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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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Deep thinking and a daring step into public policy: the Watertrust story

Nick Place Fri, 1 Mar 2024

Watertrust Australia is an independent NFP that seeks to find common ground among users, First Nation groups, environmentalists, river communities and others on water and catchment policy – in the driest inhabited continent in the world. Here, we tell the story of its inception and establishment in 2021, funded by a coalition 16 philanthropic partners. It’s a prime example of the recent boost to environmental funding referenced in AEGN’s new report.

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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.

Awards Showcase event to celebrate good practice philanthropy

Philanthropy Australia Fri, 1 Mar 2024

Entries closed last Sunday 25 February for the Australian Philanthropy Awards 2024. Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply. A record number of entries have been received.

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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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Lessons from Black Saturday disaster recovery funding by FRRR

Philanthropy Australia Fri, 23 Feb 2024

As the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) announced this week that it distributed a record $22.5m in grants last financial year – illustrating the ongoing challenges faced by rural communities – we take a look at its earlier work.

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