Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit 2017

The Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit brought together Australian funders, political leaders, and policy makers to meet at the heart of Australia’s political system on the 11th and 12th of September 2017. The Summit is a special event which helps philanthropy and government understand each other’s perspectives and priorities and how they can work together to achieve shared objectives.

Given the changes we’re witnessing in democracies around the world, which was particularly apparent during 2016, the Summit examined what these changes mean for philanthropy, its relationship with government and its role as a catalyst for social change.

Bringing philanthropy and government together. Understanding the broader context within which they operate. Showcasing effective collaboration. Highlighting the importance of funding advocacy and efforts to influence policy.

Building on the success of the inaugural Summit held in 2015, the 2017 event was held over two days to enable participants to explore more issues in greater depth. A diverse range of speakers and panellists shared their insights at this unique event, with Daniel Lee from the Levi Strauss Foundation as a special international guest.


Day 1
Monday 11 September 

Philanthropy in Tumultuous Times

Day 1 was held at Parliament House in Canberra, and involved a combination of keynote addresses and interactive panel discussions.

Democracies around the world are experiencing a particularly tumultuous time, and Australia is not immune from these upheavals.

This theme set the context for the day, with discussions exploring the relationship between philanthropy and government and how it needs to evolve into the future.

Day 1 Program


Day 2
Tuesday 12 September 

Impact through Advocacy and Policy Influence

Day 2 of the Summit was held at Hotel Realm in Canberra, with a focus on how funding advocacy and efforts to influence policy can deliver systemic change and impact at scale.

Given challenges such as growing inequality, the decline of independent media and decreasing trust in government and other institutions, the time is right to have this discussion.

The day involved a combination of keynote addresses, strategic panel discussions, expert presentations, and case study explorations.

Day 2 Program

Give. Stand. Respect.

The 2017 Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit brought funders, nonprofits and policy makers together for two days of inspiring keynotes, case studies and challenging conversations about philanthropy’s role in advocating for change.

Summit Highlights