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The 2017 Australian Philanthropy Awards

Recognising and celebrating recent extraordinary achievements in Australian philanthropy.

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15 Mar

Harwood Public Innovators Lab
Ends Fri 17th Mar 2017 (3 days)
Perth, WA

20 Mar

Harwood Public Innovators Lab
Ends Wed 22nd Mar 2017 (3 days)
Melbourne, VIC

15 Mar

Harwood Public Innovators Lab
Ends Fri 17th Mar 2017 (3 days)
Perth, WA

20 Mar

Harwood Public Innovators Lab
Ends Wed 22nd Mar 2017 (3 days)
Melbourne, VIC

05 Apr

Philanthropy Australia AGM & The 2017 Australian Philanthropy Awards
NAB, The Auditorium: 800 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC

06 Apr

Australasian Social Business Forum
Ends Fri 7th Apr 2017 (2 days)
Melbourne, VIC

11 Sep

Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit
Ends Tue 12th Sep 2017 (2 days)
Canberra, ACT

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02 May

AEGN Conference
Ends Thu 4th May 2017 (3 days)
Melbourne, VIC

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Upcoming sector events

20 Feb

The 5th Women in ICT Leadership Summit
Ends Fri 24th Feb 2017 (5 days)
Melbourne, VIC

22 Feb

Fundraising Institute Australia Conference
Ends Fri 24th Feb 2017 (3 days)
Gold Coast, QLD

22 Feb

ASRC Visit & Dinner
Footscray, VIC

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Latest news

Feb. 21, 2017 New grants to help not-for-profits and businesses explore and attract impact investment

Impact Investing Australia and Philanthropy Australia will today launch Impact Investment Ready, a new initiative to help not-for-profit organisations and for-purpose businesses explore potential impact investing activities and opportunities and attract potential investors. Read more…

Feb. 14, 2017 Why I am a young philanthropist

According to Giving Australia 2016 research project, over 80 per cent of Australians donated to charity throughout 2015 and2016. When you look at the reasons why people gave it largely comes down to personal satisfaction and giving back to the community. Read more…

Feb. 13, 2017 “There’s no point being the richest man in the cemetery”: Geoff Harris

Flight Centre co-founder and self-made millionaire Geoff Harris has featured on plenty of ‘Top 200 Rich Lists’ and his recent $4 million gift to help combat homelessness made headlines, but the motivation for his “pragmatic” philanthropy is deeply personal. Read more…

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Professional Adviser Handbook

Philanthropy Australia. Supported by Australian Executor Trustees & Australian Communities Foundation.

A useful starting point and reference for those advisers who are integrating philanthropy into their practice and explores some of the key motivations that typically drive donors to give.

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