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


What does social enterprise contribute to Australia?

New research came out this week, entitled Business for good: the size and economic contribution of social enterprise in Australia. It estimates the total number of social enterprises in Australia and their shared contribution to jobs and the economy. A social enterprise is a business, for good. They trade like any other business but exist specifically to make the world a better place. Public and policy interest in social enterprise and its impacts are growing.… Read more…

Nov. 25, 2022   |   Jess Moore


‘It’s never too early to start having those discussions’

No one’s going to escape it, we’re all going to experience the end of life at some point and at different levels. The beauty of The Violet Initiative is that all our Guides are volunteers and they come to us with their own lived experience of having cared for a loved one at the end of life. They’ve also undertaken extensive training to be able to help those who come to us and part of… Read more…

Nov. 25, 2022   |   Amanda Wright


The Great Debate - philanthropy and scientific research: Where to now?

In this Great Debate, we ponder what has become an increasingly pressing issue in our post-pandemic future: What role can philanthropy play in supporting scientific research in a world changed by COVID-19? Professor Elizabeth Hartland, CEO of The Hudson Institute, sees a vital role for philanthropy in providing targeted funding schemes, while Michael Hornby OAM, CEO of The Common Good, highlights a new funding model that could provide on-going job security for scientists so they can create sustainable research programs. Read more…

Nov. 18, 2022


Foundations of a new approach: the COVID-19 review

A recent philanthropically-funded review into the nation's response to COVID-19 has raised many important questions not just about how governments tackled the pandemic. In this week's blog, the Chair of the independent review, Professor Peter Shergold AC, discusses why philanthropy's 'decisive and timely intervention' in the national reflection was so valuable. Read more…

Nov. 18, 2022   |   Professor Peter Shergold AC


The Majority World – what’s in a phrase?

At the recent Philanthropy Australia conference, I caused a bit of a stir with my use of ‘Majority World’. I am delighted to hear that individuals and organisations are adopting the usage. I want to share here in more detail what I mean by Majority World. I first used the phrase ‘majority world’ at a conference at the ANU in 2013 and in the paper that was subsequently published in 2015. I now use Majority… Read more…

Nov. 04, 2022   |   Dr. Salmah Eva-Lina Lawrence


Activating the power of pro bono with innovative legal technology

Pro bono contributions are on the rise in the private legal sector, with increasing incentives for firms to meet pro bono targets and strong appetite among lawyers to contribute to their communities. Alongside this, national emergencies arising from climate-fuelled disasters, the cost-of-living crisis, and housing scarcity means more members of our community are experiencing legal problems, and finding it difficult to get the help they need. As these challenges compound, the systems that facilitate pro… Read more…

Oct. 28, 2022   |   Kate Fazio


Big themes for challenging times at NEXUS summit

NEXUS Australia is hosting a summit for 200 young philanthropists, impact investors and social change makers at Carriageworks in Sydney, on November 2-4. Next month and for the first time since 2018, this generation of young philanthropists will come together in person at the NEXUS Australia summit. Much has changed since we were last able to convene, and the urgency of the problems we face demands new thinking coupled with honorable intent. NEXUS is a… Read more…

Oct. 21, 2022   |   Lucy Steggles


Philanthropy’s role in home ownership

Home Ownership Everyone wants a place to call home. According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, shelter is one of the most essential components of life. This became even more evident since the onset of COVID-19. For those that had significant lockdown periods, home was the place we stayed for 23 hours a day. Overall, Australian governments enacted great measures to ensure everyone had a safe and secure home during the peak periods of the pandemic.… Read more…

Oct. 13, 2022   |   Erin Dolan


Time to act on flying the social enterprise - A personal reflection on SEWF

For two days last week, an approach that dates back thousands of years found itself reflecting on its role now and into the future, when the Social Enterprise World Forum came to Brisbane. I had the incredible opportunity to be there to hear, see and absorb the discussions on power, diversity, defining social enterprise and what true partnership means. I'm a novice to philanthropy and to the social enterprise sector but observed many common themes… Read more…

Oct. 06, 2022   |   Lucy Timmons


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