The CBCA Awards Foundation

The Awards Foundation was established to raise money to fund prizes for the Children's Book of the Year Awards, in perpetuity. 

The CBCA Awards Foundation permanently acknowledges Benefactors ($20,000 & over) & Major Donors ($5000 & over).

Donations $2 and over are tax deductible.

Donations to the CBCA Awards Foundation are tax deductible and can be made via cheque:

CBCA Awards Foundation
PO Box 1163

Or via direct deposit:

BSB - 062182
Account No - 10024141
Account Name - CBCA Awards Foundation
*Email - with name and address and donation amount for receipt

Please download a Donation Form

Or via our eStore

Special Campaign: Remembering Christobel Mattingley AM

In recognition of Christobel Mattingley's contribution to children's literature, the CBCA aims to raise $5000 so that her name can be listed as a Major Donor, in memoriam, to the CBCA Awards Foundation. This Foundation contributes to funding prizes for the annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards. 

For more information and to support this campaign, please see our Donation page or download the Donation Form.

History of the CBCA Awards Foundation

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.

The challenge to secure 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 raising $1,000,000 to enable the CBCA to support the Awards prizes in perpetuity.

Benefactors - CBCA Awards Foundation

(Donations of $20,000+)

  • Scholastic Australia
  • Allen & Unwin
  • Laurie Copping OAM (in memoriam)
  • Maurice Saxby AM
  • Thyne Reid Trust No.1

Major Donors - CBCA Awards Foundation

(Donations of $5,000+)

  • Australia Post
  • Jill B Bruce
  • Sandy Campbell
  • CBCA NSW Branch
  • CBCA VIC Branch
  • CBCA WA Branch
  • Era Publications
  • Five Mile Press
  • Libby Gleeson AM
  • Bob Graham
  • Hachette Children’s Books
  • Hardie Grant Egmont
  • HarperCollinsPublishers
  • Ipswich District Teacher-Librarians' Network
  • The James N Kirby Foundation
  • Kinross-Wolaroi School, Orange
  • Koala Books
  • Library Board of Queensland
  • Robin Morrow
  • Angela Namoi
  • Northern Territory Government
  • Parents & Boys of Sydney Grammar Edgecliff Prep School
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Random House Australia
  • Emily Rodda (Jennifer Rowe AC)
  • Gillian Rubinstein
  • SA Department of the Arts and Cultural Development
  • Gail Spiers
  • Myrtle Spiers
  • Cathie Tasker
  • University of Queensland Press
  • Julie Vivas
  • Walker Books Australia
  • Margaret Wild
  • Sue Williams

Major Donors in Memoriam

  • Jean Chapman
  • Max Fatchen
  • Beryl Moncrieff Matthews
  • Jill Midolo
  • Narelle Oliver
  • Jan Ormerod
  • Eve Pownall
  • Marion E Robertson
  • Gregory Rogers
  • Cassandra Weddell
  • Maisie Williams, Garah, NSW