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


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


Working in partnership towards authentic inclusion

A few months ago I was formally appointed as the first openly autistic director on the Board of Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), Australia’s largest autism-specific service provider. Autistic representation on the board of an organisation whose business is providing services to autistic people and their families is important, but it’s just one level of governance in which Aspect has been working in recent years to better engage, and listen to, the perspectives, needs and aspirations of the community it serves. Read more…

Mar. 16, 2021   |   Tori Haar


International Women’s Day – A turning point

There has been a palpable awakening in the lead-up to International Women’s Day (IWD) this year. Have you felt it? Read more…

Mar. 08, 2021   |   Julie Reilly


Pulse of the For-Purpose Sector: How Funders Responded to 2020

There has been an abundance of anecdotal evidence about the severe financial toll caused by the pandemic on charities, as service demand skyrocketed and income stagnated or declined. Now we have the research and data to prove that organisations operating on the frontline during 2020 suffered a deep and potentially long-lasting impact. Read more…

Mar. 04, 2021   |   Isabella Olsson


Screens at the heart of reimagined museum

After the year that was 2020, we have been able to reimagine what the ACMI Museum can be. Read more…

Feb. 23, 2021   |   Georgina Russell


Role for a new kind of philanthropy in strengthening our democracy

Over the course of this tumultuous year, Australians have engaged with our political leaders and decision-makers on a daily basis. We were asked to prioritise the collective good over individual interests. Evidence has been driving some political responses (even superseding ideology on occasion) with important displays of bipartisanship that we have rarely seen this century. The questions that have kept turning over in my mind have been; Read more…

Feb. 16, 2021   |   Harriet McCallum


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