July 31st, 2015
Mining magnate Gina Rinehart’s ambition to give away half her massive fortune is a potential 'game-changer' for philanthropy in Australia.
The acting chief executive of Philanthropy Australia, Chris Wootton, said he was happy to learn of the planned donation.
“If someone like Gina Rinehart committed to give a significant portion of her fortune to charitable causes, it would be a game-changer,” he said. “And if she were willing to talk openly about her philanthropy, I have no doubt she could convince many other wealthy Australians to do the same. The culture of giving in Australia is on the up; it’s really pleasing that we’ve seen a significant rise in giving including by wealthy Australians who give while they live rather than setting up a bequest.”
In conversation with Nicole Richards at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, Daniel Lee shared his insights on topics including the role of philanthropy as a driver of systems change which addresses root causes of social challenges, the relationship between philanthropy and government and what the new political environment in the United States means for philanthropy.
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