Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit 2019

The Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit is the flagship event of this year, bringing philanthropy and government together to grow understanding of the broader context in which they operate, showcase successful collaboration and encourage more effective engagement.

This year’s event is especially important as it is our first opportunity to engage collectively with the newly re-elected Morrison Government.

There is increasing instability and polarisation across democracies globally, with ongoing debates about the impact in inequality and the disruption of the traditional media environment.

As a key part of civil society, philanthropy has an important role to play in supporting diversity and pluralism in our broader society – but what exactly is this role, and how can we ensure that our contribution is effective?

Themed ‘Philanthropy: in the service of democracy’ this year’s event will debate and interrogate the role of philanthropy in our democracy and how it can make an effective contribution to the challenges we face during this time of upheaval.  It will challenge and provoke thinking over a broad range of topics including the effect of the lobbying industry on public policy development, advocacy capacity, the role of philanthropy in a disrupted media setting and the future of Australian civil society.

Day 1: Parliament House
Wednesday 18 September

Day 1 is specifically focused on deepening the relationship between philanthropy and government to achieve shared objectives and create long-lasting positive change.  The day is a combination of panel discussions and interactive sessions with key members of parliament.

Due to a strict cap on numbers at Parliament House Theatre, Day 1 tickets are limited, with first preference given to Philanthropy Australia’s Impact and Engaged Members.   

Day 2: Hotel Realm
Thursday 19 September

Day 2 brings philanthropy and the for-purpose sector together to discuss the big issues – including, advocacy capacity; the role of philanthropy and government; and what challenges lie ahead for civil society…

The day also includes a set of concurrent sessions that focus on specific policy areas. 

Day 2 is open to all Philanthropy Australia members and the broader social change community.  All delegates are invited to join delegate drinks in Parliament House’s Mural Hall at the end of Day 1.

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