Grant-maker tools

Get on the Map – with Foundation Maps: Australia!

Philanthropy Australia and the Foundation Center – with the support of the Ian Potter Foundation, Gandel Philanthropy and Perpetual Trustees - are inviting all funders to consider supplying their grant data for Foundation Maps: Australia (FMA).

FMA will graphically map grants – so anyone can see who funds what and where in Australia for the first time!

Philanthropy Australia will officially launch Foundation Maps: Australia at the PA Conference in September.
So it is important to ‘get on the map’ - as you really don’t want to be that funder which is not on the map in September!


How do you ‘get on the map’?

Watch "How to get on the map webinar" - recorded on Friday 20 April 2018

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for the Data Template and Instructions

If you’d like to know more, please contact Chris Wootton


Foundation Maps: Australia is generously supported by:



Foundation Maps: Australia graphically portrays who funds what in Australia. Philanthropy Australia is inviting all funders to be part of this on-going program by supplying their granting data.

Launched in July 2012, Guiding Principles for Collaboration Between Government and Philanthropic Organisations is a new resource for those practicing, or interested in, cross-sectoral collaborations.

Developed by the Office for the Community Sector, Department of Planning and Community Development in Victoria and Philanthropy Australia, Guiding Principles offers a set of pointers to facilitate successful partnerships.

There are 15 key principles, structured under four headings:

  1. Creating the environment
  2. Shaping partnerships and building relationships
  3. Decision making and Management practices, and
  4. Evaluation and sustainability

Guiding Principles forms a framework for approaching new, and strengthening existing, collaborations between philanthropic and government co-funders of the not-for-profit sector.

Foundation Project Summary Report

Research Report and Case Studies which underpin the principles

The Foundation Project is an initiative sponsored by the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation on behalf of the following organisations:

  • Helen Macpherson Smith Trust
  • The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund
  • Perpetual
  • The Ian Potter Foundation
  • The RE Ross Trust
  • Philanthropy Australia
  • Queensland University of Technology – Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies

The key outputs from The Foundation Project are a set of core principles for grant application and reporting information as well as a common application form and acquittal report for small grants.

Grant-makers are encouraged to trial the common form templates and to provide feedback on them to Philanthropy Australia.

​Foundation Project Summary Report

Download the Small Grants Application Form

Small Grants Acquittal Report Form

There are a range of software systems available to assist grant-making:

Give. Stand. Respect.

The 2017 Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit brought funders, nonprofits and policy makers together for two days of inspiring keynotes, case studies and challenging conversations about philanthropy’s role in advocating for change.

Summit Highlights

Vision is for a more giving Australia…

Sarah Davies (CEO) launched Philanthropy Australia's Strategic Plan 2017 - 2020 at our 2016 Conference.