Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit 2019 - Day 2

Day 2: Thursday 19 September - Realm Hotel





Welcome and Reflections on Day One



Amanda Miller
Co-chair, Philanthropy Australia


Launch of Philanthropy Australia’s Advocacy Toolkit

In contemporary philanthropy it is difficult to achieve long-lasting systemic change if advocacy is not part of your strategy.

Philanthropy Australia is launching an online Advocacy Toolkit to increase its members' capability in modern advocacy techniques. The interactive toolkit includes successful advocacy case studies, resources to guide philanthropic trustees, CEOs and program managers in the decision-making process of advocacy funding and an international library of contemporary philanthropy advocacy material.


Sarah Wickham
Policy & Research Manager, Philanthropy Australia


Keynote Addresses – Philanthropy in the Service of Democracy

Around the world, philanthropy is experiencing an increasing level of scrutiny and criticism. Some commentators have suggested that philanthropy may even represent a problem for democracy. So, what does philanthropy that is in service of democracy actually look like? This exciting session includes two keynote addresses from our international guests, followed by a response from Philanthropy Australia board member Joe Skrzynski AO.

Cooper Investors and MaiTri Foundation are proud supporters of PA. They are most pleased to enable the participation of Karl Zinsmeister at this year’s Summit.

Jo Taylor 
Chief Capabilies Officer, Paul Ramsay Foundation 

Karl Zinsmeister
Vice President, The Philanthropy Roundtable (USA)

Sevaun Palvetzian
CEO, CivicAction (Canada)

Joe Skrzynski AO
Board member and Chair of the Policy and Research Committee, Philanthropy Australia

10:50am AEGN Climate Lens Launch  Catherine Brown
Board Member, AEGN and CEO, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation


Morning Tea
11:30-12.20pm Breakouts: Session A


Concurrent ‘deep dive’ sessions focusing on particular cause areas, case studies of collaboration and the tools of effective advocacy

1A. Environment, climate change and an agenda for action

1B. The news drought threatening rural and regional communities

1C. Case studies of effective government and philanthropy collaboration, with a place-based focus

1D. The secret of winning and why it’s never enough in the age of cultural warfare

1A. Environment, Climate Change and an Agenda for Action

According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), with a tremendous effort over the next decade, we can make the changes required to prevent the climate warming beyond 1.5 degrees. Recently the UN reported 1 million species are under threat of extinction. Australia is highly exposed to climate change and we are experiencing the loss of our unique species right now. But the situation is urgent.

Three philanthropists will describe how they understand the challenges and the role of governments and others in the response. They will explore the potential to drive change through Federal Government action; where state or local government has a role to play and where bypassing government is the correct approach. They will touch on a broad suite of environmental policy areas including plastic pollution, sustainable agriculture, and Indigenous land and sea management.

Esther Abram 
Acting CEO, Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN) 

Robert Purves AM 
Purves Environmental Fund

Eytan Lenko 
Lenko Family Foundation

Tanya Stul 
Stul Family Foundation

1B. The News drought threatening rural and regional communities

An informed public is crucial to our democracy. The disruption to Australia’s traditional media industry has resulted in a rapid decline in local and regional news, presenting a national threat to the future of our civil society. This breakout session will discuss possible ways forward for community journalism based on; recent research from Public Interest Journalism Initiative and the Australian Local Government Association, the current ACCC Inquiry into Digital Media Platforms and Australian and international case studies, including the launch of the Australian Government’s Regional and Small Publishers Innovation Fund, supporting regional and small publishers to transition to and compete more successfully in the evolving media environment. 

Nick Richardson
Storyteller, Philanthropy Australia

Bruce Ellen
President, Country Press Australia

Richard Eccles
Deputy Secretary, Department of Communications and the Arts

Stuart Howie
Founder, Flame Tree Media

Dr Margaret Simons
Associate Professor, Journalism, Monash University

1C. Case studies of effective government and philanthropy collaboration, with a place-based focus 

Rural and regional communities across the country are known to have experienced demographic shifts, increasing the gap in the social determinants of disadvantage. Foundations supporting place-based strategies to address issues such as health status, child development and educational outcomes need to adapt their approach to recognise and enable local control. Join us in a discussion about power, control and flexibility and the systems changes that have been catalysed by philanthropy.

Natalie Elliott 
CEO, MaiTri Foundation 

Liz Chapman OAM 
Deputy Chair, Tomorrow Today Foundation and Convener, Education Benalla Program 

Dr Jane Gilmour OAM
Chair, The William Buckland Foundation

Lisa McKenzie 
CEO, Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project 

1D. The secret of winning and why it’s never enough in the age of cultural warfare

Two of the most successful community campaigns in recent years are Marriage Equality and Hands off our Charities with its defence of civil society’s right to advocate on policy issues. Both campaigns galvanised communities and philanthropists across the country. This session will reveal how and why these campaigns won. But one win isn’t enough in the current political climate: both campaigns have more work to do, as ongoing threats to both LGBTIQ equality and charity advocacy continue. What shape are these threats taking and what are the strategies and infrastructure needed to respond effectively?

John Spierings
Executive Officer, Reichstein Foundation


Tom Snow               
Co-chair, Marriage Equality Campaign and Board Member, The Snow Foundation

Anna Brown OAM
CEO, Equality Australia

Hugh de Kretser
Executive Director, Human Rights Law Centre

12:30-1.20pm Breakouts: Session B


Concurrent ‘deep dive’ sessions focusing on particular cause areas, case studies of collaboration and the tools of effective advocacy

2E. The way forward for Indigenous Australians and The Uluru Statement from the Heart

2F. The future for impact investing in Australia

2G. Advocacy 101 – A workshop focused on how to get your message across

2H. Partnerships for local impact

2E. The way forward for Indigenous Australians and The Uluru Statement from the Heart

In 2017 the First Nations of Australia announced The Uluru Statement from the Heart, an invitation to Australia and the Australian people to establish a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution and a referendum to achieve this as a national priority, along with a call for a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations, and truth-telling about Australia’s history. This breakout session will provide insight into the process of developing The Uluru Statement from the Heart, what the implementation of the Statement will mean for the way philanthropists fund organisations going forward and understanding of some of the aspirations for the future of Australia’s indigenous communities. 

Dean Parkin
Principal, Parkin Consulting

Michelle Deshong
CEO, Australian Indigenous Governance Institute

John Wylie AM
Founder and Chair, Tanarra Philanthropic Advisors and Director, John and Myriam Wylie Foundation

2F. The future for Impact Investing in Australia

Impact investing offers the potential to solve some of the significant social and environmental issues facing Australia. This session will unpack the current gaps and barriers that are preventing more investors, including foundations, family offices and institutional investors, from engaging in the various impact investing asset classes. The panel will also look at what role the federal government can play in stimulating the growth of the impact investing market in Australia.

Amanda Miller 
Co-Founder, Impact Gen & Co-chair, Philanthropy Australia

Michael Traill AM 
Chair, Federal Government Social Impact Investing Expert Panel 

Senator Jane Hume
Assistant Minister, Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology

Elyse Sainty
Director, Impact Investing, Social Ventures Australia

2G. Advocacy 101 – A workshop focused on how to get your message across

This practical session will provide insights on how to effectively get your message across to a government audience. Strong advocacy and communication skills are essential to building the capacity of Australia’s charitable sector, and so this workshop includes expert knowledge and case studies from political insiders and campaign communication specialists on how to present your priorities in a way that will be noticed.

Krystian Seibert
Policy Adviser, Philanthropy Australia

Steve Michelson
Founder & Director, Michelson Alexander

Nick Moraitis 
Executive Director, Australian Progress 

Rachel Obradovic
Director, C|T Group

2H. Partnerships for local Impact

Following on from break-out session A.3, this session explores further dimensions to the discussion on how place-based philanthropy can make a difference. The purpose of the session is to:

  • Lift awareness and improve understanding of how community philanthropy works and the social and economic value it stimulates 
  • Inspire action by government attendees to advocate for regulatory change to free up ‘more and better philanthropy’ 
  • Develop new networks and relationships around shared objectives

Government and philanthropy are both interested in creating and sustaining vibrant communities. Both policy and philanthropy are increasingly leaning toward place-based approaches, recognising that community-led and locally relevant solutions are more likely to achieve lasting outcomes. Philanthropy is an important yet often invisible or behind-the-scenes contributor to supporting locally-led efforts to improve communities. It takes many forms and ‘community philanthropy’ in particular has a unique role that goes beyond money - holding local relationships, levels of trust, fostering networks, and understanding of place and context can mean the difference between a successful investment or not.

Gerlinde Scholz 
Executive Officer, Australian Community Philanthropy

Natalie Egleton
CEO, Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) 

Georgie McKay

Ben Rodgers
Chair, Australian Community Philanthropy




Panel – Technology, data and the future of philanthropy 

We are living in an era of rapid technological advancement, with governments and other actors struggling to grapple with the implications of this for democratic societies. Does philanthropy need to engage with these questions more closely?

This will be an exploratory panel discussion about what artificial intelligence and data means for our global future and how philanthropy can effectively evolve our practice to support the promise and potential of the next generation. 


Virginia Haussegger AM
2019 ACT Australian of the Year

Jackie Coates
Head of Telstra Foundation

Craig Connelly
CEO, The Ian Potter Foundation

Andrew Meares
Senior Fellow, 3A Institute, Australian National University

Gemma Salteri
Executive Director, CAGES Foundation

Stacey Thomas  
CEO, Fay Fuller Foundation  


Wrap & Close

Sarah Davies
CEO, Philanthropy Australia


Close of Summit

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