If you’re confidently pursuing your philanthropic or for-purpose agenda and would like regular contact with your peers but don’t feel you need personal support, our Active membership is for you.

As a small organisation with limited resources, our Philanthropy Australia membership provides us with invaluable assistance to grow our philanthropic programs. Their regular events provide opportunities to hear the latest news, meet potential partners, and network with colleagues who generously share their own expertise and tips for success. Philanthropy Australia is a true champion for the cultural sector facilitating important connections that result invaluable partnerships. 

Kaye Weeks, Windmill Theatre Co (Active Member)


Why should I become an Active member?

For Funders

Philanthropy Australia’s Active membership is specially created for those looking to take the next step in pursuing their philanthropic agenda. By connecting you with like-minded people and the best-practice tools and resources, an Active membership is what your organisation needs to create change. The ability to engage face-to-face with philanthropic peers and deep dive into cause areas through dedicated funder networks will help you stay up-to-date with the latest thinking and contemporary practice here and overseas.


For non-profits and for-purpose organisations

Philanthropy Australia’s Active memberships are specially created for those looking to take the next step in pursuing their for-purpose agenda. By connecting you with like-minded people and the best-practice tools and resources, this membership is what your organisation needs to create change. An Active membership delivers valuable opportunities to engage with members of the philanthropic community through facilitated peer network meetings, workshops, and seminars.  


What’s included in my Active membership?

As an Active member, you’ll have access to facilitated peer networks meetings, workshops and seminars and the enormous body of knowledge housed on the Better Giving Hub as well as enjoying discounted ticketing to events.

Peer networking

Active membership gives you 1 place at peer-to-peer networks matched to your philanthropic purpose. For funders, peer networks include Family Foundations, Corporate Foundations, Out of Home Care, Arts, Family Violence, Corporate, Disability, Education, Indigenous, Rural and Regional plus new funder interest groups. For all others, be part of a combined for-purpose network.


Thought leadership

Active members receive 1 place at two Thought Leadership events with prominent international or Australian philanthropic leaders. These are ‘money can’t buy’ experiences that will deepen your understanding of developments and changing practices locally and globally. Past speakers include Julia Coffman and Tanya Beer of Washington D.C’s Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI). CEI is an American non-profit that works with foundation leaders and other evaluators to advance evaluation and learning practice in philanthropy so that it helps to produce better and faster results. Attendees to the workshop were able to learn how to make the most of their organisation’s data and maximise effectiveness. 



All members have access to preferential pricing to ticketed events held by Philanthropy Australia each year. Our major events include the biennial Philanthropy Australia National Conference and Summit, the biennial Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, and the annual Australian Philanthropy Awards.   


Topical discussions

Access webinars where the latest developments and challenges facing philanthropy are debated



Unlimited access to the Better Giving Hub, our brand new digital platform which supports a community of interest across the sector and facilitates fast peer connections, stronger networks and collaboration for shared outcomes. The Better Giving Hub is also home to:

Funder members also get access through the Better Giving Hub to:

  • Online Advocacy Toolkit


All members receive a digital subscription to Alliance magazine; and

Unlimited subscriptions to Philanthropy Weekly (members edition) with full access to the latest stories, news, and developments in philanthropy.


What our Active members have to say

Being an Active Member of Philanthropy Australia provides us with vital opportunities to learn from other foundations, share what we are learning through our partnerships with communities around Australia and to collaborate on important national issues. Being a member for us is a commitment to the collective improvement of Australian philanthropic practice

Teya Dusseldorp, Dusseldorp Forum


As a grant seeker constantly in pursuit of securing the vital funds to facilitate a project, I need all the wise guidance I can get. I also need to be inspired, with access to stories of what others are doing well. Updates on the latest news in the sector is always useful, as is getting to know who the philanthropists are who have an aligned interest to a particular project needing $. As a member of Philanthropy Australia, I get all this and more. 

Genevieve Fitzgerald, Mercy Health

Sign-up to become a member

To become an Active member of Philanthropy Australia, click on the link below and follow the step-by-step process that follows. Please note: You will need to select and confirm your preferred membership level as the final step of the process.

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12-month membership @ $1,530 + GST

More information:

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Please get in touch with your State Manager if you have additional questions or would like to discuss the membership packages further.

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