Day 4 Workshops Program - 6 May

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9:45 am


10.00 - 10.50 am

Decolonising wealth – transforming Australian philanthropy 

Session overview TBC 

Speakers TBC 

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 



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.  




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

Brigid Canny
Director, YLab 

Ope Olubodun
Project Team Associate, YLab 

Sumarlinah Raden Winoto
Associate, YLab 

12.00 - 12.50 pm

Understanding the 'black box' of 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 

12:50 - 13:50 pm



Best Grant, Better Community (partnership, community focus, collaboration) Awards Case study session

Session overview TBC    


Vedran Drakulic OAM
CEO, Gandel Philanthropy  


Natalie Egleton

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 

Eli Court
System Lead, Food, Land and Oceans, ClimateWorks Australia 

Wendy Cohen
CEO, Farmers for Climate Action 

Hayley Morris
Executive Director, Morris Family Foundation 

15.00 - 15.50 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.  


Catherine Brown
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  

Bolder, Environmental, Indigenous (Advocacy/systems change) Awards case study session

Session overview TBC     


Jenny Wheatley
CEO, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and Cambooya Pty Ltd 


Hamish Balnaves
General Manager, The Balnaves Foundation 

Vedran Drakulic OAM
CEO, Gandel Philanthropy  


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