What stories do we need to tell?

“Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.” – Robert McKee Read more…

May. 22, 2019   |   Nick Richardson


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Sep. 17, 2022

“The deep, moving and urgent reminder of the importance of humanity’’ – a conference reflection

“For the Love of Humanity: People, Place and Planet” These few words were my very first introduction to the Philanthropy Australia 2022 national conference, and in truth, a more serious introduction to the world of philanthropy at large.  As someone who in the past had heard the word spoken from a distance, was brand new to the sector, and a very fresh three weeks into the job, there were many sentiments swirling as the week… Read more…

Sep. 16, 2022   |   Aisling Quigley

Resisting the Urge to Pivot

In 2019 I co-founded a charity called Plus One Professional Development, with Chris Wilson and Farial Ameen. Chris and Farial work alongside me at Koda Capital, where, as members of Koda’s Philanthropy & Social Capital team, we straddle the corporate and non-profit worlds. Every traveller knows that the experience of living in two worlds reveals the difference between them.  Sometimes that difference can be quite stark and so it is when it comes to corporate… Read more…

Sep. 02, 2022   |   David Knowles

Talking of Taboos: How brave philanthropy can save lives

Philanthropy has a long history of stepping up to support the projects and causes that are unable to secure popular or government support; issues made unpopular due to stigma or believed to be just too hard. In 2012, this very publication devoted an issue to ‘brave philanthropy’, the kind that takes risks and tests bold, innovative solutions. A decade on, the need for brave philanthropic investment is as urgent as ever. With philanthropy, just like… Read more…

Aug. 26, 2022   |   John Ryan

Time to support Indigenous-led philanthropy

Indigenous Peoples globally, represent 6.2 percent of the world’s population or 476 million. Globally foundations have been pouring philanthropic giving into training, learning tools, and events about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and more recently towards racial justice and healing.  But the needle has hardly moved on funding to Indigenous Peoples, their communities, lands and territories. By all measures across philanthropy, Indigenous people are underrepresented. Simply put, Indigenous Peoples represent the most prominent blind spot in… Read more…

Aug. 26, 2022   |   Lourdes Inga

Australian philanthropy is going global

Thirty years ago, American philanthropy looked very different than it does today – especially when it comes to overseas giving.  At that time, most U.S. donors looked to international NGOs or donated to their local church for an overseas mission.  Since then, overseas giving from the United States has changed significantly. Of course, the US continues to support INGOs and religious charities. Yet millions of donors have diversified where and how they give overseas. These… Read more…

Aug. 19, 2022   |   Birger Stamperdahl

Work & Welcome program steps in at crucial time for refugees fleeing conflict

Between conflict in Ukraine and the continuing unrest in Sri Lanka the need to help desperate refugees has never been greater. Australians are increasingly keen to open their hearts and their homes to refugees and PAYCE Foundation proudly supports a unique initiative offering shelter and employment opportunities for people in need.   Work & Welcome is a project of House of Welcome (HoW) who welcome, shelter and empower people seeking asylum and refugees. Work & Welcome… Read more…

Aug. 12, 2022   |   Dominic Sullivan

How to defend philanthropy in eleven words

When I’m given a brief, I like to deliver. I was asked to write a 500-word provocative piece in the run up to a talk I’ll be giving at the Philanthropy Australia conference, based on my book In Defence of Philanthropy. So here it is, and I can do it in just 11 words: The critics of philanthropy are, on the whole, over-opinionated and under-read. To get the full version, please do come to the… Read more…

Aug. 12, 2022   |   Dr Beth Breeze OBE

Ongoing community needs in the aftermath of the Northern Rivers flooding disaster

When unprecedented floods hit the Northern Rivers region of NSW in February and March 2022 – causing tragic loss of life as well as massive damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure – the

Northern Rivers Community Foundation

(NRCF) found itself in the middle of a community-led emergency response. Read more…

Aug. 05, 2022   |   Allison Henry

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