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Sep. 09, 2014

Tribute to Martin Copley

Philanthropy Australia Council, staff and membership acknowledge the sad passing of Martin Copley recently and his extraordinary contribution to the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors through the Spinifex Trust and Australian Wildlife Conservancy. His environmental legacy now watches over more than three million hectares of land across Australia. Read more…

Aug. 21, 2014

Community Foundations

As we hurtle towards the end of the calendar year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the increasing impact and prevalence of place-based philanthropy. The annual Community Foundation Annual Forum in the Barossa Valley in September reinforced the untapped power that Community Foundations (CFs) have to support local activities, and facilitate grass-roots philanthropy. There are many people who choose to ‘give where you live’, sometimes via Community Foundations. Some larger Trusts and Foundations are also… Read more…

Dec. 13, 2013   |   Alexandra Gartmann

 Tags: community foundations

Capacity building at the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network

The Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network’s (AEGN) interest in capacity building has two points of focus.  The primary focus is the development of capacity of its members.  Through conferences, workshops, presentations from experts, and sharing amongst the membership, members develop their knowledge and capability in environmental grantmaking. Our secondary focus is developing the capacity of the non-profit organisations that our members fund.  It is often stated that we are in a critical decade for the health… Read more…

Dec. 04, 2013   |   Debra Morgan

 Tags: capacity building, environment

Guest Post: Seven habits of highly-effective natural disaster recovery granting

This post written by Alex Gartmann, Foundation For Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). Previously, I wrote about the overarching issues that need to be considered in responding to the natural disasters which have continued to unfold around us. In this post, I want to share some practical lessons and principles that we have used to guide our activities in the natural disaster recovery space. 1. The first principle is that it’s critical to recognise that… Read more…

Nov. 11, 2013

 Tags: disasters, environment, general, guest post, topical issues

Guest Post: Natural Disaster Recovery: the role of the philanthropic sector

This post written by Alex Gartmann, Foundation For Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). Australia is certainly a land of drought and flooding rains and the summer of 2012/13 was no exception, a series of challenges for numerous communities across the country.  And now, before we even reach the summer of 2013/14, Australians are already being impacted by natural disasters. Bushfires have devastated communities in NSW, including in the Blue Mountains. FRRR’s involvement in this area… Read more…

Nov. 11, 2013

 Tags: disasters, environment, guest post, topical issues

Vale Loti Smorgon

On behalf of the philanthropic sector, Philanthropy Australia gratefully acknowledges the enormous contribution Loti Smorgon has made to the Australian community throughout her lifetime. Loti Smorgon (nèe Kiffer) immigrated to Melbourne from Poland with her family in the 1920s. Ukrainian-born Victor Smorgon, who Loti would marry in 1937, arrived in Melbourne around the same time with his family. Loti and her husband shared a desire to give back to the country that had become their… Read more…

Aug. 29, 2013

 Tags: arts, general, large donations, news, stories, what's new

Guest Post: Families hanging out for the homeless

This post written by Amanda Miller, Advisory Board Member, Kids in Philanthropy. Together with a number of other like-minded families, our family has been involved in starting Kids in Philanthropy, an organisation that aims to build social conscience, empathy and a practice of giving and changemaking, in kids for kids. It does this by engaging children and their families in meaningful opportunities to learn, grow, develop and harness their giving and doing power. At the… Read more…

Aug. 28, 2013

 Tags: collective giving, education, general, guest post, stories, topical issues, what's new

Guest Post: The Power of Collective Giving

This post written by Lesley Ray, Fundraising Director at Mater Foundation. Considered to be one form of the ‘new philanthropy’ – giving that embraces accountability and entrepreneurship – giving circles are emerging around the world as a way for donors to meet their philanthropic goals through the concept of collective giving. A giving circle is a group of individuals who come together to pool and give away resources, educate members about philanthropy and issues in… Read more…

Aug. 09, 2013

 Tags: collective giving, events, general, guest post, topical issues, what's new

Clive Berghofer sets new Australian philanthropic record with $50.1 million donation

Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) has today announced that it is the fortunate benefactor of a $50.1 million donation by Toowoomba-based property developer, Clive Berghofer.1  It is the largest single donation in Australia, on record.2 Clive, along with Philanthropy Australia and many others, hopes that his actions will inspire others to follow suit. “There’s heaps of people with plenty of money who don’t give,’’ the 78-year-old said. “Some people want you to give, but… Read more…

Aug. 07, 2013

 Tags: general, large donations, news, statistics, stories, what's new

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