December 2015

  • Paul Ramsay Foundation $14.7 million donation: Every year, over 2500 Australians die by suicide and a further 65,000 make an attempt.

    A $14.7 million donation from the Paul Ramsay Foundation will be used to help those at risk of suicide. The donation to the Black Dog Institute enables world-first trials of new suicide prevention approach in four Australian communities.

  • Grassroots Grants awarded for ageing, disability and mental health support initiatives: Social inclusion for people marginalised by age, disability and mental illness across Victoria received a boost thanks to State Trustees Australia Foundation’s annual Grassroots Grants.

    With a focus on supporting the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Foundation announced more than $200,000 to go to 23 organisations.

    State Trustees Executive General Manager, Melanie Lewis said the Foundation’s focus is with assisting organisations and people through the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and other associated sector reforms. The Foundation remains focussed on funding initiatives that support vulnerable Victorians to exercise choice in how they engage with and inform the service systems that support them.





    Able Australia Services

    National Disability Insurance Scheme Workshops for people with deaf blindness


    Alzheimer's Australia Vic

    We Can We Can We Can: Purpose and pleasure for people living with dementia


    Brite Services

    Transition to NDIS


    Brotherhood of St Laurence

    Cafe Connections - social activities for older people


    Cora Barclay Centre

    Supporting Families with Deaf Children to Prepare for the NDIS


    Deakin University

    Meet Me in a Minute


    Fitted for Work

    Linking Women who have a Disability with Work


    Gateways Support Services Inc.

    Self-Advocacy Project for People with Intellectual Disabilities


    Gawith Foundation

    Understanding and Maximising Opportunities with the NDIS


    High Street Bells Choir Inc.

    High Street Bells Choir Operational Stability


    Honeysuckle Regional Health

    Training in dementia care for Honeysuckle Regional Health


    Longbeach PLACE Inc.

    Building Digital and Financial Literacy Amongst Seniors


    Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria

    Equipment Lending Service


    Multiple Sclerosis Limited

    MS in readiness for NDIS


    Peninsula Home Hospice

    New PHH Client Care Volunteer Training Program 2016


    Per Capita Australia Limited

    Money for Jam: An initiative of the Centre for Applied Policy in Positive Ageing


    Pets in the Park

    Helping the homeless care for their pets


    Sacred Heart Mission

    Home Care for the homeless - a new service response


    South Port Uniting Care

    Active Ageing


    The Bridge Inc.

    READY, SET, GO: a NDIS readiness workshop program targeting culturally and linguistically diverse people with a disability and their parents/carers


    The Humour Foundation

    Building a Model of Collaboration between Adolescent Mental Health Units and Clown Doctors


    Victorian Deaf Society

    Getting Deaf clients NDIS ready



    Protecting the rights and safety of people with Disability- A DVD Life skills Resource


  • Indigenous arts residency awarded: The Hutchinson Indigenous Residency was established in perpetuity last year from a $1 million grant from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and named in honour of Darvell M. Hutchinson AM, who steered the Trust for 50 years. 

    Contemporary artist Josh Muir, has won the year-long residency at the University of Melbourne, including a cash grant of $40,000 and up to $5,000 for materials as part of the Hutchinson Indigenous Residency.

    Based at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Residency was created to enable Indigenous artists to undertake significant projects of their choice and will allow the 24 year-old Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara man from Ballarat the time and space to reflect and research ideas for his artwork.

  • Westpac awarded for philanthropic commitment to Education: At the Business/Higher Education Round Table (B/HERT) Awards, Westpac was presented with The Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Support for Higher Education for the establishment of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation and the collaborative approach it has taken in the design of its programs.

    The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation launched in April 2014 to celebrate Westpac's 200th anniversary in 2017, with a $100 million gift to future generations of Australians. With the sole aim of educating and advancing Australians, the Foundation is comprised of four higher education scholarship programs and a social change fellowship, investing in 100 Australians every year, in perpetuity.

    Susan Bannigan, CEO of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, receiving the award from Ken Boal, Chairman of the B/HERT Board.

  • The results are in for the 2015 State of the Sector Survey: The role of advocacy, sector collaboration and improving the method of government funding agreements are the top priorities for Australia’s not-for-profit sector, according to the 2015 national survey by Pro Bono Australia.

    The sector also pointed to capacity building, human capital, red tape reduction, the continuation of the ACNC and measuring social impact as further priorities.

  • Grants in Australia Survey: The Australian Institute of Grants Management (AIGM) has put together a survey designed to obtain feedback from Australian grant seekers and grant recipients. The survey results will be used to develop a snapshot of grant-making in Australia, to examine developing trends in the field and to facilitate better grant making. 

    The survey closes on Wednesday 16 December.

  • Aussie Farmers Direct and Foodbank join forces to help feed families in need this Christmas: Thanks to a new partnership between Foodbank and Aussie Farmers Direct, Australians looking for a way to help less fortunate families this Christmas can give the gift of a Christmas meal. Aussie Farmers Direct is encouraging customers to buy a ‘Project Rudolph’ dinner box for a family in need, which Foodbank will deliver nation-wide. 

View the latest donations & initiatives

Member Hosted Events (such as Brown Paper Bag Lunches) provide an informal avenue for Members to hear about how other Members go about their work. If you'd like to offer a Brown Paper Bag Lunch for Philanthropy Australia Members to attend, please contact your State Manager.

A calendar of all sector events that may be of interest to philanthropists, new gen-ers, not-for-profits and advisors.

Online learning

Our on-demand webinars enable you to tailor learning to a time that suits you. All you need is an internet enabled computer or mobile device. To help you remember what you’ve learned, each webinar is accompanied by presentation slides.

Click here to discover our recorded webinar program: How to Give, Fund Seeker, Governmentall webinars.

We hold a number of key events for our Members and Associates throughout the year, including our AGM. 

This page highlights events being held by our Members for the broader philanthropic community. If you'd like to list an event here, please contact your State Manager.

Upcoming Events Past Events

02 Jul

Magic Hearts Derby
Morphettville, SA

05 Jul

Crowd Giving
Brisbane, QLD

09 Aug

The Funding Network
Melbourne, VIC

21 Sep

2016 Philanthropy Australia National Conference
Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW

Recorded Webinars


02 Jul, 2016 Magic Hearts Derby – Morphettville, SA

30 Jun, 2016 The Funding Network – Canberra, ACT

23 Jun, 2016 The Aborigine is present - briefing – Melbourne, VIC

21 Jun, 2016 Ethiopia Briefing – Sydney, NSW

20 Jun, 2016 The Funding Network – Sydney, NSW

16 Jun, 2016 Ethiopia Briefing – Melbourne, VIC

16 Jun, 2016 Outcomes Measurement 101 – Brisbane, QLD

15 Jun, 2016 The Funding Network – Brisbane, QLD

09 Jun, 2016 Strategic Planning Update – Your desk (webinar)

07 Jun, 2016 Impact100 Sydney Drinks – Sydney, NSW

07 Jun, 2016 Outcomes Measurement 101 – Sydney, NSW

06 Jun, 2016 Gender-wise Philanthropy Workshop – Melbourne, VIC

01 Jun, 2016 AEGN Annual Conference – Melbourne, VIC

31 May, 2016 AEGN Conference Dinner – Melbourne, VIC

31 May, 2016 Environmental Philanthropy 101 – Melbourne, VIC

31 May, 2016 Outcomes Measurement 101 – Melbourne, VIC

18 May, 2016 Ridiculous Laws – Redfern, NSW

11 May, 2016 International Fundraising Forum – Southbank, VIC

06 May, 2016 Maybanke Lecture 2016 – Sydney, NSW

04 May, 2016 How the budget affects the NFP sector – Online (webinar)

04 May, 2016 Collaboration for Impact Conference – Melbourne, VIC

28 Apr, 2016 2016 Launch of Impact100Melbourne – Melbourne, VIC

28 Apr, 2016 The Official Launch of RACS at UNSW – Randwick, NSW

20 Apr, 2016 Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) – Polyglot Theatre – Melbourne, VIC

20 Apr, 2016 Grant-Seeker Workshop – Brisbane, QLD

19 Apr, 2016 Philanthropy Awards – Melbourne, VIC

19 Apr, 2016 Philanthropy Australia AGM – NAB,The Arena: 700 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC

17 Apr, 2016 We can CHANGE THE WORLD - family workshop – Malvern, VIC

13 Apr, 2016 An evening with Peter Singer – Adelaide, SA

13 Apr, 2016 The Funding Network – Melbourne, VIC

13 Apr, 2016 Three Sides Of The Coin - documentary launch – Melbourne, VIC

13 Apr, 2016 Wear Green for Premmies – Australia-Wide

06 Apr, 2016 National Volunteering Conference – Canberra, ACT

05 Apr, 2016 Impact100 Sydney Information Evening – Sydney, NSW

05 Apr, 2016 Divest Invest Conference – Sydney, NSW

04 Apr, 2016 US Foundation Funding for Australia – Sydney, NSW

23 Mar, 2016 Indigenous Funders’ Group – Melbourne, Sydney + teleconference

18 Mar, 2016 Conserving Eucalypts - the Why and the How – Melbourne, VIC

17 Mar, 2016 The Blackwood Foundation: My Big Idea lunch – Sydney, NSW

17 Mar, 2016 Corporate Network (National) – NSW, VIC + teleconference

16 Mar, 2016 Giving Together Lunch – Surrey Hills, NSW

15 Mar, 2016 A new medical research Venture Philanthropy Fund – Melbourne, VIC

15 Mar, 2016 ACT Not-for-Profit Network – Parkes, ACT

14 Mar, 2016 The Future of Ageing – Sydney, NSW

10 Mar, 2016 Philanthropy in Education: Some personal insights – Melbourne, VIC

10 Mar, 2016 Education Funders Group (National) – NSW, QLD, SA, VIC (video-conference)

10 Mar, 2016 Domestic Violence: Beyond the Rhetoric – Sydney, NSW

09 Mar, 2016 Films for Change Series – Darlinghurst, NSW

09 Mar, 2016 Philanthropy Leading on Climate Change – Sydney, NSW

08 Mar, 2016 Philanthropy Leading on Climate Change – Melbourne, VIC

08 Mar, 2016 Garvan Institute Members’ Tour – Darlinghurst, NSW

08 Mar, 2016 Sustainable Refugee Settlement – Sydney, NSW

06 Mar, 2016 Nexus Australia Youth Summit – Sydney, NSW

04 Mar, 2016 Grantmaking in Australia Conference 2016 – Melbourne, VIC

03 Mar, 2016 IQ2 Debate: Sex, Gender & Identity – Sydney, NSW

03 Mar, 2016 Films for Sight – Carlton, Vic

03 Mar, 2016 Nature Funders Workshop in Melbourne – Melbourne, VIC

03 Mar, 2016 Tribal Gathering for Local Government Grantmakers – Melbourne, VIC

02 Mar, 2016 Introduction to The Ian Potter Foundation – Perth, WA

02 Mar, 2016 Ethics at Work – Sydney, NSW

02 Mar, 2016 How to create stronger Australian communities – Carlton, VIC

01 Mar, 2016 Family Foundations Network (National) – Sydney + teleconference

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Evolution or Revolution: Is philanthropy future ready?

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