How science (and common sense) can help us manage the mental health impacts of the bushfire crisis

The bushfires that raged across Australia were unprecedented in their scale and duration. While the physical effects of these fires are readily captured in images of razed homes and injured wildlife, the mental health impacts are harder to measure. With the Morrison Government’s announcement of $76 million for mental health support, it’s timely to ask what the science tells us about how this funding can be most usefully spent. Read more…

Feb. 20, 2020   |   Associate Professor Samuel Harvey, Chief Psychiatrist at the Black Dog Institute & Richard Bryant, Scientia Professor at UNSW Sydney


The role of community foundations in bushfire recovery

This summer, a seven-year old called Adella Churches, from Wodonga, spent her holidays making cards. Like all of us, she wanted to help people impacted by bushfires, and used her skills and energy to raise money for the Border Trust Bushfire Relief Fund. To date she has raised $1500, and her story has been shared across north east Victoria. Read more…

Feb. 12, 2020   |   Ben Rodgers


BUSHFIRE CRISIS: Organisations to fund

Like so many Australians over the "shut down" period, I was glued to the news, fearful for friends and family and in a state of devastation as we watched the catastrophic fire events roll out across the country. Read more…

Feb. 06, 2020   |   Amanda Martin OAM


Banks need to embrace social and environmental impact of their investing

A year on from the Royal Commission into the financial services industry, what’s changed? Are the banks doing enough? The Melior Investment Management team has some ideas about how banks can take the next step to improving their societal impact. Read more…

Feb. 04, 2020   |   Tim King, William Wu and Lucy Steed


Philanthropy’s key strategic role in changing the way we deal with the bushfire crisis

Many of our members are having deeply considered, informed and rigorous conversations about how they can best respond to the current bushfire crisis. These conversations reinforce that overall, the best response reflects the nature and characteristics of philanthropy and is based on the core approaches and practices that we see in all good, effective philanthropic giving and relationships. Read more…

Jan. 29, 2020   |   Sarah Davies


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


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