Leaders from across the philanthropic and government sectors gathered at Parliament House Canberra last week for the 2023 Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit – a biennial Philanthropy Australia event. The program included speakers from across the spectrum of politics, think tanks, the Productivity Commission, agencies and more. The double giving agenda was front and centre on the day, which included the launch of a new report about superannuation bequests and a publication showcasing stories of giving. View the photo gallery below.
The Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit 2023 brought together leaders from across the philanthropic sector, government and beyond.
Philanthropy Australia Co-Chair Lisa George delivered the welcome address.
Paul Girrawah House Ngambri-Kamberri and Ngunnawal Custodian, gave the welcome to country
Sam Rosevear (Philanthropy Australia’s Executive Director, Policy, Government Relations and Research) was the driving force behind the Summit program.
Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury with Virginia Haussugger AM, who was the MC for the Philanthropy meets Parliament Summit
Kristina Keneally discussed the case to double giving in Australia on a panel with the Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury and Philanthropy Australia CEO Jack Heath
Dr Alex Robson, Acting Chair of the Productivity Commission shared his insights into philanthropic giving.
In one of the Summit highlights, attendees heard from MPs and Senators across the political spectrum on their thoughts about the double giving agenda. Pictured from left: Virginia Haussegger AM, Philanthropy Australia CEO Jack Heath, The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, Senator Dean Smith, Shadow Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson. Allegra Spender MP (on screen) joined via video link.
Bernadette Black AM, Social Economic Ambassador, SEED and Founding Director of Brave Foundation shared her story of navigating Centrelink services as a single mother. She is now working to make a better system for everyone.
RedBridge’s Director of Strategy and Analytics, Kos Samaras presented polling results that show that Australian public strongly supports the double giving agenda.
Michael Daddo, Managing Partner of the Shannon Group, presented on the potential of a national giving campaign
Dr Georgie McClean, Executive Director, Development and Partnerships, Creative Australia spoke about philanthropy’s role in Australia’s National Cultural Policy
Ian Bird OLY, incoming CEO of Community Foundations Australia, presented on the opportunity to grow Australia’s community foundations network.
The ideas presented at the Philanthropy meets Parliament Summit inspired discussions from an engaged audience.