Investing in Outcomes: Pay What it Takes Philanthropy - 10 November

Where: Webinar

When: Tue 10th Nov 2020, 12:00 – 14:00 (2 hours)

Presented by: Philanthropy Australia

Book your place at Philanthropy Australia’s final Thought Leadership event in 2020, to join keynote speaker Kathy Reich, Director, BUILD – Ford Foundation.

The work of not-for-profits has never been so critical to the health of our society.  How can philanthropy work strategically to support not-for-profit partners to deliver meaningful outcomes and drive real change for community? Developing a shared approach for grant makers and grantees to calculate and fund the full cost of achieving impact enables philanthropy to support not-for-profit organisations to deliver the essential supports, services and outcomes that our communities need.

Kathy Reich, Director of the BUILD initiative at Ford Foundation (USA), will share her experience and insights into the extensive capability work that the Ford Foundation is supporting – and how paying what it actually takes for partner organisations to create impact and drive outcomes lies at the very heart of this work. The Ford Foundation is dedicating nearly half of its grantmaking to larger, flexible, longer-term grants, and enabling grantees to determine how the funds are spent. Drawing on her own experience leading the Foundation’s BUILD initiative, Kathy will join us this November to share real life insights on how this shift in funding model and approach ‘’...gets you great results, is feasible and will lead to substantially better relationships with your grantee partners.” Philanthropy Australia invites you to join Kathy and a panel of Australian experts for an interactive two-hour session to learn how philanthropy can adapt a pay-what-it-takes approach to support and sustain a robust, effective and impactful not-for-profit sector.


This event is open to PA members and the general public. Registrations close at 5pm the day prior to the session. 



Kathy Reich – Director, Building Institutions and Networks (BUILD), Ford Foundation Kathy Reich leads the foundation’s BUILD initiative both in the United States and in our 10 global regions. BUILD is an essential part of the foundation’s strategy to reduce inequality, a strategy arising from the conviction that healthy civil society organizations are essential to driving and sustaining just, inclusive societies. To that end, Kathy guides Ford’s efforts to implement sector-leading approaches to supporting the vitality and effectiveness of institutions and networks that serve as pillars of broader social movements. Before joining Ford in 2016, Kathy was director of organizational effectiveness and philanthropy at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she led a cross-cutting program to help grantees around the world strengthen their strategy, leadership and impact. Previously she had served at the Packard Foundation as policy analyst and program officer. Prior to that, she was policy director at the Social Policy Action Network, served as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill, and worked for state and local elected officials in California. Kathy currently serves on the boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the Peninsula Jewish Community Center. She was selected as a Schusterman Fellow in 2016. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University.

Jo Taylor – Chief Capabilities Officer, Paul Ramsay Foundation   Over the past 20+ years Jo has worked in the For Purpose sector in the UK and Australia, leading philanthropic foundations for families, corporations and government departments. Jo was part of a team that raised over $100m to reduce poverty in the UK and Africa. Managing a diverse range of philanthropic trusts and foundations, Jo has distributed in excess of $300m to for purpose organisations focused on creating long term transformational change. Leading national for purpose organisations has given Jo a deep understanding of the unique challenges of building resilient not for profits and how to work with people with diverse experience, in the hope of creating a more equitable, thriving Australia. Jo joined the Paul Ramsay Foundation in 2016 as General Manager for Operations, responsible for supporting and working with investments and partners to flex and shift systems to create better outcomes. Jo’s expertise in working alongside communities, evidence and learning, funding and systems has been invaluable. Jo is now Chief Capability Officer, leading a new portfolio of work for the Foundation, investing directly in growing the capabilities of our partners, communities and the sectors we work with. This work enhances our joint capacity on specific programs and broadens the horizon of what is possible in the future. Jo is also Chair of the taskforce set up by the Foundation to support our partners through COVID-19.

James Toomey – CEO, Mission Australia James’ strong leadership qualities led to his appointment as CEO in November 2017. As a qualified social worker with an extensive background in community services, James is client-focussed and passionate about transforming the lives of Australians in need. He joined Mission Australia in 2010 as National Manager Community Services Operations Support and then became Executive, Operations and Fundraising in May 2014. James brings in-depth expertise to Mission Australia’s service delivery and is committed to quality, collaboration and performance measurement and evaluation to achieve the best possible outcomes for the people we work with. Previously, James was the Operations Director for SkillForce. He was also Assistant Director of Foster Care Associates in the UK. James is a Director of Mission Australia Housing and Mission Australia Housing (Victoria). He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Master of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mhairi Cowden – Senior Manager, Community Impact and Analysis, Lotterywest Mhairi Cowden currently leads the development of strategy, outcomes measurement and granting for impact for Lotterywest. Lotterywest is Australia’s only Government owned Lottery where all of the profits after prizes are returned to community benefit. Mhairi has recently led Lotterywest’s work to repurpose its grant program to support Western Australia through the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including establishing a $159 million COVID-19 Relief Fund. Mhairi is committed to achieving better outcomes for communities and has previously worked on developing strategic social policy initiatives including Family and Domestic Violence programs and the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Prior to joining Lotterywest in 2018, Mhairi worked at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in Western Australia. She holds a PhD in children’s rights from the Australian National University.

Important attendee information: These webinars are part of Philanthropy Australia’s thought leadership offering and access is included in membership for members at New Gen, Active, Engaged and Impact levels (both funder and non-funding organisations). Please note, membership ticket allocations will apply for the event series (i.e. across all three date options):

  • New Gen Members- 1 complimentary registration
  • Active Members- 1 complimentary registration
  • Engaged Members- 4 complimentary registrations
  • Impact Members- 10 complimentary registrations

Additional Active, Engaged and Impact registrations can be purchased for $120 (+ booking fees).
Connected members can access this event at a discounted price of $120 (+booking fees).
Non-members can access this event for $150 (+booking fees). Philanthropy Australia's Cancellation Policy can be located here


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Indigenous Philanthropy Award 2020 recipients

Funder: The Balnaves Foundation

Funding recipient: Guardian Australia

Award partner: Ninti One