The Awards Foundation was set up to raise $1 million to fund prizes for the Children's Book of the Year Awards in perpetuity.
Donations to the CBCA Awards Foundation are tax deductible and can be sent to:
CBCA Awards Foundation
PO Box 172
Blackheath NSW 2785
Download a 70th Anniversary Donation Form
The original prize for the Children's Book of the Year Awards was a camellia if the winner was female or a handshake if male.
Government funding supported the Awards for some time (1966-1988). This was followed by commercial sponsorship (Angus & Robertson, Penguin Books Australia, Collins Dove and Franklin Watts in 1988; Myer-Grace Bros. 1989-1993; Angus & Robertson 1994; Reed Books Australia, Australia Post and Social Book Clubs 1995) which made it possible to offer substantial monetary prizes of up to $10,000 per category to the authors and illustrators of winning and honour books.
Extreme difficulty in finding commercial sponsorship for the Awards prize money led to a decision, at the end of 1995, to set up the Awards Foundation with the aim of collecting $1,000,000 to enable the CBCA to support the Awards prizes at their previous level in perpetuity.
[Donations of $20,000+]
[Donations of $5,000+]