Our engaged memberships are perfect for established givers or large for-purpose organisations, who want to grow their confidence and take their philanthropy to the next level.

“Philanthropy Australia is raising the volume on the conversation about philanthropy in Australia. And everybody who should be in the conversation is being included. That’s a great step in growing philanthropy and an even better one toward building a stronger society.” 

Nigel Harris, Chief Executive Officer, Mater Foundation (Engaged Member)


Why should I become an Engaged member?

Engaged members benefit from personal support, priority access to thought leadership and networking events, discounts and unfettered access to knowledge resources. By contributing at the Engaged level, your insights, perspectives and knowledge help inform and improve the philanthropic environment in Australia.

For funders

The ability to engage face-to-face with philanthropic experts and peers gives you access to personalised guidance and support that will help maximise your grantmaking outcomes. 

For not-for-profits or for-purpose organisations

An Engaged membership enables you to grow your confidence and take your philanthropy to the next level.  Face-to-face engagement with philanthropic specialists helps you maximise your grant seeking and cause-related outcomes.


What’s included in my Engaged membership?

With personal support, priority access to thought leadership and networking events, discounts and unfettered access to knowledge resources, engagement is just the beginning.


Tailored support

As an Engaged member, you will receive personal support from your Philanthropy Australia State Manager that can help forge connections to help you reach your philanthropic goals.


Thought Leadership Events 

Engaged membership gives you up to 4 places 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 Liz Gillies, CEO of the Menzies Foundation and co-author of the 2018 Philanthropy: Towards a Better Practice Model report. Gillies has over 20 years’ experience in social impact, philanthropy and leadership development, having worked across the not-for-profit, university, government and private sectors. Attendees to the roadshow event had the unique opportunity to discuss the power dynamics between Funders and For-Purpose organisations.  


Peer networking

Engaged members receive up to 4 places 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.



Engaged members encourage leverage and collaboration through attending invitation-only roundtable discussions. 

Additionally, members can contribute directly to the philanthropic sector through their participation in our policy and advocacy roundtables that shape the development of Philanthropy Australia’s advocacy and policy positions. 



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, the biennial Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, and the annual Australian Philanthropy Awards.  


Topical discussions

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



Online access to the latest co-funding opportunities.



Unlimited access to the Better Giving Hub, our 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 home to:


All members receive a digital subscription to Alliance magazine; and 

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


What our Engaged members have to say

“The Bennelong Foundation is an Engaged member of Philanthropy Australia. Our membership forms an important part of our operations, ensuring we are well connected within the philanthropic community, kept up to date on important issues and trends as well as offering valuable support and guidance around our strategic direction and best practice.  

The staff at Philanthropy Australia have directly assisted us in connecting with potential co-funders, providing us with valuable opportunities for professional development as well as providing guidance and knowledge sharing for use with our stakeholders.“ 

Sandra Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer of the Bennelong Foundation 


“As a recent entrant into philanthropy, our organisation has found the ‘engaged’ member category a great way to access the immense benefits available through Philanthropy Australia, across a number of our key staff. All of our requests have been met with a gracious willingness to assist us in achieving our goals. The networks are a great way to get to know others with similar passions and interests and to share the learnings. Our organisation has been hugely impacted by the resources that Philanthropy Australia provides and the connections that constantly expand. Cannot speak highly enough of the calibre of conference speakers and the expertise available to us through our membership. Thanks, Philanthropy Australia for making our transition into philanthropy such a success.” 

Robert Qualtrough, Executive Officer Commercial and Company Secretary of Hand Heart Pocket 

Sign-up to become a member

To become an Engaged 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 @ $3,360 + GST

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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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