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One year on from the Climate Lens launch, funders tell how it’s helped

Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network Fri, 22 Mar 2024

Australia's 'climate whiplash’ summer of dangerous downpours and scorching heat is a reminder – if one were needed – that we’re in a critical moment for action on climate change. As challenging as it may seem, there are incredible opportunities to apply a climate change lens across your funding and investments, while upholding your existing philanthropic mission. 

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A message from the Co-Chairs: Announcement of new Philanthropy Australia CEO

Philanthropy Australia Wed, 20 Mar 2024

Philanthropy Australia (PA), the national peak body for philanthropy, announces the appointment of Maree Sidey as its new CEO, commencing 1 June 2024.

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Global Citizen event inspires New Gen delegation on critical issues

Lucy Steggles, Chair and Regional Director, NEXUS Australia Fri, 15 Mar 2024

Delegates from Philanthropy Australia’s New Gen Network, along with members of NEXUS Australia, attended an inspiring 2-day event in Melbourne that brought together diverse and considered voices – from world leaders to grassroots activists. The event featured a wide range of panels and speakers tackling humanity's most compelling challenges, from climate change to global poverty. Lucy Steggles, Chair and Regional Director, NEXUS Australia and New Gen member, provides a snapshot.

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The gift of equity in education – a Fogarty EDvance case study

Fri, 15 Mar 2024

The Fogarty Foundation is a philanthropic entity that works on improving education to achieve the broader aim of creating prosperous societies. It is committed to increasing access to high-quality education for all young people in its geographic scope. This case study is provided by the Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) and looks at the long-term impact for students from improving school leadership capability through high-quality training.

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How one family’s experience of autism led to a PhD scholarship

Griffith University Fri, 15 Mar 2024

The Dyer family spent decades trying to get their son the autism diagnosis and support he needed. It wasn’t until he was an adult that it finally happened – and only after his mother identified it using a magazine article. As a result, the family was determined to impact the next generation of autism research with an important gift to Griffith University.

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Education funder resource launched to help improve impact

Dr Jenny Donovan, CEO, Australian Education Research Organisation Fri, 15 Mar 2024

Philanthropy Australia and the Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) are pleased to publish ‘Advancing Education: giving for school-aged learning and wellbeing in Australia’. This resource offers an introduction to gifting in education. It provides an overview of the system and organisations involved in ensuring quality, as well as highlighting challenges and ideas about where philanthropic support might be best targeted. AERO CEO Dr Jenny Donovan explains how it will benefit funders.

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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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