Vale Loti Smorgon

On behalf of the philanthropic sector, Philanthropy Australia gratefully acknowledges the enormous contribution Loti Smorgon has made to the Australian community throughout her lifetime. Loti Smorgon (nèe Kiffer) immigrated to Melbourne from Poland with her family in the 1920s. Ukrainian-born Victor Smorgon, who Loti would marry in 1937, arrived in Melbourne around the same time with his family. Loti and her husband shared a desire to give back to the country that had become their… Read more…

Aug. 29, 2013

 Tags: arts, general, large donations, news, stories, what's new


Guest Blog: Gandel Philanthropy's review of strategy, philosophy and the need for small grants

This post written by Vedran Drakulic, Chief Executive Officer, Gandel Philanthropy. Over the recent months Gandel Philanthropy has undertaken a process of reviewing its strategic direction, its granting philosophy and the nature of its grant-making. The reasons for this include Gandel Philanthropy’s wish to expand its community involvement and influence, create stronger links and develop its relationships, as well as the fact that the Board aims to increase grant distributions in the coming years. The… Read more…

Oct. 09, 2012

 Tags: arts, education, environment, general, guest post, indigenous, topical issues


New issue of Australian Philanthropy journal - Brave Philanthropy: taking risks and testing solutions

Brave Philanthropy: taking risks and testing solutions is the theme of our latest issue of Australian Philanthropy, Issue 82, Spring 2012. Lisa Jordan, executive director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation wrote in Alliance magazine, (March 2012) “...taking risks is an inherent responsibility of organised philanthropy ... to use private money to try to solve intractable problems ... The question is, do we?” While foundations often explore and plan for financial risk in their investment… Read more…

Oct. 01, 2012

 Tags: arts, education, environment, general, indigenous, members only, news, philanthropy australia website, philanthropywiki, recommended reading, research & information, stories, topical issues, what's new


New foundation-funded film on organ donation

The Anita Luca Belgiorno-Nettis Foundation has funded a new film looking at organ donation, to be screened this Sunday 26 February on ABC1 at 6.30pm (repeated Monday at 1:30pm). The Last Race is a compelling 30-minute drama about a family suddenly faced with a decision of whether to donate the organs of 25-year-old Mike, and a race against time to save a life. A moving and powerful film, it shows a family struggling to make… Read more…

Feb. 22, 2012

 Tags: arts, general, news, stories


Observations from the CHOGM People's Forum

Bruce Argyle attended the CHOGM People’s Forum on behalf of Philanthropy Australia last week. As part of the various meetings and fora held in conjunction with the Commonwealth Heads of government Meetings in Perth, the CHOGM Peoples Forum (CPF) brought together 250 civil society representatives from across the Commonwealth to share ideas and to respond to issues under the theme ‘Driving Change for a Dynamic Commonwealth’. The program included eight themed workshops; Governance and Democracy… Read more…

Nov. 02, 2011

 Tags: advocacy, arts, education, environment, general, government, indigenous, news, topical issues, what's new


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