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Australian first: Philanthropy & Government together in one-day Summit

September 01st, 2015

The who’s who of Australia’s philanthropic sector will gather at the heart of Australia’s political system, Parliament House, Canberra, on Wednesday 9 September 2015.

They will be joined by political leaders and policy makers, for an event aimed at cultivating an understanding of each other’s perspectives and priorities and fostering a culture of closer collaboration.

More than 20 leading philanthropists and sector experts will cover burning questions such as:

  • How do philanthropists deliver change through effective collaboration with government?
  • What are the big policy ideas to underpin the next boom in philanthropy?
  • What are the new opportunities that impact investing and other innovative collaborations provide for how we tackle social and environmental challenges?

The Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP will deliver a keynote on ‘Working with Philanthropy to Build Stronger Communities’ and the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Bill Shorten MP has been invited to deliver a keynote on ‘Labor’s Vision for Partnering with Philanthropy and Civil Society’.

Three ‘rising stars’ in Parliament, Clare O’Neil MP, Angus Taylor MP and Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, will also provide their perspectives on the role of philanthropy in the community and ideas for closer engagement.

Philanthropy Australia’s Acting CEO, Chris Wootton sees this Summit as the start of something bigger. “By sharing ideas, approaches and learnings, and developing new networks, we will help build recognition from both government and philanthropy that we depend on each other to create systemic change.”

“The philanthropic sector has the ability to be the powerhouse for the development of new initiatives and innovative solutions to the complex issues facing communities. Philanthropy can provide the ‘risk capital’ for change, and support new and innovative responses to emerging or entrenched challenges – especially when focussed on strategic areas and gaps where needs are clearly identified by evidence and research. Disparate and often opposing parties can be drawn together by philanthropy playing the essential role of a neutral facilitator to champion an issue.” Chris Wootton said.

“Government has scale and the ability to tap into larger funding sources. Its legislative and regulatory powers can provide another way of addressing challenges, where an evidence base for action has been demonstrated. Whilst its capacity to experiment is more limited, it has the power to take proven solutions and roll them out nationally.” Chris Wootton said.

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In conversation with Daniel Lee of the Levi Strauss Foundation

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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