Join a community of likeminded change makers

At Philanthropy Australia, we believe in a more giving future. We know that philanthropy comes in all shapes and sizes and regardless of how far along the giving journey you happen to be, we’re here to connect you with the resources, networks and knowledge that will sharpen your philanthropic practice and outcomes to give you greater confidence in your giving.

We help drive more and better philanthropy by:

  • Advocating for policies and frameworks that support and encourage giving in Australia and representing the sector to regulators and policy makers
  • Championing and celebrating the role and contribution of philanthropy
  • Convening national knowledge-sharing and thought-leadership events with leading names in local and international philanthropy
  • Coordinating a growing network of Funder and Philanthropic Interest Groups which enable collaboration and deep exchange of peer knowledge and experience in areas as diverse as education, the arts, Indigenous, out-of-home care, domestic violence and more
  • Providing best-practice tools, resources and advice that improve the practice of philanthropy and hone the focus and heighten the impact of your giving
  • Showcasing best-practice philanthropy 
  • Sharing stories of Australian philanthropy to inspire more giving and grow awareness of philanthropy’s accessibility and ability to catalyse change. 

Why be a member?

If you believe in a more giving Australia and the ability of philanthropy to effect change, you’re in the right place. Our collective membership includes fledgling philanthropists, SMEs and multinational corporations, trusts and foundations, for-purpose organisations, next-generation change makers, social entrepreneurs, impact investors and many of this country’s most recognisable names in philanthropy. What unites us is a desire to create and support positive change.

Our members tell us they receive many benefits from being part of the Philanthropy Australia community. Here are a few of them:

  • A sense of belonging and heightened purpose from being part of a tribe of likeminded change agents.
  • Greater clarity and confidence from regular exposure to thought leadership and new developments in philanthropy both locally and internationally.  
  • Access to expertise and real-world lessons learned about grantmaking and evaluating impact from funders who’ve tried similar approaches.
  • Connecting and collaborating with peers and hearing about joint-funding opportunities to leverage more impact from every philanthropic dollar.
  • Widened horizons stemming from connections beyond immediate circle of practice: local and national funders, investors, corporate businesses, for-purpose organisations and government. 
  • Opportunities to interact and connect with international philanthropic communities for big-picture learning and knowledge sharing. 

What’s new in 2018?

Our new membership offering is designed to give you more choice. With five levels of membership available, you can select the package that suits your own philanthropic practice, engagement preferences and knowledge needs.

We’re also simplifying the process by introducing a single renewal date for all our memberships: 1 May each year.

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$7,000 + GST
The name says it all: our impact memberships are for funders who are committed to proactively using all the tools in their philanthropic arsenal to generate maximum impact.

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$3,300 + GST
Our engaged memberships are perfect for established givers or large for-purpose organisations, who want to grow their confidence and take their philanthropy to the next level.

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$1,500 + GST
If you’re confidently pursuing your philanthropic or for-purpose agenda and would like regular contact with your peers but don’t feel you need personal support, our Active membership is for you.

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$600 + GST
Need to stay up to date with the latest developments in philanthropy? Interested in tools and resources to help you create change? Looking for like-minded networks and access to events to share information and learn?

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New Gen Network

$700 + GST
New Gen Network memberships connect new and emerging philanthropists in their 20s and 30s.

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As the peak body for the philanthropic sector, we are actively involved in shaping the development and direction of government policy and legislation relating to the sector.

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