Donor Advised Funds in the US – An Easy Way to Give but Also a Source of Controversy

Donor advised funds (DAFs) are a form of philanthropic vehicle in the United States. They’re an individually named account sitting within a charity, to which a donor’s tax deductible donations are credited. The funds are managed by the DAF provider, and the donor may recommend which organisations receive grants from the account. Read more…

Apr. 04, 2017   |   Krystian Seibert

Make your post-disaster donation count in the long-run

As the scale and impacts of Cyclone Debbie and the subsequent flooding becomes apparent, generous Australian’s will no doubt want to start making donations to support those affected. These contributions are incredibly important, providing immediate relief and helping individuals begin to get back on their feet. Read more…

Apr. 03, 2017   |   Natalie Egleton

Battle of the Philanthropists: Which State Donates the Most?

We’re a generous bunch, us Aussies. Each charitable giver donates an average of $348 per year. But which state takes the cake when it comes to giving the most? Read more…

Mar. 20, 2017

There’s cause for celebration and concern in how Australians are giving to charity

Some 80.8% of adult Australians – 14.9 million of us – contributed financially to charities and non-profit organisations in 2015-16. At A$12.5 billion, total giving was well up from $4.7 billion a decade ago. The average donation of $764.08 was up too in real terms, by $210.16. Read more…

Mar. 14, 2017   |   Wendy Scaife & Christopher Baker

 Tags: charity, collective giving, volunteering

Lazy money! How long can Australia afford it?

Once upon a time... there was a benevolent King who was regarded as the best in the land for making money from his pot of gold (corpus). The earnings which he generated from his pot of gold – which were truly dazzling - he distributed wisely to his people. Read more…

Feb. 21, 2017   |   Chris Wootton (Philanthropy Australia) and Dan Madhavan (Impact Investing Australia)

Grantmaking opportunities: community power through community energy

It seems clear to me that leadership on climate change has to come from community members working together for the common good. Governments will follow. Read more…

Feb. 14, 2017   |   Dr. Colin Brown

Collaborating for impact

If we understand the merits of collaboration, and the strength of partnerships in collective impact, what infrastructure and skills need to be in place to allow it to thrive? Read more…

Jan. 31, 2017   |   Jacqui Jones

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

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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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