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How do we shift evaluation from a ‘reporting’ to a learning lens? 

Brenda Solorzano, CEO Headwaters Foundation Fri, 23 Feb 2024

Brenda Solorzano is a leading changemaker in trust-based philanthropy. Brenda had an insightful and candid conversation with our Philanthropy Evaluation Network to share her ideas on how evaluation can be reframed to achieve learning and change through a trust-based approach.

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Sector appointments: LMCF new CEO, ACF new Board Chair

Fri, 16 Feb 2024

The Board of Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation has announced the appointment of Peter Walton as its new Chief Executive.

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Global platform launches to unleash the potential of data in philanthropy

Stefaan G. Verhulst, Co-Founder and Chief R&D at The GovLab Fri, 9 Feb 2024

In an era where data permeates every aspect of our lives, its transformative potential remains untapped in many sectors, particularly philanthropy. The ability to leverage innovative data-driven tools and methods could transform how our organisations – big or small – prioritise investments, tackle root causes and understand more deeply the communities they aim to serve. Recognising this, The GovLab and the Paul Ramsay Foundation joined forces to create the global platform Stefaan G. Verhulst, Co-Founder and Chief R&D at The GovLab, explains its benefit to the sector.

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Philanthropy Australia CEO Jack Heath awarded an AM

Fri, 2 Feb 2024

Jack Heath says he's humbled to be among those to receive an Australia Day Honours this year. Altogether 1,042 people were recognised, with more women than men being included. Amanda Miller OAM and Lisa George, Co-Chairs of Philanthropy Australia, congratulated Jack on behalf of the board and staff. They said the thoroughly deserved honour recognises Jack’s outstanding leadership in building and stewarding for-purpose organisations and his dedicated career of service to Australia over many decades.

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PA members leading the charge on the double giving agenda

Sam Rosevear, Philanthropy Australia's Executive Director, Policy, Government Relations and Research Fri, 2 Feb 2024

With submissions on the draft Productivity Commission (PC) report due next Friday, 9 February, a strong response from the philanthropic sector will be important to securing the best possible outcomes for the double giving agenda, writes our Executive Director, Policy, Government Relations and Research, Sam Rosevear.


Renting in Australia and the role of philanthropy

Erin Dolan, Program Manager, Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation Fri, 15 Dec 2023

The state of the housing market has made finding safe, secure and affordable properties increasingly difficult for the near-third of Australians who rent their home. Housing insecurity can lead to homelessness and addressing this most fundamental of needs is the first step to good health, education, employment and an equitable society for all. Renting is not such a precarious option in other countries. What are the political and economic conditions that have led to Australia’s rental crisis and how can philanthropy do more to support renters and drive a systems-level shift? Erin Dolan, Program Manager at the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Chair of Philanthropy Australia’s Affordable Housing Funders Network, provides her view.

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Q&A with Penny Dakin, outgoing CEO of ARACY: ‘Philanthropy’s willingness to be brave and bold will be key’

Fri, 15 Dec 2023

Philanthropy and government have come together to improve the wellbeing and opportunities of children and young people in what could be the largest ever structured collaboration between the sectors in the country’s history. The Investment Dialogue for Australia’s Children is shaping up as an unprecedented, long-term, integrated approach to support young people and their families to thrive – with community and First Nations voices to be at its heart. ARACY - Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth is acting as the Strategic Convenor of this important initiative.

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