Initiatives

The philanthropic sector offers excellent opportunities to partner and collaborate. As the peak body for the sector, we connect those who are looking to advance the cause of philanthropy with each other, and also connect with them ourselves. We have formed many great relationships and continue to look for new opportunities to advance philanthropy in Australia.


Philanthropy Champions

We are proud to launch our new Philanthropy Champions initiative.

Philanthropy Champions are not only Champions ‘of’ Philanthropy but also Champions ‘for’ Philanthropy. They are engaged and effective in their philanthropic giving and equally committed to growing the size and impact of philanthropy in Australia. More >


Strategic Plan 2017-2020

When developing our 2017-2020 strategic map, we had to balance our rich heritage with the ‘now’ and the future. We had to recognise the incredible expertise and resources of our traditional members and to their commitment to philanthropy. But we also needed to acknowledge that philanthropy was changing. More >


Philanthropy Meets Parliament

The Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit brings together Australian funders, political leaders, and policy makers to meet at the heart of Australia’s political system which helps philanthropy and government understand each other’s perspectives and priorities and how they can work together to achieve shared objectives. More >


UK Private Giving Study Tour

The Study Tour is a high level, intensive program of meetings and presentations with UK leaders in philanthropy, with a special focus on private giving and impact investment and innovation. Its purpose is to inform and stimulate our thinking and practice, to provide case studies, options and viewpoints which we can adopt, adapt or reject. More >


Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week

The initiative, which is supported through the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, is a three-year initiative which celebrates the ways in which partnerships between grassroots community groups and philanthropy build vibrant and resilient communities. More >


SEWF 2017 Bursary Fund

Partnering with The English Family Foundation, Social Traders and with the Ākina Foundation (NZ) to support emerging social entrepreneurs by sending them to the Social Enterprise World Forum in New Zealan. More >


Harwood Public Innovators Lab

The ten20 Foundation, Woodside Energy, FRRR and Philanthropy Australia recognise that we need to shift our ways of working and thinking to solve the complex social problems we have in Australia. More >


US Foundation Funding

We partnered with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and the Foundation Center, to publish a report which details grant-making priorities of US foundations in Australia. More >


Pledge 1%

Pledge 1% is dedicated to changing the world through inspiring early-stage corporate philanthropy. Founded by the likes of Salesforce, Atlassian and Rally, Pledge 1% encourages and enables organisations, companies, investors, entrepreneurs, executives and individuals to have meaningful impact in their communities leveraging gifts of stock, cash, profits, time, product and other forms of gifting. More >


Benchmarking Study

The Benchmarking study provides a sector-wide overview of the resources and costs incurred by trusts and foundations from Australia and New Zealand. It is based on a comprehensive survey and explores how resourcing arrangements and costs can vary based on differences in fund size, type of structure, and grant-making approach. More >


NFP Investment Survey

 As well as investment performance, the survey delves into investment beliefs, sustainability, governance, spending policy and more, providing a comprehensive picture of the trends impacting the NFP sector. More >


Women Donors research

The research will assist in understanding attitudes and behaviours relating to the inclusion of women and girls amongst grant-making organisations in Australia. It will also assist the Women Donors Network in responding to the sector's evolving needs. More >


Innovation for Community Impact

Facilitated by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), the program provides grants of up to $100,000 to support innovation and sustainable social change in areas such as family and domestic violence, education disengagement, criminal behaviour and unemployment. More >



Australian Philanthropy Awards

The Australian Philanthropy Awards celebrate innovative partnerships between grant-makers and not-for-profits, highlighting the significant achievements of projects that help solve complex societal issues. More >


National Conference 2018

Our Conference is a once-every-two-years opportunity to engage with the world’s best philanthropic thinkers, strategists and leading voices from around the globe and at home. More >


Impact Investment Ready

Partnership with NAB will be a catalyst for real and long-term change in the role of philanthropic organisations and how they support innovative and sustainable business models for not-for-profit organisations. More >


Connected Beginnings Program

As part of our focus on promoting closer collaboration between government and philanthropy, Philanthropy Australia is undertaking a project for the Australian Government's Department of Education to support the Connected Beginnings program. More >


Philanthropic Benchmark Initiative

This program measures the performance of an individual foundation, comparable to an industry benchmark. More >


One Million Donors

We are proud to partner with The Australian Charities Fund to support the One Million Donors initiative, which aims to see one million Australians giving through the workplace by 2020. Workplace giving forms an important part of corporate philanthropy. The potential social impact that can be achieved by growing giving in Australia through employee giving is phenomenal and could transform the giving landscape in Australia. More >


Giving Australia

We’re a Principal Sector Partner of Giving Australia 2016, the largest ever research effort into giving and volunteering in Australia. The project is an initiative of the Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership, and is led by the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) at Queensland University of Technology in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology and the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs. More >


Fix Fundraising

The campaign is supported by Justice Connect and a coalition of Australia's leading professional and peak bodies including the Australian Council of Social Service, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Governance Institute of Australia, Chartered Accountants of Australia & New Zealand, Community Council for Australia, CPA Australia, the Fundraising Institute of Australia and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association. More >


New Gen UK Study Tour (2015)

The Tour gave participants first-hand experience of best practice, accelerate individuals’ philanthropic leadership and strengthen Australia’s participation in the global community.  More >


Impact Investor Survey

Australia’s first impact investing survey, by Impact Investing Australia – a not-for-profit organisation established in 2014 to develop the market for impact investing in Australia and deliver better outcomes for society. More >


Collective Giving

The Australian Government's Department of Social Services has commissioned a research study on collective giving in Australia. The research will inform the work of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership. The Partnership brings together prominent Australians from business and community sectors to provide advice to Government on practical strategies to foster a culture of philanthropic giving, volunteering and investment in Australia. More >


Top 50 Gifts

The Top 50 Gifts project aimed to capture these extraordinary events and share them, to not only inform and celebrate the way in which philanthropy has shaped our community, but also inspire others to give in such a way as to create a fairer, more diverse and culturally rich Australia. More >


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