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Where dreams come to life

Nick Place Fri, 22 Sep 2023

Melbourne Recital Centre’s Making Waves program offers Year 12 music students the opportunity to have their compositions brought to life by professional musicians on the same stage that has played host to many of the world’s great artists. This creates ‘instant career pathways’ in their minds – none of which would be possible without philanthropy.

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Groundbreaking Gender Compass research set to shift the conversation

Fri, 15 Sep 2023

Plan International Australia has undertaken a first-of-its-kind research project, led by Dr Rebecca Huntley, that segments the broad Australian public into six groups based on their attitudes, behaviours and policy preferences in relation to gender equality. Supported by the Trawalla Foundation, it can be used by communicators, advocates and changemakers to meet people where they are, rather than where we think they should be, writes the chair Carol Schwartz AM.


A thousand flowers in bloom: data access and sharing for a stronger Australia

Kristi Mansfield, CEO & Co-founder of Seer Data Fri, 15 Sep 2023

In the age of information, data has become the currency of progress, innovation, and equity. Access to and the responsible sharing of data are pivotal in shaping a fairer and stronger Australia.

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How a new global giving network opens fresh opportunities for Australian donors

Anita Toy, Founding Chief Representative, Give2Asia Australia Fri, 15 Sep 2023

Give2Asia and the King Baudouin Foundation have launched a network that is a ‘catalyst for change’. Called Myriad, it connects global donors to global causes and makes cross-border philanthropy easier, safer and more effective, says Anita Toy, the founding Chief Representative of Give2Asia Australia.

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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.

How bequests underpin positive change in our communities

Fri, 8 Sep 2023

As a major sponsor of the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s Include a Charity Week 2023 campaign, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation held an event at the Melbourne Town Hall this week. ‘Will wonders never cease’ was aimed at encouraging more people to consider leaving a legacy gift to create a positive impact in their community after they’ve gone.

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Philanthropy Australia conference heading to Adelaide

Fri, 1 Sep 2023

Philanthropy Australia today announced that its 2024 national conference will take place at the Adelaide Convention Centre. This will be the first time the conference has been held outside Melbourne and Sydney.

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