Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit 2017

Day 2 - Tuesday 12 September

Impact through Advocacy and Policy Influence




8.00 – 9.00am

Registration, Tea & Coffee



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

9:15am – 9.40am

Opening Keynote Address: Why Funding Advocacy is Critical to Achieving Philanthropy’s Purpose

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 this opening keynote address, Daniel will draw on his extensive experience to set the agenda for the day – articulating why funding advocacy and community networks needs to be an important focus of philanthropy.

Daniel Lee
Levi Strauss Foundation

9:40am – 10:40am

Impact through Advocacy and Policy Influence – the Role of Philanthropy

Building on the opening keynote address by Daniel Lee, this panel discussion will explore some of the themes he raises in more depth.

Given challenges such as growing inequality, the decline of independent media and increasing distrust in government and other institutions, the session will examine why the time is right to explore how funding advocacy and efforts to influence policy can deliver impact at scale.


Moderator: Maree Sidey
Australian Communities Foundation


Morning Tea 

11:10am – 11:40am

The Mandate of Philanthropy to Fund Advocacy and Influence Policy – What the Law Says

Charities law in Australia recognises the value of advocacy as a tool for achieving impact.

This practical session, presented by one of Australia’s top charity lawyers, will explore what the law says about philanthropy funding advocacy and efforts to influence policy.

It will include discussion of examples and case studies to illustrate what is possible.

Anne Robinson
Prolegis Lawyers


11:40am – 12:10pm

Philanthropy, Advocacy and Policy Influence – What Political Economy Tells Us

Building a more prosperous, sustainable and inclusive Australia means we need to lift the quality of public policy.

Better public policy needs advocates. Paradoxically, advocating for changes that will benefit a broad range of people can be a lonely activity. The broader public interest often lacks the support attracted by well-resourced interest groups, as theories of political economy explain. In fields including health, housing, energy, and tax, there are often few advocates for key policy changes that would benefit most Australians.

In this session, one of Australia’s leading public policy thinkers will explore why the broader public interest often has few friends, and what philanthropy can do about it.

John Daley
The Grattan Institute




1:00pm – 2:00pm

2017-2020 in Focus – Two Big Campaigns Which Will Shape Australia’s Future

Two big campaigns that will shape Australia's future are currently underway – recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people in the Australian Constitution, and achieving marriage equality.

These campaigns will be front and centre in in our national debate over the next three years.

This session will explore why they are important and what approaches leaders from each of the campaigns are adopting to shape public opinion in support of these important issues.

Moderator: Jane Hunt, Ready Nation Australia


2:00pm – 3:10pm 

Philanthropy Funding Advocacy – Four Case Studies

Philanthropy in Australia is funding some exciting and diverse initiatives that involve using advocacy to achieve impact.

This session will focus on profiling four case studies, covering different cause areas and approaches.

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


Alliance for Gambling Reform
John Spierings, Reichstein Foundation

Meg Argyriou

Malinda Wink

Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project
Jonathon Hunyor,
Public Interest Advocacy Centre

3.10 – 3:30pm

Wrap, Next Steps and Close

Sarah Davies
CEO, Philanthropy Australia

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