What stories do we need to tell?

“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.” – Robert McKee Read more…

Feb. 06, 2017


Building wellbeing through culture and empowerment

For decades, governments and other decision makers have framed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs as a ‘problem’ to be solved. Read more…

Aug. 15, 2017   |   Rod Reeve


Challenging discussions in philanthropy

There are a number of current, challenging discussions making their way through philanthropy today. Read more…

Jul. 11, 2017   |   Philanthropy Australia


Philanthropy in science

In May this year, Andrew ‘Twiggy' Forrest, along with wife Nicola, pledged $400m of their personal wealth to Australian research organisations and charities – the biggest single gift of philanthropy by a living person in the country. In the same week, the Brazil family in Queensland, also admired for their generosity, quietly donated $5 million to support research at the Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland. These extraordinary acts demonstrate a dramatic shift in Australia’s philanthropic climate. More importantly, they will have a tremendous impact on science, as philanthropists play a vital role in supporting early stage, basic research, complementary to other funding sources. Read more…

Jul. 02, 2017   |   Professor Pankaj Sah


It’s that time of year…

As we race towards 30 June and the end of a tax year, lots of charities are busy seeking the final donations and gifts for the year, and many philanthropists are making the final distributions from trusts and foundations. It is an important time, and significant amounts of charitable money are granted to pursue the visions, plans and opportunities we share for social, cultural, environmental and community benefit and change. Read more…

Jun. 21, 2017   |   Sarah Davies


Celebrating Eve Mahlab AO: Feminist. Philanthropist. Trailblazer.

On Saturday, 3rd June 2017, VWT hosted a birthday party and fundraiser Let’s Dance in honour of feminist luminary, Eve Mahlab AO. The tagline for this sold-out event was ‘celebrating the past and future of feminism‘ and celebrate we did. Held at Leonda on the Yarra with ABC’s Virginia Trioli as MC, the room was lively and warm, filled with family, friends, and feminists from across the political spectrum. Read more…

Jun. 20, 2017   |   Victorian Women's Trust


I wonder why?

Philanthropy Australia is strongly supportive of the need for a professional, responsive, and independent regulator for the not-for-profit sector, and charities in particular. As a sector that represents around 8% of GDP and employs about 10% of the Australian workforce, it is a significant part of our community economically, socially and culturally. Read more…

Jun. 06, 2017   |   Sarah Davies


Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s $400 million donation - Four characteristics of leading philanthropy

On Monday we applauded and celebrated an exciting act of philanthropy when Andrew and Nicola Forrest announced a $400 million donation to six cause areas. Read more…

May. 23, 2017   |   Sarah Davies


Better philanthropy for remote art centres

Having started as a cool morning in Mparntwe, it’s now a warm, sunny afternoon. After enjoying a few hours of painting, the Iltja Ntjarra artists decide to sit outside for a yarn over a cuppa. Read more…

May. 22, 2017   |   Rod Reeve


Four key take outs from the Caroline Fiennes seminar in Sydney

If we are to fix the social challenges in Australia, we have to move from a competitive not-for-profiot sector to a more collaborative space. We need to develop the 'science of philanthropy' - what really works. Unfortunately impact evaluation is more about marketing and the seeking of funds - rather than a genuine desire to learn and inform decision-making to be more effective. Not-for-profits need to stop undertaking their own research and leverage existing research, expertise and avidence. Don't… Read more…

May. 16, 2017


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. 

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