On Day 1 of the Philanthropy Meets Parliament 2019, delegates filled the Parliament House Theatre and heard from key members of parliament, international thought leaders and experts from across the philanthropic and for-purpose sector, as we focused on deepening the relationship between philanthropy and government to achieve shared objectives and create long-lasting positive change.
With Day 2, the focus shifted to bringing 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. Philanthropy Australia's 'Online Advocacy Toolkit' was also launched on Day 2 - with thanks to the Myer Foundation and the Reichstein Foundation - along with the Australian Enviromental Grantmakers Network 'Climate Lens' publication.
“Philanthropy’s best role is to challenge government, present solutions and enable the competition of ideas”
Karl Zinsmeister Vice President, The Philanthropy Roundtable (USA)
“In a world of disruption the last thing to be disrupted is politics: it is ripe for renewal and reinvention”
Carol Schwartz AO Chair, The Trawalla Foundation & Member of the Reserve Bank Board
"I want to be a champion of the sector and of philanthropy... and I'm always open to engaging with philanthropy, to work together to help our democracy flourish"
Senator the Hon Zed Seselja Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters
"Shareholder value is a combination of purpose AND the bottom line - this is not icing, it's the new cake!"
Sevaun Palvetzian CEO, CivicAction (Canada)
“Trust is the glue that enables collective action for mutual benefit”
Professor Mark Evans Director, Democracy 2025, Museum of Australian Democracy