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‘Giving circle magic’: The gift that grew and grew from a group of Melbourne women

Philanthropy Australia Fri, 8 Mar 2024

This is a story of a giving circle and the impact of one of its gifts that grew beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. The initial $60,000 grant came from the Melbourne Women’s Fund to help an inner-city community organisation provide early intervention support for women in contact with the criminal justice system. A few years on, it has led to outstanding results and millions of dollars in government backing to expand the program across the city.

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Philanthropy Australia launches Women’s Giving and Philanthropy initiative   

Patricia Burke OAM, Senior Advisor, Engagement & Philanthropy, Philanthropy Australia Fri, 8 Mar 2024

As people across Australia gather to mark International Women’s Day, Philanthropy Australia celebrates by launching our Women’s Giving and Philanthropy initiative. Women’s philanthropy has emerged as a distinct area using innovative and creative methods to improve local, national and global communities. Pat Burke OAM, Senior Advisor at Philanthropy Australia and a key driver of this initiative, explains how it aims to grow and support women’s philanthropy with resources, research and inspiring stories as a key part of our mission to support ‘more and better’ giving.

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‘Great example of female-led philanthropy’: Paula McLean’s $1m gift and the Stella Prize

Nick Place Fri, 8 Mar 2024

It must have been a Zoom call for the ages. Philanthropist Paula McLean had left the board of the Stella Prize, Australia’s groundbreaking literary award for female writers, at the start of 2021. Later that year, board members informed her that they were planning to use the organisation’s 10-year anniversary celebrations to try to secure the remaining $2 million needed to endow the prize money in perpetuity. It was a bold target and they only had 10 months to achieve it.

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‘Watch out – when women support a cause, they become activists’

Kimberly Downes Fri, 8 Mar 2024

Philanthropic strategist Kimberly Downes is author of one of the few pieces of research into how women give in Australia. Here, she shares a story and some of the key findings. Despite women finding it difficult to consider themselves philanthropists, she says, but they instinctively look after those in the community and through philanthropy have the power to give hope.

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Grace Forrest wins prestigious US award for anti-slavery work

Fri, 9 Feb 2024

Human rights advocate Grace Forrest is the first Australian woman to win the prestigious Roosevelt Foundation Freedom from Fear Award 2024. She founded Walk Free, under the auspices of the Minderoo Foundation, which produces the Global Slavery Index, the world's most comprehensive dataset on modern slavery. Grace is the oldest daughter of Andrew and Nicola Forrest and joins the likes of high-profile global advocates who have been honoured with the award previously, including Malala Yousafzai, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Larma and former German chancellor Angela Merkel.

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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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COP28: How philanthropy is advancing women’s climate action leadership in the Pacific

Michelle Higelin and Flora Vano Fri, 1 Dec 2023

As the UN Climate Change Conference 2023 - COP28 - gets under way, Philanthropy Australia was pleased to partner with Groundswell Giving and ActionAid Australia to hear from Ralph Regenvanu, the Vanuatu Minister for Climate Change Adaptation. Here, ActionAid Australia's Executive Director Michelle Higelin reflects on insights from the event and the importance of backing women-led action.

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