Day 4 Workshops Program - 6 May

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9:45 am


10:00 - 10:50 am

Decolonising wealth – transforming Australian philanthropy 

This session builds on the workshops held as part of the two previous conferences. The first in 2016 explored what it would take for philanthropy to enter deeper and more respectful partnerships with Aboriginal organisations. The second in 2018 started the conversation about how to shift from aspiration to transforming attitudes and practices. How to embed a respectful relationships model into your philanthropic practice.  

As part of his plenary address at this conference, Edgar Villanueva will be sharing insights about the steps that he believes need to be undertaken in order to begin to decolonise the institutions, processes and practices around wealth and philanthropy. The panel at this session will consist of Edgar Villanueva and three Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with experience of philanthropy as trustees, workers or recipients who will explore these steps through the lens of the Australian experience. Focus will be on the practical actions that philanthropy can consider/adopt to consciously move towards a decolonised practice of social investment and grantmaking. It will provide an opportunity for philanthropy to have brave conversations and to explore how it might become a role model for others 


Tim Goodwin 
Victorian Bar  


Jody Barney  
Chair, KWT 

Kathryn Coff  
Fellowship of Indigenous Leadership 

Shaun Middlebrook 
CEO, Woor-Dungin 

Edgar Villanueva
Senior Vice President, Programs & Advocacy, Schott Foundation + Founder & Chief Strategist, Decolonizing Wealth Project (US) 

Pay what it takes philanthropy

The conversation around Pay What it Takes (PWIT) Philanthropy is gathering momentum.  Following on from Valerie Chang’s keynote presentation on the MacArthur Foundation’s approach, this session will delve deeper into the PWIT mindset.   

Moderated by Niall Fay, CEO of the Fay Fuller Foundation, we will hear from 3 distinct voices that are engaged in the funding process: the funder, the fundee and a community representative.  Each will discuss what PWIT means from their perspective, before facilitating small group discussions via breakout rooms.  Attendees will then reconvene to share summaries of their discussions and engage in a final Q&A session. 


Niall Fay
CEO, Fay Fuller Foundation 


Tenille Gilbert 
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Society Melbourne 

Simone Miller
Community Leader, Far West Coast: Ceduna Our Town Team 

Tanya Stul 
Director, Stul Family Foundation 

Sandra Taylor
Community Leader, Far West Coast: Ceduna Our Town Team 

11:00 - 11:50 am

Five foundation executives reveal the keys to collaboration 

Collaborating with other organisations can significantly increase the impact of funding, extend scarce financial resources and strengthen grantees’ organisational development.  

In this session five foundation executives will share their experiences and recommendations for partnering, using ‘The four contributions of philanthropy to systems’ typology formulated by The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI). 

These funders will illustrate directions that collaboration can take while simultaneously sharing case study evidence of what has and what hasn’t worked. 

This is an excellent opportunity for funders to hear about some of the hard lessons borne by experience.  For fund seekers, this discussion provides unique opportunity to learn and develop more effective funding strategies.  


Dr Dave Kennedy


Craig Connelly
CEO, The Ian Potter Foundation  

Dr Jeanette Pritchard
CEO, The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation  

Tom Snow
Chair, Snow Medical Research Foundation  

Jo Taylor
Chief Capability Officer, Paul Ramsay Foundation  

Peter Winneke
CEO, private charitable trust 

What makes good work, good? 

Among OECD countries, Australia has one of the highest shares (13%) of employees working in short part-time jobs.  There’s been increasing demand from both employers and employees for more independent and flexible work – but casualisation and flexibility can have adverse effects on some cohorts, especially young people.  

The pandemic has had a huge impact on those working in casual and gig type jobs, with many people unable to supplement their income, stop working or work remotely.  

This session will uncover what Good Work is and how philanthropy can protect workers in this age of continuous disruption and ensure that a ‘Good Work Standard’ is available to all.  

This session will present insights into flexible work in Australia; lived experience accounts of flexible work from young people; policy solutions for good work standards and civil society’s role in ensuring good work standards.  


Kelly Fawcett
Research and Policy Lead, Foundation for Young Australians  


Ope Olubodun
Project Team Associate, YLab 

Sumarlinah Raden Winoto
Associate, YLab

Stephen Torsi
Program Manager Education & Employment, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation 


12:00 - 12:50 pm

Understanding philanthropic evaluation

This session is a panel discussion--by philanthropic evaluation managers at four major Australian Foundations--of the mistakes, learnings, challenges, and pitfalls of philanthropic evaluation.  The main argument is that by increasing our transparency, we are reducing the power imbalance and emphasising a partnership focus. 

We contend that such openness will ‘demystify’ foundation evaluation managers and ultimately improve the quality of both relationships between funders and grantees as well as the quality of the commissioned evaluations (and both parties’ ability to act upon learnings). This session will be of interest to smaller Foundations interested in ‘dipping their toes’ into the evaluation waters. We hope that an honest and engaging discussion of our learnings and challenges will illuminate “What does the future need from us?”’ 


Dr Squirrel Main
Research and Evaluation Manager, Ian Potter Foundation  


Martin Gould
Measurement and Evaluation Lead, ‎Paul Ramsay Foundation  

Andrea Lindores
Impact and Insights Manager, Australian Communities Foundation 

Kaitlyn Scannell
Impact Specialist, Minderoo Foundation 

(Future) annual letter to stakeholders  

For many corporations It’s the CEO’s role each year to draft a letter that clearly lays out their vision for the company, to align all stakeholders with that vision and highlight the company’s progress towards long-term goals.  Pondering the conference theme ‘what does the future need from us, now?’ in the context of corporate philanthropy, leads us to ask what this vision will look like in the future and can philanthropy be embedded into the organisations long-term corporate goals and visions.  

In this session we will unpack these critical questions and explore how we can craft a future where corporate philanthropy becomes a key factor in the boardroom.  But we won’t just ask what the future needs from corporate Australia, we’ll also look at how we can create a future environment that provides meaningful connection between corporate generosity and overall corporate performance.  

The panel will explore the impact that future corporate philanthropy will have on diverse business stakeholders and will examine:  

  • How corporate giving will continue to impact employee engagement  
  • How to get shareholders on board with corporate philanthropy  
  • How to connect with conscious consumers, and  
  • How to assess the impact of corporate giving on the community.  


Jarrod Miles
Co-Founder and Director, Strive Philanthropy  


Cara Vansteenkiste
Lecturer in Finance, UNSW 

Mark Reading
Head of Foundation, Atlassian Foundation 

Tim Diamond
General Manager, Cotton On Foundation 

12:50 - 1:50 pm


2:00 - 2:50 pm

When place, purpose and partners come together

Philanthropy rarely needs help in identifying problems that it can help to fix: there are plenty of causes and many organisations requiring assistance. But often the sheer scale of these problems seems insurmountable – how do we make a dent on the shortage of social housing in Australia? How do we prepare disadvantaged children for a meaningful education? And how do we help the thousands of Australians who are struggling to deal with the corrosive impact of drought? 

Most importantly, how then does philanthropy become engaged with these issues?  

The session will explore through three 2020 Australian Philanthropy Award recipients how focussing on a local or place-based approach can result in powerful community impacts. Central to that achievement is philanthropy’s capacity to bring together a range of disparate local partners to provide the support and knowledge to deliver the best outcome. 


Vedran Drakulic OAM
CEO, Gandel Philanthropy  


Dr Catherine Brown OAM 
CEO, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation 

Natalie Egleton
CEO, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal 

Kerry Farrance 
Head of Impact, Give Where You Live Foundation 


Land futures – pathways to a sustainable food and land use system  

Food, agriculture and land use systems must change if the Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved.  These systems are critical to meeting the challenge of providing healthy, nutritious food for a growing global population, while also halting and reversing the rapid decline of natural systems and avoiding the worst impacts of climate change by reducing emissions and sequestering carbon.  

Today’s investments will shape food, agriculture and land use systems for decades to come and we need to act now to avoid being locked into unsustainable pathways.  The Land Use Futures program is developing long-term pathways for transforming food, agriculture and land-use systems in Australia. 

A panel of global and local leaders in food, agriculture and land use will discuss the global outlook for these issues, including the critical role of philanthropic investment to support Australia’s leadership in food, agriculture and land use transitions.  


Craig Connelly
CEO, Ian Potter Foundation 


Dr Guillermo Castilleja
Senior Advisor, Global Alliance for the Future of Food 

Hayley Morris
Executive Director, Morris Family Foundation 

Charlie Prell
Deputy Chair, Farmers for Climate Action 

Anna Skarbek
CEO, ClimateWorks Australia 

3:00 - 3:50 pm  

Climate lens in action

Climate change is the challenge of our time and we know that people facing financial and other disadvantages will be hit the hardest. As a Foundation, we believe philanthropy has a critical role to play in working collaboratively to respond to the climate challenge.  

As a Foundation, we placed a climate lens across our work in 2016 following the CEO’s participation in a Foundation delegation alongside COP 21 in December 2015. It was clear that climate change could impact everything and that there was not a moment to lose.   

This session will tell the story of our initiatives and collaborations in energy efficiency and vulnerable households; sustainable affordable housing; sustainable food systems; health impacts of climate change; community climate resilience – preparing for heatwaves and natural disasters; and employment opportunities in a low carbon economy.   

The session will include case study presentations and an opportunity to brainstorm new ideas and potential collaborations in depth with session participants.  


Dr Catherine Brown OAM
CEO, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation 


Dan Pediaditis
Senior Program Manager Environment & Sustainability, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation 

John Grimes
Chief Executive, Smart Energy Council    

Erin Dolan
Program Manager Homelessness & Affordable Housing, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation 

James Henry
General Manager Property Development and Asset Management, Housing Choices  

Stephen Torsi
Program Manager Education & Employment, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation 

Bec Scott

Dr Karyn Bosomworth
Program Manager Healthy & Resilient Communities, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation 

Heather Lawson
Early Intervention and Integrated Care (Service Coordination) Coordinator, enliven  

Raising the volume by raising the bar

In a world increasingly partisan and where communities have lost some of their trust in established sources of information, it can be difficult to raise the volume enough to be heard. Cutting through the noise to bring change to public discourse is becoming increasingly harder.  

Systems change remains the goal, but charting the route there is often complex, messy and unrewarding. Through these three 2020 Australian Philanthropy recipients, we see how they have used focussed advocacy to enlist political will and harness community support. In doing so, they have succeeded in tapping into the impetus for systems change.    


Krystian Seibert
Policy Adviser, Philanthropy Australia


Hamish Balnaves
CEO, The Balnaves Foundation 

Vedran Drakulic OAM
CEO, Gandel Philanthropy  

Sue Mathews
Trustee, The Mullum Trust


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