News and stories

News and stories

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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‘Tax nudge’ reform could unlock up to $19.5b in giving by 2030: new Philanthropy Australia report

Sam Rosevear, Executive Director of Policy, Government Relations and Research Fri, 17 May 2024

A voluntary choice for Australians to donate part of their tax return to charity could help dramatically transform giving in Australia, writes Philanthropy Australia’s Executive Director, Sam Rosevear. A number of options are investigated and modelled in the report by Impact Economics and Policy: Greater Giving: Tax Time Prompts to Increase Charitable Giving.

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The Susan McKinnon Foundation and Monash University renew commitment to enhanced political leadership

Fri, 17 May 2024

The Susan McKinnon Foundation and Monash University this week announced the renewal of their philanthropic partnership with an investment of more than $25 million over five years from the Foundation to sustain and advance the McKinnon Institute for Political Leadership.

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Meet our new member: Queensland Theatre

Fri, 17 May 2024

In the first of a regular series, we’ll be introducing new members who have joined Philanthropy Australia in recent months. It is of perennial interest to see where the breadth of philanthropy’s work reaches across all sectors of the community and its ever-evolving nature is reflected in our members. Here, we kick off the Q&A series with Queensland Theatre. The answers have been provided its Executive Director, Criena Gehrke.

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Balnaves Foundation commits $1.6m for ‘groundbreaking’ study into batyr’s preventative youth mental health programs 

Fri, 10 May 2024

The Balnaves Foundation has announced that it is supporting youth mental health charity batyr to conduct a 5-year longitudinal research project to evaluate its suite of programs. The aim is to demonstrate compelling evidence that investing in early intervention, school-based social and emotional wellbeing programs – which are currently underfunded – will deliver significant impacts in tackling the mental health crisis affecting young people in Australia.  

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Productivity Commission Inquiry on Philanthropy is provided to Government today

Sam Rosevear Fri, 10 May 2024

The Productivity Commission (PC) is providing its final report on philanthropy to the Federal Government today, another big milestone in the double giving agenda, writes Philanthropy Australia’s Executive Director of Policy, Government Relations and Research, Sam Rosevear. Here, Sam provides an update on his advocacy to government regarding when the inquiry’s findings will be made public.

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Responsive philanthropy: How Sydney Women’s Fund launched a quickfire domestic violence campaign

Dee Rudebeck, Advisor, News and Storytelling Fri, 10 May 2024

The Sydney Women’s Fund (SWF) has launched a campaign that took just over a week to create in response to the series of horrific violent incidents against women dominating news cycles that the government has called a national crisis. The Fund’s ongoing work with frontline services operating in the domestic and sexual violence space was instrumental in building the quickfire campaign more commonly associated with large not-for-profits dealing in disaster response.

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