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


Screens at the heart of reimagined museum

After the year that was 2020, we have been able to reimagine what the ACMI Museum can be. Read more…

Feb. 23, 2021   |   Georgina Russell


Role for a new kind of philanthropy in strengthening our democracy

Over the course of this tumultuous year, Australians have engaged with our political leaders and decision-makers on a daily basis. We were asked to prioritise the collective good over individual interests. Evidence has been driving some political responses (even superseding ideology on occasion) with important displays of bipartisanship that we have rarely seen this century. The questions that have kept turning over in my mind have been; Read more…

Feb. 16, 2021   |   Harriet McCallum


Surprising findings on social cohesion

In 2020, in the context of the dislocation of Australian society by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scanlon Foundation conducted two national surveys, its thirteenth and fourteenth since 2007, providing insight into the resilience of Australian society during a major crisis. Read more…

Feb. 09, 2021   |   Emeritus Professor Andrew Markus


Managing adversity through sharing power

If poverty was easy to solve, it would not long endure. That it persists despite much public and private investment, despite people and agencies committed to its eradication, despite generations of social science research and policy proposals, points to the implausibility of swift solutions. The most promising initiatives are also the most time-consuming. Collective impact involves long timelines and endless perseverance to work through each cycle of disadvantage, understand it, and create new off-ramps Read more…

Feb. 03, 2021   |   Glyn Davis


Building a philanthropic culture may be the key to your 2021 success

Over the past 10 years there has been growing emphasis on fundraising leadership and innovation. Underpinning both of these is organisational culture and how it influences fundraising success and donor wellbeing. Read more…

Jan. 27, 2021   |   Dr Ruth Knight


Listening to science helps put community at centre of pandemic response

Almost one year on since the first cases of SARS-CoV2 were identified in China, much of the world is still gripped in the throes of a viral pandemic causing untold misery and human suffering. Many countries are experiencing record case surges, ICU beds in some hospitals in the US and parts of Europe are close to capacity, and millions of people are sick. The health, social and economic impact has been felt by each of us, and in every corner of the globe. But there is hope. Read more…

Dec. 17, 2020   |   Professor Brendan Crabb AC


The extraordinary measures needed to meet the extraordinary times of 2020

“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. We saw a need that needed to be filled, and we stepped in to help” – Benet Wilson Read more…

Dec. 15, 2020   |   Sarah Wickham


At Christmas, a safe home is never more important

For almost the entirety of 2020, we have been told to distance ourselves from others, work from home, and disrupt our usual routines. Read more…

Dec. 09, 2020   |   Jack de Groot


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