New research on what drives Australian women’s giving points to opportunities for many smaller charities and organisations to benefit from establishing a strong connection with potential female donors.
Published 18 June 2021 More>
The message is a simple one – living for the future – and it’s the title of property group Stockland’s 2030 Sustainability Strategy that aims to “…regenerate the environment, ignite inclusive prosperity, and inspire people to thrive.’’ The Strategy is the result of eight years’ work, reflecting Stockland’s engagement with sustainability through the design, delivery and operations of its assets and its communities. Critical to that work – and the new vision – is Stockland’s CARE Foundation. Published 11 June 2021
Last year’s Australian Philanthropy Awards recognised achievements in extraordinary philanthropy for work that is visionary, high impact and transformative. They also celebrate partnerships between philanthropy and for-purpose organisations and honour those who are working to create lasting, positive change. Watch how the recipients of the 2020 Australian Philanthropy Awards have made a difference in the communities in which they have served.
An independent survey of more than 600 charities and NFPs reveals a significant number of Australian charities are caught up in fundraising red tape that limits their capacity to pursue essential fundraising activities and philanthropic support. The Fundraising Survey 2021 report highlights that 40 percent of Australian charities find current fundraising rules are “an unnecessary financial burden” while 1 in 5 charities believe the current rules and regulations have become an impediment to fundraising. Published 4 June 2021
Elisha London, the Australian Founder of the for-purpose organisation United for Global Mental Health, believes philanthropy has an opportunity to support advocacy that can help drive revolutionary changes to mental health programs. Published 4 June 2021
After seven years of research, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) has just released a publication that recognises that more than 45 percent of Australian households live in a way that holds them back. That old notion of the Australian love affair with the quarter acre block may actually be stopping many of us getting ahead. It’s a new way of looking at the notion of “home’’ but it’s central to the approach behind TACSI’s The Future of Home. As Brugh O’Brien, Principal: Future of Home at TACSI says, there is widespread agreement that “home and the housing system’’ in Australia is broken. Published 21 May 2021
Street sleeping is all too frequent in modern cities and increasingly regional towns. A new approach built on the belief that street sleeping can be solved is being rolled out as part of a NSW-wide collaboration involving government, philanthropy and not-for-profits. The approach features the combination of collaboration and data to enable rough sleepers’ personal stories to become the fundamental step towards changing their circumstance and ultimately ending the problem.
Published 21 May 2021 More>
The much-anticipated Women's Budget Statement released this week has generally been welcomed but for some funders working in the gender space, there is still plenty of scope for structural change and sustainable, multi-year funding to improve women’s health, safety and economic security. Last week, the Ecstra Foundation announced $2.1 million in new funding to several organisations boosting women’s employment opportunities and economic security.
Published 14 May 2021 More>
A financially vulnerable charity sector has found few major Budget initiatives to ameliorate the twin pressures of increased demand and diminished revenue driven by the combined bushfire, floods and pandemic crises of last year. In the lead-up to the federal budget, a new report found that more than half of the nation’s charities faced some form of temporary closure last year, and three-quarters reported that recent events had put a strain on their financial operations.
Published 14 May 2021 More>
At the 2021 Philanthropy Australia National Conference, we released A Blueprint to Grow Structured Giving, with the goal of doubling Australia’s giving from $2.5 billion to $5 billion annually in the next decade. This week, we kickstart the discussion with a deeper look at three of the Blueprint’s elements. Published 29 April
Philanthropy Australia’s new roadmap to double Australian structured giving to $5 billion by 2030 has been unveiled, with a focus on 10 initiatives that aim to reduce regulation, develop research and boost place-based giving. The document, entitled 'A Blueprint to Grow Structured Giving', was launched on the first day of Philanthropy Australia’s conference by PA CEO Jack Heath.
Published 22 April
South Australia’s new statewide community foundation, Foundation SA will launch next week, providing a new giving opportunity for many donors and increasing support for a range of local communities. Foundation SA was established with seed-funding from South Australia’s own Wyatt Trust, and aims to grow to $10 million within 10 years.
Published 22 April More>
"I want to acknowledge the extraordinary contribution of so many philanthropists – especially those I have had the privilege to meet these past few months. Your generosity, over many decades, has woven the rich tapestry that is Philanthropy Australia today. And there has never been a more important time for Australian philanthropy."
Our CEO, Jack Heath, introduces the Philanthropy Australia National Conference 2021.
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One of Australia’s best-known philanthropists, David Gonski AC, has been made a life member of Philanthropy Australia. David’s addition to the list of PA life members coincides with the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Private Ancillary Funds (PAFs), of which he was a key instigator, working with the Howard government on the much-lauded innovation. Published 22 April
2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the introduction of private ancillary funds in Australia. Twenty years ago, a small group of business people, community leaders and philanthropists convened by then Prime Minister John Howard, put the finishing touches on an initiative that was designed to encourage greater corporate and personal philanthropy in Australia.
The group he convened was called the Prime Minister’s Business Community Partnership. It included Sydney businessman David Gonski and Philanthropy Australia’s then CEO Elizabeth Cham. Twenty years on, Mr Howard urged Australians to build on what had been achieved.
Published 22 April More>
Last November the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission gave charitable registration status to Give2Asia Australia, the local arm of the US organization that has been a conduit for overseas giving for 20 years. The ACNC’s decision means that Australian-based corporations, foundations and individuals will be able to give to qualified overseas non-profits using the Give2Asia network. Next week, Give2Asia Australia will formally launch with high hopes that it will be able to work closely with our Asian neighbours by offering tax deductions to stimulate Australians’ individual and corporate giving.
Published 14 April 2021 More>
A collaboration between philanthropy and health researchers is poised to leverage Australia’s international leadership on the elimination of cervical cancer to reduce the incidence of the disease in the Western Pacific.
The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cervical Cancer Control (C4) has joined with the Minderoo Foundation to establish the cervical cancer program that will be rolled out in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. Published 31 March 2021
When it comes to growing giving in regional and rural Australia, there are not many new ways to explore how best to tap into the generosity of the nation’s regions. But shimmering in the distance is the notion of a bequest campaign that could potentially unlock millions of dollars in the passing of wealth between generations.
For Sarah Thompson, Executive Director of the Into Our Hands Community Foundation in north-east Victoria, the transfer of wealth in her region offered significant potential but also its share of difficulties. Published 31 March 2021
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the Kids Plus Foundation had to change how it delivered its services. The challenges were significant – not just from a service delivery perspective but also the practical burden on families. But in the aftermath, some of those innovations have been built into the Foundation’s operations.
In this Q and A, Kelsey Jamieson, Executive General Manager of Therapy Services at Kids Plus Foundation and Kristy Waugh, Social Worker and Senior Support Coordinator at the Foundation, reflect on what changed during the pandemic. Published 31 March 2021
It started with a grant of $100,000 and just over six months later, there was a half billion dollar outcome and a significant re-direction in government education policy. By any measure, the collaboration between The Origin Foundation and the Grattan Institute to help shift governments’ policy for disadvantaged school children who were at risk of losing contact with their peers through the COVID-19-imposed remote schooling, was a remarkable feat. And it's a compelling example of how systems change is triggered and driven. Published 31 March 2021
Consider this: your agency has been active in the community sector for 31 years, providing a vital service that makes a difference. You present to a state government committee inquiry, outlining the scale of the problem you are trying to help. Later, when the inquiry report is handed down, your agency is name-checked as an example of the innovative response to the problem that needs to be applied more often. What happens next? What do you and your organisation do? How do you take that endorsement and build momentum for change?
Jo Swift, the CEO of Kids Under Cover, is living that dilemma. The Victorian Government has six months to respond to the report, and everyone trying to grapple with youth homelessness knows that time is a luxury. Where does that leave Kids Under Cover? Published 17 March 2021
What do young advocates want from philanthropy? Where is philanthropy’s place in helping to prioritise the national needs? How can philanthropy be part of building a sustainable and inclusive future for Australia? In a two-part series, we publish a diverse range of views from young advocates addressing Philanthropy Australia’s conference theme – Future Needs Now? Published 11 March 2021
After two years of often harrowing evidence, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety last week released its final report, providing 148 recommendations for a sector that requires significant change to cope with the demands of an ageing population.
Kerry Jones, Director, Systems Initiative, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, outlines in a special Q & A the importance of research and innovation in the aged care sector and the role philanthropy can play in supporting the report’s recommendations. Published 11 March 2021
No one at the Australian Museum really had any idea just how big a legacy their former colleague Patricia McDonald was going to leave the institution. Now they know and the story behind the McDonald bequest has become a heartwarming source of inspiration for those considering a similar legacy. Published 4 March 2021
In the mosaic of national generosity that was driven by bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, the contribution of corporate philanthropy reached record heights in 2020. Published 17 February 2021More>
Edgar Villanueva says you would never have heard the words “white supremacy’’ or “decolonization’ at a philanthropy conference three years ago. Yet in two months’ time, the philanthropic activist and author of Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to heal Divides and Restore Balance, will be a keynote speaker at Philanthropy Australia’s conference asking what’s changed? Is it a worried world that’s turned or is it philanthropy itself?
Published 10 February 2021 More>
After a tumultuous global 12 months, the thoughts of planning for a future made more complex by a pandemic’s deep economic impact can lead to an urgent alternative - to act now. Naina Subberwal Batra, chairperson and CEO Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, certainly thinks that there are opportunities to make a difference right now. Published 28 January 2021
International guest speaker Phil Buchanan, President of The Center for Effective Philanthropy in Massachusetts, joins us for Philanthropy Australia's National Conference 2021 to delve into the question of what philanthropy needs to do for the future in order to rebuild society. Published 26 November 2020
After years of consultation, lobbying, research and engagement, Victoria is about to become the last state in Australia to have its own spent convictions’ legislation. Published 16 December 2020
“Living in a more connected way isn’t just pleasurable, it enables us to tackle larger challenges. Problems such as climate change, inequality, inactivity and loneliness threaten our future. Solving them will require collective action. In all of human history, there’s few instances in which a crisis was resolved by one person acting alone.’’ Andrew Leigh and Nick Terrell, Reconnected: A community builder’s handbook. Published 16 December 2020
Esteemed philanthropist, business leader, advocate and commentator Carol Schwartz AO has been recognised as this year's Leading Philanthropist. More>
Three years ago, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation in Melbourne embarked on the Affordable Housing Challenge as a means of addressing the shortage of affordable housing across the city. The Foundation had for many years supported people experiencing homelessness with a range of initiatives: this time, the thinking was different. What if the Foundation became a key player in using philanthropy’s risk capital to devise a new model of affordable housing? More>
The seeds of what would become a national initiative to transform Holocaust studies in Australia began 11 years ago with a small group of Victorian teachers who were sent to the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem for a week-long seminar. Gandel Philanthropy saw the potential of the small teacher education program then funded by the B’nai B’rith organisation, particularly its connection with Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies, the global benchmark for Holocaust education. More>
It takes something special to arrest the decline of a community struggling to survive the impacts of drought, business closures and a population decline. And sometimes that something special is a grant program that gives locals a hand-up. And that’s where the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Tackling Tough Times Together drought-relief grant program comes in. More>
On the official scale of social disadvantage in Australia, the Geelong suburbs of Norlane and Corio fare badly. Life for families, and especially kids, in those suburbs is not easy. Along with many other challenges, there is one recurring issue – how do local schools keep the kids engaged? Geelong Kids as Catalysts - a place-based program designed to give primary school children the opportunity to drive community change - is addressing these very questions. More>
Developed in partnership with the Environment Centre Northern Territory, the 10 Gigawatt Vision is a comprehensive plan to use abundant sunshine and low-cost solar energy to revolutionise the Northern Territory’s (NT) economy. The Vision shows that by 2030, the NT government could drive investment in 10 gigawatts of renewable energy - 20 times the current renewable energy target. More>
When the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence delivered its report in 2016, it identified financial security as one of the pillars of recovery for women who had been in a violent relationship. Organisations working in the sector already understood the nature and scale of the problem. That's why the Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE) and the Brian and Virginia McNamee Foundation partnered to establish The Purse Project, a financial capability program devised for family violence victim-survivors. More>
Philanthropy and journalism are rare collaborators in Australia. It’s also true that mainstream Australian journalism has shown little interest in deep engagement and investigative reporting of Indigenous affairs. Both of those things changed when The Balnaves Foundation funded an Indigenous Affairs reporter for three years at Guardian Australia. More>
Since 2015, Accenture’s partnership with Good Return has enabled more than 7,500 people in Cambodia and Nepal to complete Good Return’s financial capability training program. The program has demonstrated strong behaviour change outcomes, along with increases in the knowledge and awareness, confidence and financial well-being of participants, the vast majority of whom are women. More>
The Philanthropy Australia Podcast is the destination for those interested in the issues, the debates, and the thinking around philanthropy.
In each episode, we'll bring you a short discussion about what's engaging the nation's philanthropists, and those in the 'for purpose' sector. Whether it's a discussion about what it means to be a philanthropist in Australia, guidance to improve your giving practise, or information about PA's signature thought-leading events, this podcast is for you. More>
There are several key words that are central to Kathy Reich’s view about grantmaking – they are trust, candour, control and perhaps most important of all, relationships. More>
Designed to help improve communication with people living with dementia, Ted gives aged care workers the opportunity, through trial and error, to learn good communication techniques in a safe learning environment, all through the technology of a VR headset.
Ted is a joint initiative between Dementia Australia and Deakin University’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute, but he owes his existence to a range of funders who have helped Dementia Australia on the technology journey for the past seven years. More>
A few years ago, Dan Madhavan observed that impact investing was a three-hour film and we were only 10 minutes in. It’s the kind of comment that leads in only one direction – are we further into the movie now? More>
Seed Mob is a small but dedicated group of young Indigenous environmental activists who are part of the broader Australian Youth Climate Coalition. More particularly, Seed Mob strives to reconcile its campaigning and advocacy with developing young leaders to drive change in their communities across the country. More>
“I think we have seen for the past decade or more, a blurring of the lines between profit and not-for-profit,’’ WWF Australia CEO Dermot O’Gorman says. “And that’s not a bad thing. We’re seeing commercial players deliver more purpose-type impacts in their business and we’ve seen NfPs now move more to commercial-type operations.’’ More>
After more than two years of research and analysis, The Ian Potter Foundation and The Myer Foundation, have established a national and fully independent policy centre focused on helping improve the way decisions are made about water and catchments across Australia. More>
When Erika Hoyosama watched her colleague Rob Purves rise to speak at the 2017 Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network conference in Melbourne, she had no idea what Rob was about to propose – a plan that would, in a remarkably short time, be leveraged to underpin a multi-million dollar land restoration fund in Queensland. More>
Nigel Sharp is someone who has the sound of the country in what he says, the way people raised on the land used to speak – unhurried, unfussed, uncomplicated. But Nigel’s message is anything but old-fashioned: it is, in fact, full of the urgency of the environmental challenges confronting the globe and finding new ways to support regenerative agriculture and biodiversity. More>
On the eve of next Tuesday’s Federal Budget, there is a widespread view that last week’s cuts to JobSeeker unemployment benefit will risk a strong recovery by slowing spending and jobs growth. More>
James Muecke calls it the ‘humanitarian’ spirit – the animating force to help others born from a recognition that we are all in the world together. And for James, that spirit was triggered by a childhood blindness study in Myanmar in 2007. More>
Australia is one of several countries in the Asia-Pacific region that has been identified as having major ecological threats that pose potential risks for the nation in the next 30 years. More>
What happens when two young creatives at one of Australia’s leading advertising companies devise a plan to give life to the old saying: ‘If only everyone gave a dollar…’’? More>
In this interview, Dean Parkin talks about his story, his mob and his path to his role as the director of From the Heart, an education project to campaign for an Indigenous voice to Parliament enshrined in the constitution. More>
Almost twelve months after the Warddeken Daluk (Women’s) Ranger Program in West Arnhem Land was recognised at the Australian Philanthropy’s Awards, one of the program’s funding partners has hailed the award’s role in growing its supporter base. More>
Funding, advocacy to government and public relations support have been identified as the most valuable strategic and operational priorities for COVID-effected social sector organisations, according to a new study of the sector. More>
Leanne Raven, Crohn’s and Colitis Australia’s CEO, has experienced many of the key issues identified in the RESET2020 study, from the hit to the organisation’s revenues and national volunteer numbers, to the valuable help from the Federal government’s JobKeeper package. More>
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) sounds like an old-fashioned problem that belongs to the era of our recent ancestors, when school finished at age 14 and the motor car was a novelty. But the disease is still with us, and its pernicious impact is at its most devastating in Australia’s remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. More>
Hundreds of community sporting clubs across Australia are in a COVID-19-induced crisis that will take at least $1.2 billion to ensure they survive, according to an Australian Sports Foundation survey. More>
The situation is bleak and confronting: a woman goes to jail, often for a victimless crime, and leaves a family at home, her children either looked after by a relative or in foster care. Once that step is taken, a whole range of possibilities – only some of them good – can follow, but most of them are about the emotional and even physical distance between the kids and their mum. More>
There is understandable anxiety about the consequences of the Federal government’s JobSeeker and JobKeeper COVID-19 support programs undergoing changes in September or October. The Tasmanian Community Fund has set its sights on what happens when the changes take place, backing its local knowledge to respond to what’s happening on the ground, in its response to the pandemic’s impact. More>
The Black Dog Institute’s research that covers the early intense period of the pandemic shows that 78 per cent of respondents to an online survey reported that their mental health had deteriorated since COVID-19’s outbreak. More>
In 2011, The Taronga Foundation made its first green grants to support conservation and environmental ideas that had potential for making a difference. The green grants, that put $150,000 into shaping important ideas about the ecosystem, have evolved into something new – an accelerator program called Hatch. More>
Read a Q and A session with Chloe Cockburn, of Open Philanthropy in the US, in the lead up to her appearance at the Virtual Progress conference. More>
A group of more than 7,000 Australians who support maintaining the permanent increase to the JobSeeker allowance will be mobilised to directly engage Federal MPs to ensure the old Newstart rate of $40 a day will not be revived in three months. More>
Just south of Batemans Bay in NSW is a village called Mogo, with a population of about 300, a private zoo and up until late last year, a charming array of heritage buildings reflecting its gold rush heritage. More>
In a hospital bed in a regional Australian town, a middle-aged man is watching TV on an iPad. Just days earlier he was confronting the corrosive impact of profound social isolation. More>
In a world gripped by a pandemic where anxiety, grief and uncertainty are rife, how can we be sure what’s true? How do we know who to trust? Where do we turn for guidance? More>
Two weeks ago the Paul Ramsay Foundation revealed its new strategy that aims to break the cycle of disadvantage in Australia. More>
It is vast, brutally cold, devoid of humans and seemingly unknowable to those who turn their attention to Antarctica. More>
In eight remote and regional schools in Western Australia, a special kind of engagement program starts with sport and finishes with stories. More>
In Australia, our rivers, wetlands, lakes and groundwater systems are facing unprecedented challenges. Despite almost three decades of internationally recognised reform, Australia’s current management of its fresh water resources is unsustainable and good policy-making has become harder. More>
The one-off program, developed by Philanthropy Australia’s Arts Funder Network, will provide emergency relief to potentially hundreds of artists across the country.
Philanthropy has announced a package of measures to help sustain Australian media businesses as they do their vital work of keeping the community informed during COVID-19.
In the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) more than a decade ago, dozens of not for profit organisations, charities and foundations confronted challenging questions about their future. Now, those same organisations are once again asking similar questions, grappling with a global health emergency that has such widespread and profound impacts that it makes the GFC seem like only a mild shock in comparison. More>
CEO of the GiveWhereYouLive Foundation, Bill Mithen, was wondering about how to respond to the COVID-19 challenge that could celebrate random acts of kindness. This idea became known as GPAK. More>
Mind Medicine Australia (MMA) was launched in February 2019 by Peter Hunt and Tania de Jong to explore a new approach that could offer a bold therapy option for some people battling mental illness, particularly long-standing depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and addictions. More>
When it comes to social disadvantage, there are many ways you can try to measure it but occasionally, the data unmistakeably leads in one direction. In 2018, Grameen Australia undertook an analysis of three areas of socioeconomic disadvantage – Fairfield in Sydney, Broadmeadows in Melbourne and Grafton in regional NSW – to work out where best to pilot its first Australian microfinancing project. More>
In the complex, confronting and challenging aftermath of women and children escaping family violence, there is one part of the jigsaw that remains stubbornly elusive – transitional housing, that critical link between immediate relief at a shelter and a long-term solution. More>
Krystal Barter describes her body as “a lemon’’. If it were a car, she’d ask for a trade-in. But here’s the thing – for all its faults and failings, Krystal Barter has managed to make something extraordinary out of her lemon that has helped change attitudes among hundreds of thousands of Australians. More>
It’s just over 20 years since Russell Kerr saw an opportunity to help school children at risk of losing their way by providing a practical solution that became Hands on Learning. More>
What’s the best career path to follow to ensure you end up in philanthropy? How does rest-of-the-world experience inform an understanding of how best to grow philanthropy? Whatever the route others have taken, it’s a fair bet that Niall Fay’s journey to CEO of the Fay Fuller Foundation is as distinct as it is intriguing. More>
Our 2019 Philanthropist of The Year, Philip Bacon AM, reflects on the importance of the arts and philanthropy in a year of debate about funding and support for the nation’s cultural industries. More>
Down among Melbourne’s legal precinct, where lawyers in sharp suits go about their business, is a small and bustling bicycle shop. It looks like any other bike shop, but hides a unique approach to for purpose work More>
The evidence of a life-long philanthropic commitment to the arts is contained in James Ramsay’s elegant handwritten notes that were sent to the companies he and his wife Diana supported. More>
In an age of tarnished corporate reputations, royal commissions into financial services, and deep mistrust about our banks, it is a telling moment when a new fund manager emerges with an impact investing focus on companies that have their priorities fixed on doing good. More>
A new opportunity to collaborate, reduce duplication of effort and build a shared learning resource across philanthropy has arrived with the launch of the Foundation Maps: Australia (FMA) Dashboard. More>
There is one memory, a moment from history, that has stayed with Paul Madden after seven years running The Wyatt Trust. More>
Next week PA will launch the FMA dashboard, a publicly accessible infographic that will display the granting data on FMA in a dynamic and easily consumed format. More>
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