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Adelaide 2024 to showcase more and better giving in South Australia, Australia and beyond

Philanthropy Australia Tue, 28 May 2024

The “Gather Round for philanthropy” will take place in Adelaide this August, with the centrepiece being the Philanthropy Australia Conference 2024: Shifting Perspectives, Shifting Practice running 5-7 August.

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How must institutional philanthropy change to become a better tool for delivering social justice?

Rachel Findlay, Philanthropy Australia’s Director, Impact and Engagement (NSW & ACT) Fri, 17 May 2024

In this view from the UK, we look at the key takeaways from a new report by Fozia Irfan OBE, Director of Impact and Influence at BBC Children in Need and recent Churchill Fellow. In a podcast with commentator Rhodri Davies, she unpacks some of her ‘punchy’ suggestions. Rachel Findlay, Philanthropy Australia’s Director, Impact and Engagement (NSW & ACT), says their discussion reflects the emerging themes for Philanthropy Australia's UK Study Tour she is hosting later in the year, in which Fozia and Rhodri will participate.

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Who were the two founding ‘godmothers’ of Philanthropy Australia?

Philanthropy Australia Fri, 26 Apr 2024

In this fascinating look back in time, we share an archival story about the two women founders of Philanthropy Australia, first known as the Australian Association of Philanthropy (AAP). This extracted article is taken from a 1989 edition of our newsletter at the time, called Philanthropy. Pat Feilman and Meriel Wilmot are introduced as ‘the two people most instrumental in setting up the association’. In the interviews, they reflect on the state of philanthropy at the time, why they wanted to establish an association of philanthropists – and the initial reluctance of many in the sector to be involved.

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How do we shift evaluation from a ‘reporting’ to a learning lens? 

Brenda Solorzano, CEO Headwaters Foundation Fri, 23 Feb 2024

Brenda Solorzano is a leading changemaker in trust-based philanthropy. Brenda had an insightful and candid conversation with our Philanthropy Evaluation Network to share her ideas on how evaluation can be reframed to achieve learning and change through a trust-based approach.

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Global platform launches to unleash the potential of data in philanthropy

Stefaan G. Verhulst, Co-Founder and Chief R&D at The GovLab Fri, 9 Feb 2024

In an era where data permeates every aspect of our lives, its transformative potential remains untapped in many sectors, particularly philanthropy. The ability to leverage innovative data-driven tools and methods could transform how our organisations – big or small – prioritise investments, tackle root causes and understand more deeply the communities they aim to serve. Recognising this, The GovLab and the Paul Ramsay Foundation joined forces to create the global platform Stefaan G. Verhulst, Co-Founder and Chief R&D at The GovLab, explains its benefit to the sector.

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English Family Foundation named Runner-Up in global Catalyst 2030 Awards

Fri, 15 Dec 2023

The English Family Foundation has been honoured for its work in supporting social entrepreneurs at a global event, the Catalyst 2030 Awards for Systemic Change 2023. The Foundation was awarded Runner Up in the category of Overall Best Donor last month at the gala event in London, hosted by Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer, at his private residence, Spencer House.

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Evolution of philanthropy, part 2: Seven guiding principles for a more effective future

Simon Lewis, Partner at GoodWolf Partners Fri, 1 Dec 2023

From a 15-year career in licensed trustee companies, family offices, foundations and for-purpose organisations, Simon Lewis, Partner at GoodWolf, shares his seven guiding principles for what he believes will create a more effective philanthropy sector in the future.

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