January 15th, 2015
A list of the top 15 known philanthropic gifts of last year totalled more than $3.41 billion, with a $200 million pledge from billionaire businessman James Packer to set up a philanthropic foundation joining Mr Ramsay’s and Westpac’s donations in the top three.
Philanthropy Australia CEO, Louise Walsh, said Australia had seen a boom in philanthropic gifts in the last year. “2014 was a very exciting year for philanthropy in Australia, a year when giving really took a step to the next level,” Walsh said. “We’ve seen some seriously huge ‘mega gifts’, which will make a big impact in our community and hopefully also encourage others to think big with their giving.”
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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