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 Post: Families hanging out for the homeless

This post written by Amanda Miller, Advisory Board Member, Kids in Philanthropy. Together with a number of other like-minded families, our family has been involved in starting Kids in Philanthropy, an organisation that aims to build social conscience, empathy and a practice of giving and changemaking, in kids for kids. It does this by engaging children and their families in meaningful opportunities to learn, grow, develop and harness their giving and doing power. At the… Read more…

Aug. 28, 2013

 Tags: collective giving, education, general, guest post, stories, topical issues, what's new


Clive Berghofer sets new Australian philanthropic record with $50.1 million donation

Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) has today announced that it is the fortunate benefactor of a $50.1 million donation by Toowoomba-based property developer, Clive Berghofer.1  It is the largest single donation in Australia, on record.2 Clive, along with Philanthropy Australia and many others, hopes that his actions will inspire others to follow suit. “There’s heaps of people with plenty of money who don’t give,’’ the 78-year-old said. “Some people want you to give, but… Read more…

Aug. 07, 2013

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


Guest Post: An Education in Life

This guest blog written by Hunter Johnson, a member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving Program. The face of philanthropy is changing and the room is no longer filled with balding, grey hair. A new generation of young philanthropists are making their presence felt and organisations like the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and Philanthropy Australia (PA) are at the forefront of navigating the shifting paradigm that is the philanthropic world. I have had… Read more…

Aug. 05, 2013

 Tags: education, general, guest post, new gen philanthropy, recommended reading, stories, what's new


Living the Dream: Looking for your next inspiration?

Following our successful PAF Roadshow earlier this year, Philanthropy Australia’s Alison Beare was recently asked to write an article on the benefits of philanthropy for the inaugural May issue of Living the Dream magazine, a new lifestyle publication for people over their 40’s. She outlines how private planned philanthropy works, the benefits of investing in community projects in your retirement, and shows how some of our most admirable Australian philanthropists’ passions have led them to… Read more…

May. 30, 2013

 Tags: events, finance, general, recommended reading, stories, what's new


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