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Jul. 18, 2017 Giving Your Genius: A New Approach to Corporate Philanthropy

When we think about corporate philanthropy—the allocation of company resources for public benefit—we often limit our definition of resources to employee time, money, and product. But how valuable are these resources, actually, to social sector organisations? Read more…

Jul. 14, 2017 Learning to Bridge a Generation Gap in Philanthropy

A decade ago, shortly before their daughter, Caitlin Heising, started her freshman year at Brown University, Liz Simons, a former teacher, and her husband, Mark Heising, the founder of an investment firm, established the Heising-Simons Foundation, a family philanthropy focused initially on education, climate and the physical sciences. Read more…

Jul. 10, 2017 Exciting new appointment - National Membership and Programs Manager

We are very excited to announce that Linda Cassidy will join Philanthropy Australia on 24 July as our National Membership and Programs Manager. This is a new role for us, designed to enable and support Philanthropy Australia’s strategic plan to 2020 and specifically, to enhance our membership services team and our delivery of value and services to our members across the country. Read more…

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Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit

11 & 12 September 2017 

The Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit brings together Australian funders, political leaders, and policy makers to meet at the heart of Australia’s political system. 

Early bird closes on Monday 31 July 2017 .

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