Philanthropy Australia works to facilitate, advocate, educate, engage, communicate and promote giving for its Members.

Philanthropy Australia Members belong to a movement of people and organisations who believe in the importance of giving effectively, and who strive to help Australia become a giving nation.

We offer a large range of formal and informal ways to enhance your giving, including:

Networks & Peers

The opportunity to participate in the wider philanthropic community; Members come together to discuss issues and concerns relevant to the sector, and to share information and learn from one another's experience (Funder & Network Groups)


Access to information, inspiration and research via the Better Giving Hub.

Philanthropy Weekly

Philanthropy Weekly is Philanthropy Australia’s e-newsletter, providing access to up-to-the-minute news and views from our sector. 

Sent every Wednesday to our Members, Philanthropy Weekly brings you our media monitoring service, including daily, weekly and monthly publications as well as relevant online sites. The newsletter also features major donations, grant rounds, sector and PA initiatives, new appointments and opportunities, co-partnership call outs, awards, white papers & reports, policy & research updates, sector events and more. 

If you are a Member and don’t currently receive Philanthropy Weekly, but would like to, please email

Professional Development & Learning

Access to regular introductory and best practice conferences and workshops.

Policy & advocacy

As the peak body for philanthropy we work to service and educate members and the broader philanthropic sector, and raise the profile of philanthropy through advocacy and public policy debate.

We work with federal and state governments to encourage their understanding, support of, and engagement with, the philanthropic sector. We also work with government to encourage the creation of incentives for giving, and the removal of disincentives. Legislative changes that may affect our members and the sector are also monitored, and are communicated to Members via our policy alerts.

Our Members are given the opportunity to provide ministers and government departments with input to policy decisions via our funders groups. Members also recieve our Policy & Regulatory Alerts.

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Debate: Is philanthropy future ready?


  • Tony Kalm, One Acre Fund 
  • Sue Cunningham, CASE
  • Michael Lynch AM, Sydney Community Foundation


  • Lani Evans, Vodafone NZ Foundation
  • José Pedro Ferrão, United Way
  • Caitriona Fay, Perpetual Limited