Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit 2017

Day 1 - Monday 11 September

Philanthropy in Tumultuous Times




8.00 – 9.30am

Registration, Tea & Coffee – Theatre, Parliament House, Canberra



Including an address on Philanthropy Australia’s view of the relationship between government and philanthropy – and some of the challenges and opportunities.

Joe Skrzynski AO
Council Member, Philanthropy Australia and Chair of the Council's Policy & Research Committee

9:45 – 10:00am

Opening Keynote Address

A keynote address focusing on the Australian Government’s strong commitment to close engagement with the philanthropic sector and the broader not-for-profit sector. It will include an update on the work of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership.

The Hon Christian Porter MP
Minister for Social Services

10:00am – 10:50am

Understanding our Tumultuous Times – Where are We Now, Where Are We Headed and What Does it Mean?

We live in tumultuous times – the state of democracy is in flux, and we’re witnessing declining trust in government, business, the media and institutions in general.

This is having a global impact – most evident in the surprise results in both the EU referendum and the United States Presidential Election.

This panel discussion aims to set the scene for the day, exploring these developments and in particular what they mean for social change agents including philanthropy.

Moderator: Tom Switzer, ABC Radio



Morning Tea
11:20am – 11.35

Keynote Address

A keynote address outlining the Opposition’s vision for partnering with philanthropy and the broader not-for-profit sector.

The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP
Shadow Minister for Charities
and Not-for-profits

11.35 – 12.30pm 

Parliamentary Perspectives on Philanthropy – Beyond the Major Parties

A panel discussion involving three representatives of the Parliamentary crossbench.

The discussion will seek to explore perspectives on philanthropy beyond the major parties.


Moderator: Professor Kristy Muir
Centre for Social Impact


1.30pm – 2:20

In Conversation with Daniel Lee of the Levi Strauss Foundation

Daniel Lee is the Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation. He also serves on the board of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

A corporate foundation based in San Francisco, the Levi Strauss Foundation advances pioneering social change in the areas of HIV/AIDS, worker rights and well-being, asset building and social justice in communities touched by the Levi Strauss business.

In conversation with Nicole Richards, Daniel will share 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
  • What the new political environment in the United States means for philanthropy

Daniel Lee
Levi Strauss Foundation

Nicole Richards
Philanthropy Australia


Afternoon Tea 
2.50 – 4.00pm 

Clever Collaboration – Four Case Studies

There are so many examples of clever collaboration between government and philanthropy in Australia.

This session will focus on profiling four case studies of such collaboration, covering different cause areas and diverse forms of engagement between government and philanthropy.

The session will involve four 12-minute presentations, followed by questions from the audience.

New Democracy Foundation
Iain Walker
Executive Director

Better Data for Health Partnership
Jane Haycock
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Arts Business Innovation Fund
Kirsten Herring
Arts Queensland

Doveton College
Julius Colman AM
Colman Foundation

4.00 – 5.00pm

Social Innovation in Tumultuous Times – How Do Funders Respond to Entrenched Disadvantage and Growing Inequality?

In Australia, just like in Europe and North America, we are increasingly seeing how entrenched disadvantage and inequality is leads to many people feeling ‘locked out’ from our society.

It is clear that many of the existing ways of addressing disadvantage and inequality just are not working, so how do we create an environment that truly values and rewards social innovation which makes a real difference to people’s lives?

This panel discussion will explore this question and consider what roles government and philanthropy have as funders of social innovation.

Moderator: Tessa Boyd Caine
Health Justice Australia


5.00 – 5:10pm Wrap and Close

Sarah Davies
CEO, Philanthropy Australia

5.10 – 6.30pm 

Delegate Drinks at the Mural Hall

An opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues after a day of learning and inspiration, and to network with invited Members of Parliament and Senators.

Taking place in Parliament House’s stunning Mural Hall, it will include the launch of a new ‘Parliamentary Friends of Philanthropy’ group by Lucy Wicks MP and the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP.

Noel Pearson on the importance of philanthropy to Indigenous communities

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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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