Lucy Steggles, a member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Gen Network, and Chair and Regional Director of NEXUS Australia, reflects on the highlights of the summit that followed our New York Study Tour earlier in 2023. Storytelling and the voices of lived experience were an integral part of the summit, and left a lasting impression about the impact that’s possible with the power of collaboration.
Kayla Baker-Peris is a proud Yolngu, Yawurru and Kidja woman born and raised in Darwin. She is an alumnus of the Yalari Indigenous scholarship program, which supported her until graduating from Kambala Girls School in Rose Bay, Sydney, in 2018. Below, she shares her experiences of being one of the first Indigenous students at Kambala and how the scholarship changed her life.
Natural disasters, the pandemic and cost of living pressures have put unprecedented stress on social sector organisations. The Benefolk Foundation (formerly The Xfactor Collective) has launched a flagship resource hub to provide tailored tools to support staff and volunteers’ mental health and wellbeing. Founder and Executive Director Julia Keady describes how The Community Well aims to help prevent and address changemaker burnout.
Patrick Bollen, Manager, Impact Investing, Social Ventures Australia Fri, 18 Aug 2023
Social Ventures Australia (SVA) has launched the Arc Social Impact Bond aimed at breaking the cycle of reoffending and homelessness, whilst expecting to deliver competitive risk-adjusted returns to impact investors. Pat Bollen, Impact Investing Manager at SVA, explains how social impact bonds work and the innovative collaboration behind the Arc SIB.
Research released by Philanthropy Australia and Seer Data about intergenerational wealth transfer proved a conversation starter in a number of media outlets last week. Figures revealed the 10 suburbs in Australia where the next generation are set to inherit more than $3 million from their parents – and where there may be new opportunities to grow giving.
A new cultural representation report, entitled From Colour Blind to Race Conscious: A Roadmap to Action Diversity and Inclusion in Australian Philanthropy, indicates that the philanthropic sector can play a leading role in addressing issues of race, equity and inclusion. The research examines the extent of cultural diversity in the sector and the flow-on impact for the partners and communities with which it works.
Community Foundations Australia has appointed internationally regarded community philanthropy executive Ian Bird OLY from Canada as its new CEO. Ian, who will join the organisation in October, will bring a depth of experience in community foundation development and leadership from his current role as chair of the Global Fund for Community Foundations and his former role as the President and CEO of Community Foundations of Canada.