The inaugural Ivan May Award celebrates greater access to justice for the poor.
The judges praised the role Equal Education plays in advocating systemic change and for showing how it could be achieved in practical, proactive ways.
The Discovery Foundation has donated more than R62-million in awards to 146 recipients, including several organisations working in public healthcare.
Umthombo's director, Gavin MacGregor believes the best way to address healthcare staff shortages is to invest in rural youth.
GoGogetters encourage community awareness and solidarity with the orphans and vulnerable children who have to overcome many challenges.
The judges praised Leap's efforts in furthering much-needed maths and science education.
The judges praised the trust for going where banks had not been prepared to venture -- Trust for Urban Housing Finance.
The judges commended the reach and ongoing commitment of Old Mutual's employee-giving projects.
The judges agreed with Mangu that Advocate Thuli Madonsela's integrity, determination and courage should be recognised and rewarded.
The judges were impressed by the mentorship aspect of the FNB Commercial Banking, Life Skills and Mentorship Programme.