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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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Climate and environmental philanthropy surges, AEGN report finds

Philanthropy Australia Fri, 1 Mar 2024

Australian philanthropy directed to the climate and environment has increased at 10 times the rate of overall philanthropy, according to a new report from the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN). Giving to charities working on climate and environment programs grew 82% in the three years to 2021. We take a look at the key findings from the Environment and Climate Change Giving Trends 2024.

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Nominations for the Philanthropy Australia board 2024 now open

Philanthropy Australia Fri, 1 Mar 2024

Philanthropy Australia invites Board nominations from current members. Nominations can be made until 5pm (AEDT) on 19 March 2024. Our Annual General Meeting will be held on 22 May 2024. 

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The case for doubling giving: ‘Now is the time to lay the groundwork’

Doug Taylor Fri, 1 Mar 2024

We can increase giving to not-for-profits by double or more in the coming years by fostering trust, implementing strategic policies and engaging generations young and old, says Doug Taylor, CEO of children’s education charity The Smith Family. But it is a two-way street and NFPs will need to work hard to ensure impact also grows to meet donor expectations.

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This Month in Philanthropy – In Pictures

Philanthropy Australia Fri, 1 Mar 2024

Welcome to the first instalment of our new gallery designed to showcase notable events, launches, project updates and other activities happening in our busy member community.

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Philanthropy gets behind bid to revitalise regional journalism

Nick Richardson, Melbourne Press Club CEO Fri, 1 Mar 2024

Since leaving Philanthropy Australia as our former storyteller, Nick Richardson has made an interesting transition – not just to the role of Melbourne Press Club CEO, but to being a grantseeker. He talks about the experience and how it has led to an innovative philanthropic partnership to support cadetships for school leavers from diverse regional communities to embark on journalism careers.

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