New CEO for Philanthropy Australia

Philanthropy Australia (PA) today announced the appointment of a new CEO, Louise Walsh. This follows the resignation of Dr Deborah Seifert.

Louise Walsh

Ms Walsh brings extensive corporate, government, not for profit and philanthropic leadership and planning experience to the role. A former corporate lawyer with Allens Arthur Robinson, Louise has worked on Sydney’s Olympic Bid, corporate partnerships for the 2000 Olympic Games and the City of Sydney, before becoming Director of Development for the Sydney Symphony.

Most recently, Louise has been founding Director of Artsupport Australia, an initiative of the Australian Government agency, the Australia Council for the Arts, to grow cultural philanthropy. During her 10-year tenure, Artsupport Australia has facilitated over $77 million of philanthropic funds for Australia’s cultural sector across hundreds of organisations and individual artists.

Outgoing Dr Seifert has been Chief Executive of Philanthropy Australia for two years during which time she has undertaken a major strategic review of the organisation.

“Deborah, who has spent most of her career in education, has also been responsible for growing membership, managing the organisation’s finances in a tight post-GFC environment, developing new workshops and educational tools for the sector and organising next month’s Philanthropy Australia conference, which will bring together an outstanding line up of international and national speakers,” President of Philanthropy Australia, Mr Bruce Bonyhady AM said.

“Deborah has provided valuable leadership over the past two years, and I thank her for her many contributions and wish her all the best for the future,” he said.

Louise Walsh will take up her appointment from 8 October 2012.

“Louise’s deep understanding of philanthropy, the arts and the non-profit sector more generally, coupled with her personal passion, will provide dynamic leadership in a new era for Philanthropy Australia. Louise is already well known to many of our members through her highly successful development of Artsupport over the past decade. This is an exciting development for Philanthropy Australia and Australian philanthropy” said Bruce Bonyhady.

Ms Walsh’s primary task will be to deliver on the outcomes of the recent strategic review of Philanthropy Australia, complemented by her particular focus on impact investing, cultivating the new generation of young philanthropists, and private and corporate initiatives such as matchfunding and workplace giving.

Following the Australian Government’s recent announcement of the future merger of Artsupport Australia and the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF), Ms Walsh will also be working closely with the Council of Philanthropy Australia to explore common areas of interest between Philanthropy Australia and the new arts entity as it takes shape.

“Philanthropy Australia has significant reach across many areas of philanthropic interest, including welfare, education and health as well as arts and culture and we believe there are significant benefits from close partnerships in philanthropy to grow the sector” said Bruce Bonyhady.


For further information please contact President Bruce Bonyhady via the Philanthropy Australia Office on 03 9662 9299 or at

Aug. 27, 2012

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