Developing leaders for a better society

To deliver on their mission, purpose-driven organisations rely ultimately on their ethically motivated and highly dedicated staff, yet they often struggle to provide the professional development opportunities that will attract and retain the right people. Read more…

Aug. 05, 2022   |   Louisa Graham


Faith In Philanthropy – time to tackle Australia’s reticence

Religion is a sensitive topic for Australians. From the early days of the colony our mix of Anglicans used to the privileges of an established church, aggrieved Scottish Presbyterians, and Irish Catholics meant that religious discussion threatened to ignite sectarian conflict. Australia has mostly avoided this by not talking about religion in public, while enacting a distinctively Australian Christian secularism combined neutrality between different Christian denominations with willingness of the state to work with the churches in education and social services. It is a very different approach to religion to Brittan with its established churches, and to the US where there is a much sharper separation between churches and the state. Read more…

Jul. 29, 2022   |   Paul Oslington


Endowments for Impact - Conference Masterclass

“Not every problem is grant-shaped,” Danielle Walker-Palmour, Friends Provident Foundation (UK) CEO Read more…

Jul. 29, 2022   |   By Claire Hanratty, Director, and Simon Lewis, Partner


Happy 21st birthday, PAFs!

Good things don’t always come to those who wait. The enabling legislation for the 2000 PAFs (private ancillary funds) came about through deliberate and highly purposeful advocacy that built upon a powerful evidence base that Australian philanthropy was being stymied by antiquated rules that discouraged most people from setting up their own philanthropic structures. So, bravo to Liz Cham, and the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership and to Philanthropy Australia that pursued the idea, and the many individuals, Parliamentarians, Australian Tax Office and Treasury officials who supported it, and do still. There was no certainty that this was ever going to happen, but it did, and frankly more public policy should be born in the way these rules came in to effect. Read more…

Jul. 15, 2022   |   Rupert Myer AO


Care at the core for voices capturing rich cultural traditions

The lead singer of the pioneering Papua New Guinean band Sanguma, Tony ‘Soru' Subam, was staying at my house in Melbourne three weeks before Christmas in 2011 having just returned from a festival in Vanuatu. Tony was a good friend, an amazing musician, a humble, thoughtful, cultural man. Hailing from Kairuru in East Sepik and Yabob in Madang, he had been a big influence on me when my band, Not Drowning Waving, recorded our album ‘Tabaran’ in Rabaul in 1988. Sanguma combined music from the cultural traditions of Papua New Guinea with Western instrumentation and were the first band to showcase traditional PNG music on the international stage. Read more…

Jul. 15, 2022   |   David Bridie


The Maranguka Way - Cultural Authority and Respectful Partnership

“Maranguka” is a word of the Ngemba people of Western NSW which means “caring for others.” The Bourke Tribal Council have put this idea at the centre of the Maranguka initiative, our unique expression of self-determination and Cultural Authority, which operationalises our community’s Growing Our Kids Up Safe, Smart and Strong strategy. To support this strategy, we have invited government, philanthropy and non-government partners to align their resources and practices to our community-led agenda. Read more…

Jul. 07, 2022   |   Alister Ferguson


Combining climate philanthropy and sustainable investing

Why should philanthropists get involved in both climate philanthropy and sustainable investing? We’re at an unprecedented time where every action in the next 10 years counts. There is a time value of carbon, and a time value of sustainability. What we do now means more than what we do in 10 years. To me, what I do in my work life and my philanthropy are not separate, they are simply two different ways to tackle… Read more…

Jun. 30, 2022   |   John Bernstein


The Great Debate - By Paul Ronalds and Ray Yoshida

At a time of change and reflection, what is the future for our charities? Is the current number of charities sustainable? Has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the charity landscape forever? In this month's Great Debate, Paul Ronalds, from Save The Children Global Ventures and Ray Yoshida, from Hands Off Our Charities alliance discuss the important question: Could charities compete less and co-operate more? Read more…

Jun. 23, 2022


The potential of Australian philanthropy – towards a new civic compact

Australia has a new government and with it a number of election promises to fulfil. The one that stands out the most for those working in philanthropy is that of developing a strategy to double structured giving by 2030 - a goal initially identified in Philanthropy Australia’s 2021 Blueprint - and to take advantage of the $2.6 trillion generational wealth transfer expected to occur over the next two decades. Read more…

Jun. 16, 2022   |   Ryan Ginard


Universal Basic Income: The answer for a decimated arts sector?

A recent thought-provoking article in the The Conversation saw Jo Caust examine the idea of a Universal Basic Income for Australian artists. Caust provides a summary of a new scheme introduced into the Republic of Ireland and compares it to other initiatives in the US and some targeted COVID-related initiatives in Australia. Read more…

Jun. 09, 2022   |   Deanne Weir


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