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


Presenter reflections on 2021 National Conference Workshops

We asked some of our presenters to reflect on the Philanthropy Australia Conference Workshops, a diverse, interactive program that explored: what does the future need from us, now? Read more…

May. 07, 2021   |   Jody Barney and Jarrod Miles


Attendee reflections on Philanthropy Australia’s 2021 National Conference

We asked some of our members to reflect on the first part of the Philanthropy Australia Conference, What does the future need from us, now? Here is the result. Read more…

Apr. 27, 2021   |   Jo Garner and the team at Strategic Grants & By Kerry de Lorme, Executive Director, James and Diana Ramsay Foundation


‘Philanthropy’ is a word for our times

Our CEO, Jack Heath, introducing the Philanthropy Australia National Conference 2021. Read more…

Apr. 21, 2021   |   Jack Heath


How we can secure our future in a changed world

I want us to think about the country we were becoming in 2019 before the pandemic shut our borders and closed us off from the rest of the world. Read more…

Apr. 18, 2021   |   George Megalogenis


“Let’s get this done’’

An old story about wicked problems goes like this. Three blindfolded people encounter a creature blocking their path. One reaches out and feels the trunk, declaring the obstacle to be a snake. Another reaches out, feels its large ears, and decides it is a fan. The last one touches its leg and insists it is a tree. Unable to connect these individual experiences into a bigger picture, the people begin to fight amongst themselves. The elephant the trio failed to identify remains blocking the path and the people do not get to where they were going. The parable points to the collaboration and collective action required to addressing the barriers blocking progress. Read more…

Apr. 13, 2021   |   Emma Morgan


Using all foundation resources to create change

Last week, we published a blog based on research into the varied roles foundations can play in the philanthropic eco-system. We invited Bill Mithen, CEO of Give Where You Live Foundation, to reflect on the blog and respond with the organisation's perspectives. Read more…

Apr. 07, 2021   |   Bill Mithen


In search of ‘risk absorber’ foundations

Last week, we published a blog based on research into the varied roles foundations can play in the philanthropic eco-system. We invited Vivienne Johnson, Development Manager, Philanthropy, at the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, to reflect on the blog and respond with the organisation's perspectives. Read more…

Apr. 07, 2021   |   Vivienne Johnson


What is it about foundations’ role as Piggy in the Middle?

Philanthropic foundations in Australia can’t deliver services. So how do they go about creating public benefit? The simple answer is that they fund others. And it’s exactly this detachment – the arms’ length approach - that has foundations often referred to as intermediaries. Read more…

Mar. 29, 2021   |   By Dr Alexandra Williamson


Change takes preparation, time and investment

This is part of a series where we explore recent examples of system change – what drives it, how it happened and its outcomes. At the centre of the series is the question – what can we do to create lasting change to reduce and eliminate injustice and inequality? Read more…

Mar. 24, 2021   |   Andrew Johnson


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