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

Guest Post: The Power of Collective Giving

This post written by Lesley Ray, Fundraising Director at Mater Foundation. Considered to be one form of the ‘new philanthropy’ – giving that embraces accountability and entrepreneurship – giving circles are emerging around the world as a way for donors to meet their philanthropic goals through the concept of collective giving. A giving circle is a group of individuals who come together to pool and give away resources, educate members about philanthropy and issues in… Read more…

Aug. 09, 2013

 Tags: collective giving, events, general, guest post, 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

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