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Australian social cohesion index is lowest in 17 years, says Scanlon report 

Dee Rudebeck Fri, 17 Nov 2023

Key findings from the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute’s annual report, released this week, show that people’s overall social cohesion has fallen and is at its lowest level since the study began in 2007, amid concerns around cost-of-living pressures and the impact of global conflicts. But the report’s lead author says there that while Australia is at a crucial junction, there are positives to build on, particularly that people indicate a strong connection to their local communities.

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‘Philanthropy is a portrait of readiness,’ says incoming Community Foundations Australia CEO Ian Bird

Dee Rudebeck Fri, 10 Nov 2023

The expansion and strengthening of the place-based community foundations network is a key plank in Philanthropy Australia's double giving agenda. The network will be instrumental in developing a language and culture of giving at the local level never seen before in this country. As Ian Bird prepares to take on his new role, the internationally recognised for-purpose leader says change is coming – and it will be accessible to all.

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Your Chance to Influence the Charity Blueprint 

Sam Rosevear, Executive Director, Policy, Government Relations and Research, Philanthropy Australia Fri, 10 Nov 2023

A strong sector response to the Charity Blueprint Issues Paper could help secure reforms for more and better giving, says Philanthropy Australia’s Executive Director, Policy, Government Relations and Reform, Sam Rosevear. 

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Vale Marc Besen AC

Fri, 10 Nov 2023

Marc Besen AC, the renowned philanthropist and co-founder of the Sussan clothing group, passed away this week aged 99. Tributes appeared across the media, remembering Mr Besen warmly. Forbes magazine said he was regarded as “retail royalty” and a legend of business, and to those who knew him best, “he was kind, funny, loyal and incredibly wise”.


Philanthropy is catalysing phenomenal growth in the social enterprise sector

Tara Anderson, CEO, Social Traders Fri, 10 Nov 2023

The social enterprise format – blending mission and money – is the business model of the future, says Social Traders CEO Tara Anderson. Social Traders is a leading intermediary connecting social enterprises with business and government to grow the social procurement sector and offers Australia's only social enterprise certification. To celebrate Social Enterprise Day on 16 November, Tara outlines how Australia is experiencing the fastest and largest social enterprise procurement growth anywhere in the world – and philanthropy is fuelling the momentum. 

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