Professional development

Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit

Where: Canberra, ACT

When: Wed 9th Sep 2015, 08:00 – 18:30 (10 hours, 30 minutes)

There is much to be gained from philanthropy and government working more closely together. 

Philanthropy Australia’s inaugural ‘Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit’ brought together Australian funders, political leaders, and policy makers to meet at the heart of Australia’s political system – Parliament House in Canberra.

The day was structured as a combination of keynote addresses and interactive panel discussions, with plenty of time to mingle and network.

Engaging discussions focused on issues such as:

  • effective collaboration between philanthropy and government
  • the big policy ideas which can underpin the next boom in philanthropy
  • philanthropy’s role as an agent for systems change
  • how to unlock the potential of impact investing.

The sessions focused on how philanthropy and government interact, with discussions covering a range of cause areas across all sessions. It was also a rare opportunity to network with Australian funders, political leaders and policy makers, and will conclude with drinks in Parliament House’s stunning Mural Hall.

The summit aims to be only the first step in building a stronger, more collaborative, and mutually beneficial relationship between philanthropy and government in Australia.

 Bringing philanthropy and government together. Understanding each other’s perspectives and priorities. Working together to achieve shared objectives.

Photo credits: Andrew Taylor 2015

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Evolution or revolution:
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Wed 21 & Thu 22 September
Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW.

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