Inspiring stories of giving: volume 1

Inspiring stories of giving: volume 1 is the first of a series of publications about the positive impact of Australian philanthropy. This volume provides a snapshot and highlights giving from Victoria and New South Wales. Our next volume will focus on stories from the other states and territories. The series will ultimately become a showcase of the best of philanthropy across Australia.

Stories express what it means to be human. And with philanthropy meaning ‘the love of humanity’, what better way to share the messages about the joy of giving than through storytelling?

We teach and we learn from one another through story. A good story can take us on a journey and surprise us.

Strong stories stay with us. We remember captivating stories. We are moved by them – and sometimes stories change the course of our lives.

At Philanthropy Australia our vision is for a generous and inclusive Australia and our purpose is to inspire more and better philanthropy. This publication delivers on a key pillar of our 2022-25 Strategic Plan to “inspire a new wave of giving through stories and campaigns”. It is the first in a series and features examples of giving predominantly from Victoria and New South Wales.

Our next volume will be published to coincide with 2024 National Conference which is taking place in Adelaide – the first time we have held conference outside Sydney and Melbourne. Volume 2 will spotlight stories of giving across South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory. It will also profile the philanthropy of family foundations across the nation.

We are always on the lookout for inspiring stories of philanthropy to feature on our website, Philanthropy Weekly ebulletin, publications, short videos and social media channels. If you have a wonderful story of philanthropic impact you’d like us to know about, please send us a 100-word pitch to [email protected]. Perhaps it could be part of our next publication!