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Nov. 21, 2016


How a live collective giving event became a powerful antidote to prevailing negativity

On the very evening that the US election result stunned the world, 150 shell-shocked corporate heavyweights gathered in the vast foyer of Clayton Utz’s citadel in Sydney’s Bligh Street. They weren’t seeking legal advice. Read more…

Nov. 28, 2016   |   Lisa Cotton


Community-Led Economic Regeneration – What Can We Learn From Cleveland, Ohio?

It’s time to bring not for profits, philanthropy, cooperatives and government together as part of a community-led economic regeneration with an eye on the successful Cleveland Model in the US, writes Krystian Seibert from Philanthropy Australia. Read more…

Nov. 25, 2016   |   Krystian Seibert


Seeking funding and the search for Atlantis

Seeking funding from philanthropists can be complex, time consuming and often fraught with failure. We think we know what funders want, only to find that their funding focus has moved and your organisation or program is no longer in their line of sight. Read more…

Nov. 24, 2016   |   Chris Wootton


Not-for-profits leading social innovation

The contemporary understanding of charity is more than giving a hand out or a hand up. It is especially about leaders in the not-for-profit sector working with their communities (of place or interest) using knowledge, networks and data to create a vision for a fairer, more sustainable future. Read more…

Nov. 15, 2016   |   Catherine Brown


People give to children and cancer

So often have I heard that phrase, perhaps offered as a reason - or as an excuse - as to why it’s hard to raise money for other causes. As someone who has made a career out of raising funds for tertiary education and the arts, I’ve had to battle the “children and cancer” naysayers a fair bit. Read more…

Nov. 08, 2016   |   Hannah Bone


Listening, learning, evolving

As I approach the first anniversary of my appointment as The Ian Potter Foundation Chief Executive, I have just returned from my first Philanthropy Australia Conference. Attending this conference allowed me to lift my head from my focus on our own grant making processes and Foundation operations, and explore many concepts critical to our quest to be the most effective grant maker we can be. Read more…

Oct. 04, 2016   |   Craig Connelly


So what is better philanthropy?

I am sure everyone of us have made donations to charities during the course of our lives. This I would suggest is likely to be a disengaged form of giving. Basically, we receive a receipt and newsletters follow with more requests for donations. To pick up on Philanthropy Australia's catch cry, we need more of this but we need it to be better. Read more…

Sep. 27, 2016   |   Geoff Day

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Philanthropy is not future ready, but these 4 steps will help turn the corner

Despite decades of investment, good will and effort by Australia’s philanthropic sector, it surprised few attendees of the Philanthropy Australia conference that philanthropy is not future ready. To really move beyond ‘tinkering around the edges’ of complex social issues in Australia, the sector must embrace the reality that we – philanthropy, communities, business, government and service delivery organisations - are all in this together. Read more…

Sep. 27, 2016   |   Kevin Robbie


Capacity is the Key to Effectiveness

Imagine, for a moment, that you need to go to a hospital emergency room for a serious injury. Would you feel confident about the kind of care you were receiving if you knew that the hospital was using an outdated computer system that it received second-hand from a local company? Read more…

Sep. 05, 2016   |   Mae Hong


Our vision is for a more giving Australia…

Sarah Davies (CEO) launched our 2017-2020 Strategic at our 2016 Conference.

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