‘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


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


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