Membership FAQs

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers.

Philanthropy Australia CEO, Sarah Davies, answers the most frequently asked questions about the new membership model.


Why is the membership model changing?

Philanthropy Australia’s new membership offering is the culmination of an extensive period of consultation with our members and the philanthropic community more broadly. The new model has been prepared in direct response to the feedback we received from members and others, and has effectively been developed with, by and for members.

In short, they asked for choice and flexibility in how they engage with Philanthropy Australia and its programs, activities and services and the new memberships make that possible.

With five membership levels to choose from, members can select the package that best meets their philanthropic needs rather than being arbitrarily categorised by the value of the grants they make. This gives new flexibility for members who are, for example, looking for extra support in order to take their philanthropy to the next level regardless of the size of their granting program.

The new membership offering better reflects contemporary philanthropic practice and incorporates new benefits such as the Better Giving Hub digital platform which will connect members to each other and their chosen interest areas like never before.

We’re also simplifying the membership process by introducing a single renewal date: 1 May each year. So, this year, if your membership falls due between February – April, we’ll issue a pro-rata invoice to cover that period plus the new 12-month membership commencing 1 May 2018.

The final point to make here is that the new membership offering is intrinsically linked to our capacity to build a stronger, more sustainable peak body. This was one of the strongest messages from our member consultations – a national peak body, with a national footprint to support advocacy and leadership.


What’s on offer?

There are five membership levels to choose from:

Impact: Personal support, tailored opportunities and full access to the widest range of resources and events. This level is for funders who not only want to heighten their impact but take a leadership stance in the sector by convening roundtables and more. It’s the big one for serious players.

Engaged: Personal support plus access to peer networking and collaboration as well as all the full suite of philanthropic resources and events. This level is perfect for established givers who need a medium-level of support or large non-profits looking to raise the bar on their engagement with philanthropy.

Active: Active memberships provide great networking opportunities and access to resources and events, for those who feel they don’t need personal support. This level would be a good fit for funders who are content with their philanthropy or for-purpose organisations and non-profits looking to stay up-to-date and well-connected with the philanthropic sector.

Connected: Our Connected memberships are a great starting place if you want to keep up with developments in philanthropy, learn how to be a more effective change maker and network online.

New Gen Network: New Gen Network memberships connect new and emerging philanthropists in their 20s and 30s with an emphasis on learning and networking.

So, as you can see, there’s something for everyone regardless of whether you’re an established trust or foundation; a small, newly-established PAF; a non-profit or for-purpose organisation; or someone with an interest in learning more about philanthropy in Australia. You can find more detail about each of the membership levels here.


What’s the Better Giving Hub?

The Better Giving Hub is our brand new digital platform that will connect our philanthropic community and start conversations like never before. It’s interactive and user-centric, allowing members to collaborate and share ideas, debate issues as well as access and contribute to our vast library of resources including online co-funding opportunities, the Directory of Funders, upcoming events, webinars and more.

Members can curate their own experience by specifying the subject areas they’re interested in order to receive great content, participate in real time conversations and build communities of interest. Think of it as the sector’s new online village!

Access the Better Giving Hub here.


When do the membership changes take effect?

From 1 May 2018. The transition has begun, with many members having already chosen their new membership level.

All members will need to have selected their new membership package before the old membership model is retired on April 30, 2018.

We are contacting every member between now and the end of April to help you select the right membership package for you and make the transition as easy as possible.

There will be plenty of reminders from our Membership Services team, but I’d urge members to jump online and get started by viewing the new membership benefits today.


I’m ready to renew? What do I need to do?

Three key things:

  1. Select your new membership level.
  2. Follow the prompts to renew online. Any memberships due before April 30 will receive an invoice with a pro-rata fee for the gap period (eg Feb-Apr) plus the new 12-month membership commencing May 1.
  3. Ask for help if you need it! If you can’t find the information you’re looking for online, our staff and State Managers are here to help.


Who can I talk to if I want help choosing the package that’s best for me?

Your State Manager is the best person to have a chat with to discuss your existing and future needs, your current membership level and the best option for you from the new membership offering.


Why should I be a member of Philanthropy Australia?

Because it’s about being a member of a community of practice. We learn from and with each other, we contribute to policies and advocacy together and we debate what’s needed for a more giving Australia.

By being a member, you are right at the heart of that community. You can choose to be engaged as much or as little as you like, but you’ll always have access to up-to-the-minute knowledge and insights when you need them and have access to support and resources from the Philanthropy Australia team and from other members. Being part of the collective gives you connections, confidence and courage to take your philanthropy to the next level.

It also means we’ll be able to continue our work to advocate for policies and frameworks that encourage, rather than inhibit, more and better philanthropy.

Walk with us, or lead with us, and be part of the impact movement – together we always go further.

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Further information

If you want to find out more about our consultancy services - or if you're interested in joining the Philanthropy Australia Consultant Team - please contact Chris Wootton.

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