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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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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 DATA4Philanthropy.net. Stefaan G. Verhulst, Co-Founder and Chief R&D at The GovLab, explains its benefit to the sector.

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English Family Foundation named Runner-Up in global Catalyst 2030 Awards

Fri, 15 Dec 2023

The English Family Foundation has been honoured for its work in supporting social entrepreneurs at a global event, the Catalyst 2030 Awards for Systemic Change 2023. The Foundation was awarded Runner Up in the category of Overall Best Donor last month at the gala event in London, hosted by Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer, at his private residence, Spencer House.

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Evolution of philanthropy, part 2: Seven guiding principles for a more effective future

Simon Lewis, Partner at GoodWolf Partners Fri, 1 Dec 2023

From a 15-year career in licensed trustee companies, family offices, foundations and for-purpose organisations, Simon Lewis, Partner at GoodWolf, shares his seven guiding principles for what he believes will create a more effective philanthropy sector in the future.

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The evolution of a sector – a concise history of philanthropy in Australia

Simon Lewis, Partner at GoodWolf Partners Fri, 24 Nov 2023

Philanthropy is on the cusp of a new era of public accountability as the expectations of our time change, and the probity and transparency conferred by the sector’s relatively new governing body, the Australian Charities and Non-For-Profits Commission (ACNC), start taking effect, says Simon Lewis, Partner at GoodWolf.

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Small Grants are vital to strengthen rural Australia

Jill Karena, Place Portfolio Lead, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Fri, 3 Nov 2023

For purpose organisations come in many shapes and sizes, and have varied needs according to their structures and location. This means that there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution to grant making, writes Jill Karena, Place Portfolio Lead, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. In this thought piece, Jill explains how small grants can have a big impact, particularly on grassroots organisations, which may not be able to access traditional philanthropy.

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‘We see our funders as visionaries’ 

Fri, 28 Jul 2023

How does trust-based philanthropy work? It is a growing area of interest but requires a highly relational approach from funder and fundee, and strong sense of a shared mission.

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