Philanthropy Australia National Conference 2021: Early Bird Tickets onsale now!

These are uncertain times. The world and our global society are changing dramatically and standing still is simply not an option. We don’t yet know what lies ahead, but we do know that the future is our judge. 

The question we, therefore, must ask, is: What does the future need from us, now? And we must explore, interrogate and respond to the future, together.  

The effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic will be long-lasting and it’s critical that philanthropy comes together once we are through the first response and containment of this crisis. We hope that April 2021 will be a good time for our community to gather together, re-connect, share learnings, experiences and best-practice approaches to support the new environment and long-term recovery.  

Themed ‘What does the future need from us, now?’, the conference program will focus on what Australia and our global future needs from philanthropy. It will unpack and debate the future needs of our society and the role of philanthropy in addressing these challenges.  

Over two jam-packed days, we will challenge, inspire and provoke thinking by probing how our attitudes, approach and practice must evolve to remain accountable to the future. Which directions should we take? Who decides? And based on what evidence or signals? 

The Philanthropy Australia National Conference is the premier thought-leadership event of its type in the Australasian region.  It is our once-every-two-years opportunity to bring the Australian philanthropic sector and broader community together with the world’s best thinkers, strategists and leading voices to act as a catalyst for change. 

Members Registration  General Public Registration

Earlybird registration now open


Event format 

Masterclasses: Tuesday 20 April 2021 

Conference: Wednesday & Thursday, 21-22 April 2021 

Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) 

Format: Dynamic mix of keynote presentations, panels, smaller concurrent working sessions and social drinks across two days, with more opportunities than ever to engage with a captive audience! 

Please note: As we emerge from the current pandemic restrictions this event will develop and grow. We will make sure to keep you all updated as we continue to work on securing the best possible program available



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