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What does the future need from us, now?

Join us this April and May as we come together online for the Philanthropy Australia National Conference 2021 to explore: what does the future need from us, 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? We must explore, interrogate and respond to the future - together.   

When: 21-22 April - Sessions & | 5-6 May - Workshops

Where: Online

Full registration gives you access to the virtual events platform, including

  • Access to the sessions on 21 and 22 April 
  • Access to the workshops on 5 and 6 May 
  • Live-streamed presentations and participation in live Q&A 
  • The opportunity to connect with fellow attendees via the meeting hub and discussion forum 
  • Participation in live interactive networking functions 
  • Ability to create your own agenda, access downloadable content and export your notes and contacts at any time 
  • Post-conference access to presentation recordings 
  • And more!  
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Philanthropy Australia members can also access a payment plan option here.
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The Philanthropy Australia National Conference brings 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 will be long-lasting and it’s critical that the philanthropic sector comes together to connect, share learnings, experiences and best-practice approaches to support the new environment and long-term recovery.   

In response to pandemic related-restrictions, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to hold our 2021 conference as an interactive online experience, held over four days this April and May.  

Themed ‘What does the future need from us, now?’, the 2021 Philanthropy Australia National Conference online program will focus 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. 

The thought-provoking program will unpack and debate the future needs of our society and the role of philanthropy in addressing these challenges, and ask: which directions should we take? Who decides? And based on what evidence or signals?  

Over two dynamic days on 21-22 April, we will come together for our virtual plenary session program. These jam-packed days will challenge, motivate and provoke big-picture thinking by probing how our attitudes, approach and practice must evolve to remain accountable to the future.  

On 5-6 May, after time to reflect and refresh, we will come back together online for two days of interactive, inspiring workshops. Led by some of Australia’s leading practitioners, leaders and change-makers, the diverse workshop program will offer breakthrough thinking at the very forefront of change and provide practical examples of how to advance practice. Participants will actively discuss, collaborate and think strategically as we collectively explore what the future needs from us, now. 

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COVID-19 Funding Opportunities

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