australian Charity Awards

An aussie tech-charity is awarded Outstanding Achievement Winner at the Australian Charity Awards 2020

An innovative tech social enterprise has been recognised as an exceptional way to run a charity. This week, it was announced that Humanitix, the not-for-profit event ticketing platform, has been crowned an Outstanding Achievement Winner in The Australian Charity Awards 2020. As a first-of-its-kind charity that harnesses the power of technology, Humanitix has demonstrated a unique way to create sustainable funding outside of the traditional charity model.

Humanitix is the Aussie ticketing platform that donates 100% of booking fee profits to education projects for disadvantaged kids. Co-founders Joshua Ross and Adam McCurdie launched the tech-charity from a garage in Sydney back in 2015. They went to win millions of dollars in philanthropic funding from Google.org and Atlassian Foundation. 

Joshua Ross describes it this way: “Event goers are accustomed to paying a few dollars on top of the ticket price as a booking fee, but these few dollars add up to billions of dollars globally. By redirecting the booking fee profits to education projects, Humanitix can create massive social impact and help tackle the world’s most pressing issues of inequality and poverty.”

Charities and schools are able to use Humanitix at cost-price, making it one of the lowest cost options for the sector. Humanitix also tickets commercial events, with the booking fees going toward Humanitix’s mission of closing the education gap. Those booking fees have funded charitable programs such as Indigenous scholarships and education for disadvantaged girls in developing countries.

Adam McCurdie says the Outstanding Achievement award provides recognition of Humanitix’s innovation in the charity sector.

“When we first started Humanitix, we had no idea if it would work. There were no other tech-charities with a similar model that we could look to for guidance. It’s awesome to see that our unique model has been validated and recognised as an exceptional way to create massive social impact. Who knew that a ticketing platform could be such a powerful tool for impact?”

Wallabies legend John Eales has been a Humanitix Ambassador since 2018. Eales says, “Humanitix shows what’s possible when entrepreneurial thinking meets charitable ambition. Every event organiser can give their event an incredible impact by ticketing through Humanitix.”

The Australian Charity Awards was established to recognise organisations for the exceptional work undertaken through their charitable activities. The Australian Charity Awards are a partner program of The Australian Business Awards. 

“The 2020 Australian Charity Awards have recognised thirteen organisations for their contributions and achievements in the management of programs, projects and services that improve people’s lives,” said Ms Tara Johnston, Program Director.

“Australia’s charitable sector has been hit hard by COVID-19 this year, including unprecedented fundraising and operational challenges. Despite this, many charities are showing resilience during this difficult time, by adopting an innovative working approach to ensure that they can carry on their important work - now and in the future.

“The awards exist to highlight charities that adopt a culture of innovation as the sector seeks to transform in response to COVID-19 and continue to provide fundamental support and services to millions of Australians,” Ms Johnston added.

About the Awards

The Australian Charity Awards provide organisations with the opportunity to raise the awareness of their important causes by having their projects, contributions and achievements recognised through a national recognition program.

Participation is free and open to all registered Australian charities that have successfully implemented a business, management or community initiative within Australia. Initiatives can be internal or external and include the implementation of a project, program, process, system, technology, development, joint venture or undertaking. Participants are required to demonstrate the process involved in the successful execution of a specific initiative.

The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world-class performance standards. The WBA Framework consists of specialised assessment modules pertaining to the award categories. All initiatives are evaluated utilising the POEM assessment module. The modules provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and knowledge building among the participating organisations.

The Australian Charity Award for Outstanding Achievement (OAA) culminating in an overall winner for Charity of the Year (CHY) honour the dedication and achievements of charitable organisations and the measurable impact of their initiatives.

For more information about the Australian Charity Awards program visit australiancharityawards.com.au.