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Queensland Philanthropy Awards 2024 winners announced

Fri, 7 Jun 2024

Seven of Queensland’s leading individual and corporate philanthropists have been named winners across a range of categories at the 2024 Queensland Philanthropy Awards. The awards were announced at a lunchtime ceremony at Brisbane City Hall, which included a guest appearance from tennis star Ash Barty AO. Here, we also feature the winning image in the 2024 Queensland Philanthropy Week Photo Challenge, awarded earlier in the week.

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Staying the course for generational change with Children’s Ground

English Family Foundation Fri, 31 May 2024

Children’s Ground is designed to change the status quo – led by First Nations people and the oldest knowledge systems in the world to achieve radical reform for First Nations children over a 25-year period.

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Victorian funders give $5m boost to regional resilience via FRRR

Allison Harding Fri, 24 May 2024

FOUR Victorian philanthropic organisations have joined forces in an exciting $5 million partnership with the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) that will strengthen the capacity and resilience of communities during the next five years.

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A sector at the crossroads: how volunteering needs to change

Doug Taylor, CEO, The Smith Family Fri, 24 May 2024

As Australia celebrates National Volunteer Week, it's vital we create the conditions for volunteering to thrive – our society depends on it, says chair of the National Volunteering Strategy and The Smith Family CEO, Doug Taylor.

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How must institutional philanthropy change to become a better tool for delivering social justice?

Rachel Findlay, Philanthropy Australia’s Director, Impact and Engagement (NSW & ACT) Fri, 17 May 2024

In this view from the UK, we look at the key takeaways from a new report by Fozia Irfan OBE, Director of Impact and Influence at BBC Children in Need and recent Churchill Fellow. In a podcast with commentator Rhodri Davies, she unpacks some of her ‘punchy’ suggestions. Rachel Findlay, Philanthropy Australia’s Director, Impact and Engagement (NSW & ACT), says their discussion reflects the emerging themes for Philanthropy Australia's UK Study Tour she is hosting later in the year, in which Fozia and Rhodri will participate.

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Meet our new member: Queensland Theatre

Fri, 17 May 2024

In the first of a regular series, we’ll be introducing new members who have joined Philanthropy Australia in recent months. It is of perennial interest to see where the breadth of philanthropy’s work reaches across all sectors of the community and its ever-evolving nature is reflected in our members. Here, we kick off the Q&A series with Queensland Theatre. The answers have been provided its Executive Director, Criena Gehrke.

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Disaster-hit communities helped to get going again by RACQ workers turned volunteers

Allison Harding Fri, 3 May 2024

The RACQ Foundation was established in the wake of the 2011 Brisbane floods and Tropical Cyclone Yasi. Since then, the Foundation has continued to support communities from the outback to the coast, pledging more than 33,000 volunteering hours to deliver its Community Assistance Projects.

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