The best of philanthropy - A farewell from CEO Sarah Davies

Sarah Davies at 2019 Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit In February this year, I wrote an opinion piece for ProBono as part of their 2020 predictions series on philanthropy: what trends did we need to pay attention to and what practices would we need to develop and enhance. Eleven months later (and what an eleven months – no way I saw that coming!) I have not changed my views and would repeat the call to action for… Read more…

Dec. 09, 2020   |   Sarah Davies AM


Using philanthropy to build affordable housing through alternative financing pathways

​To use what is now a well-established cliché, these are unprecedented times. COVID-19 and the lockdown measures put in place have greatly affected our way of life. They have shown us the importance of having a safe, secure home – and also the large group of people who don’t have one. Read more…

Dec. 01, 2020   |   Erin Dolan


It’s time to amplify community voices

The long-fought successful campaign to see mandatory, visible pregnancy health warnings on all alcohol products in Australia made it clear that people’s experiences must be at the heart of political decisions. Read more…

Nov. 25, 2020   |   Caterina Giorgi


Reconciliation Action Plans – It’s not the tail wagging the dog

As we acknowledge and celebrate a COVID-delayed NAIDOC week, philanthropy’s commitment to reconciliation will, and should, be at the fore. Read more…

Nov. 10, 2020   |   Stacey Thomas


Fostering philanthropy: An extract from ‘Reconnected: A community builder’s handbook’

Not all giving is equal. A novel experiment randomly offered participants the chance to donate to one of two charities. The first group were asked whether they wanted to give money to UNICEF, a global body with ‘some 10,000 employees working on international priorities such as child protection, survival and development’. The second group were invited to donate to Spread the Net, a charity that provides bed nets to children in Africa, and told that every donation provided another bednet. Read more…

Nov. 05, 2020   |   By Andrew Leigh and Nick Terrell


Role of digital key for NFPs to advance their agendas

Maintaining pace with technological change is an ongoing challenge for Not-for-profits and one that COVID-19 has only accelerated. PwC’s recent survey found that 61% of Australian NFP CEOs cite a lack of resources as the biggest barrier to digital transformation yet the outcomes of such projects include stronger organisational culture, growth and improved employee and volunteer engagement. NFPs can enjoy the benefits of digitisation while keeping costs sustainable. Here’s how: Read more…

Oct. 28, 2020   |   Vishy Narayanan


Are there too many Deductible Gift Recipients in Australia?

Yes! is the answer by harried foundation trustees who are tired of the never-ending tsunami of grant applications. Read more…

Oct. 21, 2020   |   Emeritus Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes


International Day of the Girl: An opportunity to be inspired

Sunday 11 October, 2020 marked International Day of the Girl, a day created by the United Nations to celebrate the achievements and potential of girls. This year’s theme My Voice, Our Equal Future is a rally cry for us all to listen to girls and hear what matters to them. Read more…

Oct. 14, 2020   |   Julie Reilly


Advocacy vital to tackling climate emergency

Has this year got you thinking more deeply about what really matters? About the systems and paradigms that underpin our society and economy? About who makes decisions in society, and the basis on which they make them? About whose voices are listened to, and why? About power? Read more…

Oct. 07, 2020   |   Anna Rose, Clare Ainsworth Herschell & Arielle Gamble


Giving Circles at Work pilot an Australian-First

​Earlier this year saw the conclusion of an Australian-first pilot examining the potential benefits of giving circles in a workplace context. Showing some very promising results the pilot identified a new opportunity to grow giving within the workplace, providing benefits for employees, employers and charities. Read more…

Sep. 30, 2020   |   Lisa Grinham & Krystian Seibert


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