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


Restoring Australia’s democracy

Last year, Philanthropy Australia held its Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit where ideas about the state of our democracy were debated, tested and challenged. Continuing that debate in to 2020, Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, highlights how important charity advocacy is for a healthy democracy. Read more…

Jan. 22, 2020   |   Hugh de Kretser


The Bushfire Crisis: focus must be on medium to long-term, not just immediate support

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) launched our Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund last September. After more than 15 years working with disaster-affected communities, we know that in rural, regional and remote communities, it takes many years for the trauma to be replaced with hope; for landscapes to rehabilitate; and for economic stability and vibrancy to return. And each community is different. Read more…

Jan. 15, 2020   |   Natalie Egleton


New whistleblower protections to improve trust in charitable and corporate Australia

Whistleblowing plays a crucial role in managing risk and cultivating an ethical culture in a not-for-profit organisation. On the eve of new whistleblower legislation reforms, many organisations are welcoming the opportunity to embed a ‘speak up’ culture that promotes trust among its staff and stakeholders. Read more…

Dec. 19, 2019   |   Nathan Luker


The other kind of drought – who pays for journalism beyond our cities and suburbs?

Two months ago, a group of key players in the debate about the future of regional media convened at our Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit to discuss the crippling news drought across regional Australia. Read more…

Nov. 14, 2019   |   Nick Richardson


Philanthropy in the wake of a Royal Commission

As the “gold-standard” for inquiry on matters of public importance, royal commissions occupy a unique place in the Australian system of government, a place we seem to be visiting with increased frequency. Read more…

Oct. 23, 2019   |   Emma Morgan


When the weather means more than record temperatures and sunscreen

Complaining about the weather is a popular topic of conversation. In a time when political or cultural topics can be divisive, it’s a risk-free way of making a connection with friends and strangers alike. Read more…

Aug. 14, 2019   |   Esther Abram


‘Too Big to Fund?’

When I took up the role of CEO of World Vision, I visited Myanmar to see our development work for myself – and what I saw blew me away! We go to the most vulnerable communities in the world – including remote communities here in Australia – and listen to them identify the root causes of their poverty, work with them to find long term solutions, and leave them self-sustaining. When I saw how effective… Read more…

May. 14, 2019   |   Claire Rogers


Philanthropy needs to step up

A German, Brit and an Australian walk into a bar – it sounds like the start of a hackneyed joke, but in this case, it is a precise portrayal of a meeting of international philanthropists meeting on the eve of the Philanthropy Australia conference. Read more…

Sep. 13, 2018   |   Stacey Thomas


Are you a new Trustee/Responsible Person for a Charitable Trust/Private Ancillary Fund?

Congratulations – but where do you go for support? In the past you have just been expected to learn-on-the-job or bring your experience with you? This is no longer considered effective nor good practice! Being a trustee of a Charitable Trust/Private Ancillary Fund not only comes with a very high level of accountability - but also the personal and collective joy and benefit of making a difference and having an impact through trying to solve some of society’s deeply entrenched and common problems. Read more…

Sep. 05, 2017   |   Chris Wootton


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