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Paul Ramsay Foundation’s $5m boost to data social enterprise set to create more jobs for neurodivergent people

Fri, 17 Nov 2023

A significant expansion in career pathways for neurodivergent people in data and engineering is set to open following a $5 million boost to one of Australia’s fastest growing work-integration social enterprises from philanthropy. The Paul Ramsay Foundation (PRF) announced this week that it would partner with Australian Spatial Analytics (ASA) to provide a blended finance package incorporating $2.5 million in grant funding and $2.5 million in impact investment to the social enterprise’s national scaling plans.

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Why charities need robust cybersecurity now

Dr Omaru Maruatona, CEO, Aiculus Fri, 3 Nov 2023

When a cybersecurity breach exposes confidential data such as customer personal details, sponsors and donors data and funding details, there will be significant consequences whether the victim is a large profit-making business or a small charity.


Five questions to consider when scaling for impact

Social Ventures Australia Fri, 27 Oct 2023

Dr Neela Saldanha, Executive Director, Yale Research Initiative on Innovation & Scale (Y-RISE), visited Australia at the invitation of Social Ventures Australia to give the keynote address at SVA’s summit on impact at scale. She explained why successful pilots often don’t achieve the same results ‘at scale’ and provided questions to consider when expanding a change program. These issues will be explored further in the upcoming sold-out Replication and Scale event hosted by Philanthropy Australia and Zurich Insurance Group.  

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From Brave to SEED: ‘Our country needs healthy families’

Dee Rudebeck Fri, 8 Sep 2023

As origin stories go, Bernadette Black’s is highly compelling. Her drive to establish Brave Foundation as its first CEO – an organisation supporting young parents into education or work – was grounded in her own experience as a pregnant 16-year-old trying to navigate Centrelink. She found the experience profoundly unwelcoming and unhelpful, and it created a deep determination to one day change the system. Thirty years on, she’s doing that with SEED.

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Rona Glynn-McDonald: ‘We want to rewrite the story of wealth and funding’

Fri, 1 Sep 2023

An innovative funding platform, First Nations Futures, has been launched that gives everyone in Australia the opportunity to provide unrestricted funds for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-driven initiatives. As efforts towards truth-telling and justice gain momentum, the platform hopes to help allocate funding into spaces that are under-resourced and create intergenerational impact for community and Country.

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‘We see our funders as visionaries’ 

Fri, 28 Jul 2023

How does trust-based philanthropy work? It is a growing area of interest but requires a highly relational approach from funder and fundee, and strong sense of a shared mission.

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What is progressive philanthropy?

Fri, 5 May 2023

Long-time philanthropic adviser and educationalist Jason Franklin first spoke about advocacy at Philanthropy Australia’s conference in 2016.

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