Day 1: Wednesday 21 September


The hallmark event of the 2016 National Conference, the Day 1 program was a mix of international keynotes, in-conversations, panels and debates, with speakers from Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada and the UK. 

More than 600 delegates attended Day 1, representing the philanthropic, advisory, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Delegate Drinks

Day 1 was followed in the evening by an exclusive networking opportunity for delegates, at the conference venue.

The drinks event were free from formalities for delegates to catch up with friends and colleagues and wind down after a full day of learning and inspiration.







Alan Schwartz AM 
President, Philanthropy Australia


Welcome to Country

Uncle Charles (Chicka) Madden
Gadigal Elder



Principal Partner


Partnering for change – Government, business and philanthropy working together
The Treasurer will set out the New South Wales Government's vision for working in partnering to deliver social change and will include an update on progress with its innovative impact investment policy.

Gladys Berejiklian MP 
Treasurer of NSW, representing Mike Baird MP, Premier of NSW


Being a 21st century philanthropist and not throwing the baby out with the bath water 
Audette will talk about ways to hold onto the beauty and power of traditional philanthropy, and at the same time being open to innovation in our sector.

Audette will share some of her learnings in her 18 year journey to create new business and philanthropic models.

Presenting Partner:

Audette Exel AO
Adara Group and 2016 Leading Philanthropist


Disrupting charity – Why every philanthropist should be investing in social enterprise
The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership is an initiative of the Clinton Foundation and was established by President Bill Clinton and Canadian philanthropist Frank Giustra. It combines not-for-profit and for-profit approaches to create new self-sustaining enterprises that capitalise market opportunities to generate social impact by addressing existing market gaps in developing country supply or distribution chains.

What can we learn from the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership's work, and what role can philanthropy play to grow Australian social enterprises, so we can better harness the power of the market and business to address the most pressing social challenges?

Presenting Partner:

Mark Gunton
CEO, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (US)


Philanthropy Australia is future ready
Launch of the 2017 - 2020 Strategic Plan

Sarah Davies
CEO, Philanthropy Australia


Morning Tea


Collaboration for community resilience and growth
Given the complex challenges we confront in communities around Australia, 'going it alone' is simply not an option if philanthropy wants to make a difference.

So how can funders partner with each other, and with not-for-profits, businesses, governments and other stakeholders to leverage their resources and expertise?

This session will explore practical examples of collaboration, and how effective collaboration has led to better outcomes.

Presenting Partner:





Alexandra Gartmann
Managing Director, Rural Bank


Susan Warren 
COMET Auckland (NZ)

Andrew Fairley
Fairley Foundation

Susan Phillips
Carleton University, Ian Potter Scholar at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at QUT (Can)

Michael Traill AM
Social Purpose and Business Chair and Director


The smarter philanthropy playbook – Shifting from transactional to transformative grantmaking
Philanthropy can only achieve change through the organisations we support – but these organisations need resources and skills to be effective.

This requires investment in the capacity and capability of these organisations, an area where Australian philanthropic funding has traditionally had little focus.

How can we change that – to achieve better philanthropy through supporting effective organisations?

Presenting Partner:

Mae Hong 
Chair, Grantmakers for Organizational Effectiveness and Vice-President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (US)




2.00pm Investing for good
Are your investments and mission aligned? Or are they working against each other?

Not everyone is necessarily ready for impact investing, but there are a variety of options which can ensure investments remain aligned to mission. The discussion will include a focus on ethical screening, divestment, ESG investment and impact investing.


Daniel Madhavan 
CEO, Impact Investing Australia


Allan English 
English Family Foundation

Fabienne Michaux 
Advisory Board Member, Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing

John McCarthy 
Manager, The Tindall Foundation (NZ)

Simon O'Connor 
Responsible Investment Association Australasia


Why I took a stand – Climate justice and the future of the first Australians
Why did a young Indigenous Australian decide to stand up and campaign for climate justice, and why is it important to her community and to all Australians?

Amelia Telford 
Seed National Director, Australian Youth Climate Coalition

3.10pm Afternoon tea

Getting to the root of the problem – Achieving impact through social change philanthropy
Social change philanthropy involves a focus on the root causes of the social problems in our society, and the systems which underpin them, in order to achieve long-term sustainable solutions to these problems. It can involve philanthropy taking a more activist approach – seeking to influence public policy through funding research, advocacy and lobbying.

Jason will share insights from his extensive research examining US foundations and their engagement in public policy change between 1979 and 2010. This ground breaking work identified 5 consistent roles for foundations across a wide range of cause areas: acting as issue channelers, credibility enhancers, network enablers, capacity builders, and movement catalyzers. What do these roles involve and what steps should a foundation take if they are seeking to adopt a broader focus on social change?

Presenting Partner:

Jason Franklin 
Kellogg Chair, Dorothy A Johnson Centre for Philanthropy (US)


Evolution or revolution: Is philanthropy future ready?

What is disrupting the way we promote the common good in our community? Can grant-giving be disruptive?
Or is for-purpose business the way of the future?
What do we hold on to, what do we leave behind? 

This session will debate the most effective strategies for affecting change, and how they may need to evolve in the 21st century.

Moderated by Philanthropy Australia CEO, Sarah Davies, the debate includes speakers on both sides of the burning question... is philanthropy future ready?

NO: Caitriona Fay, José Pedro Ferrão (US), Lani Evans (NZ).

YES: Tony Kalm (US), Sue Cunningham (US/UK), Michael Lynch.

Sarah Davies
CEO, Philanthropy Australia

Caitriona Fay 
National Manager - Philanthropy and Non-Profit Services, Perpetual Limited

José Pedro Ferrão 
Executive Vice President, International Network, United Way (US)

Lani Evans 
Foundation Manager, Vodafone NZ Foundation (NZ)

Tony Kalm
One Acre Fund (US)

Sue Cunningham 
President Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) (US/UK)

Michael Lynch
Sydney Community Foundation



Wrap up




Delegate Drinks Partner

5.30pm Debate voting

5.30 - 7.30pm

Delegate Drinks

No Formalities


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