Data Journeys - Capability

About: This series explores the voices of individuals and organisations championing the use of data and evidence as tools for disruptive change. Their inspirational work serves as a guide for how the for-purpose sector can embrace these practices. The series was authored by Purpose, a social impact organisation with support from the Paul Ramsay Foundation. Read more…

Apr. 07, 2022   |   Dylan Williams & Vishad Sharma


Historic reform for Community Foundations

On Budget night this week, the Australian Government announced long sought and historic reforms that will give community foundations greater scope to drive impact in local communities. Specifically, the Budget provides for up to 28 community foundations affiliated with Community Foundations Australia to receive so called ‘Item 1’ Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR) status by way of specific listing. Read more…

Apr. 01, 2022   |   Sam Rosevear, Executive Director - Policy, Government Relations and Research & Krystian Seibert, Policy and Regulatory Specialist


Ten years at Australians Investing In Women – IWD 2022 and women making their voices heard.

I recently celebrated a ten year anniversary in my role leading Australians Investing In Women (established as Australian Women Donors Network), around the same time as the annual International Women’s Day celebrations, and wanted to share my perspective on a decade of advocacy for more and better philanthropy for women and girls. Read more…

Apr. 01, 2022   |   Julie Reilly OAM


Data Journeys - Trust

About: This three-part series explores the voices of individuals and organisations championing the use of data and evidence as tools for disruptive change. Their inspirational work serves as a guide for how the for-purpose sector can embrace these practices. The series was authored by Purpose, a social impact organisation with support from the Paul Ramsay Foundation. Read more…

Mar. 31, 2022   |   Dylan Williams & Vishad Sharma


Paying what it takes to create impact

New research from Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) has found that not-for-profit organisations across Australia are, in general, not funded for the actual cost of what they do. The result is less effective operations and reduced impact. Read more…

Mar. 24, 2022   |   Sam Thorp


A collaborative approach for effective social investment

Blacktown Youth Services Association (BYSA) has been changing the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk young people in Sydney’s Western suburbs for over 30 years. It offers a safe and engaging environment where people feel heard and included. But in 2021, it came very close to closing its doors for good. Sadly, this is a common reality for many grassroots organisations. With limited resources and little-to-no proof of impact, they often get overlooked by traditionally risk-averse funding bodies in favour of larger charities with established models. But with the ​help of philanthropic organisations, we can equip and empower brave organisations with big ideas to develop robust frameworks and build capacity – and change the future for vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. Read more…

Mar. 24, 2022   |   Hanna Ebeling, CEO, Renee Martin, Head of Engagement and Anna Bowden, Head of Impact at Sefa


Australia doing ‘reasonably well’ on philanthropy index but can do more

The 2022 Global Philanthropy Environment Index report has now been released and its verdict on Australia shows the nation compares reasonably well with the index’s average score but there is room to improve our culture of philanthropy. Read more…

Mar. 17, 2022   |   Sam Rosevear


A sporting chance through philanthropy

Sport has never been in greater need of philanthropic funding and support than it is today. Our grassroots sports clubs are the heartbeat of communities all over Australia and contribute hugely to social capital by improving physical and mental health, by promoting inclusion and by teaching essential life skills to our kids – skills such as resilience, leadership, teamwork, and discipline. Read more…

Mar. 17, 2022   |   Patrick Walker


Why does it matter what something is called?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet." – Juliet, in Romeo & Juliet Read more…

Mar. 11, 2022   |   By Gerlinde Scholz and Ben Rodgers


Do you ‘Pay What it Takes’ to create impact?

As a fresh-faced graduate, I had the opportunity to work in both the fundraising and grant giving departments of a publicly funded UK grant-maker. In fundraising I was wowed by the concept of the “Golden Pound;” every pound that was raised from the public would be spent directly on projects, not on running costs. How brilliant! What donor wouldn’t want to know that every single penny of their hard-earned cash was going to where it was needed the most? Read more…

Mar. 10, 2022   |   Jo Taylor


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