What does the future need from us, now?

The Philanthropy Australia National Conference brought the philanthropic sector and broader community together with the world’s best thinkers, strategists and leading voices to act as a catalyst for change.  

The effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic were long-lasting and it was critical that the philanthropic sector came together to connect, share learnings, experiences and best-practice approaches to support the new environment and long-term recovery.  

The 2021 Philanthropy Australia National Conference interactive online program focused on what our Australian and global communities need from philanthropy as we move forward into a changed future, and work to build back better together.

On 21-22 April, the thought-provoking sessions program unpacked and debated the future needs of our society and the role of philanthropy in addressing these challenges, asking: which directions should we take? Who decides? And based on what evidence or signals?  

Following on from those sessions, on 5-6 May we came together online for the Philanthropy Australia National Conference Workshops to explore a diverse, interactive program and ask: what does the future need from us, now?  

Sessions: 21-22 April: Online

Day 1 Program (21 April)
Day 2 Program (22 April)

Workshop Program: 5-6 May: Online

Day 3 Program (5 May)
Day 4 Program (6 May)

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The Philanthropy Australia National Conference 2022 will be held
at the International Convention Centre, Sydney from 6-8 September 2022. 

Save the date and keep your eye out for more information in the coming months. 

2021 Conference Introduction: 
Jack Heath, CEO of Philanthropy Australia

"I want to acknowledge the extraordinary contribution of so many philanthropists – especially those I have had the privilege to meet these past few months. Your generosity, over many decades, has woven the rich tapestry that is Philanthropy Australia today. And there has never been a more important time for Australian philanthropy." 

Our CEO, Jack Heath, introduces the Philanthropy Australia National Conference 2021. 

Conference stories 

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