Philanthropy, Systems and Change

Where does your organisation need to be in order to create a bigger impact?

Book your place at Philanthropy Australia’s first Thought Leadership event in 2020, to join keynote speaker Emily Tow, President of The Tow Foundation (USA).

Emily will share her experience as an active systems change philanthropist and her commitment to supporting advocacy as a key to achieving social change. Under Emily’s leadership, The Tow Foundation has promoted solutions to a more equitable, fair and safe criminal justice system in Connecticut, New York and across the United States.

Emily will be joined by a panel of experts in their fields including Kerry Jones, Director of Systems Initiatives, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation in Adelaide. Jess Dart, CEO, Clear Horizon Consulting in Melbourne. Beck Dawson - Chief Resilience Officer, City of Sydney and Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine GAICD - CEO, Health Justice Australia in Sydney and Matthew Cox - Director, Logan Together in Brisbane.

This event will surface insights through stories of change globally about how philanthropy is evolving to influence systems. In addition to sharing how working with the Justice System to reduce incarceration rates links to health systems. Carolyn Curtis, CEO, TACSI will discuss ‘Philanthropy, systems and change’ an innovative report comprised of a collection of unique stories and tools to support foundations in growing the mindsets, behaviours and practices that enable systems change.

Part of this event will be a hands-on workshop with Chris Vanstone, CIO, TACSI exploring some of the reflection tools in ‘Philanthropy, Systems and Change’ concluding with a panel discussion with Philanthropy and NFP leaders in each State.

Emily will present at events in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide alongside a panel of local experts from each state.

This event is suited to;

  • Philanthropists and Foundations that are active in systems change work
  • Philanthropists and Foundations that are beginning to work this way or are interested to learn more
  • Charities/non-profits that work in systems change: with either positive or negative experiences
  • Charities/non-profits who would like to know how to engage funders effectively in supporting system change
  • Systems change influencers and government active in systems


Impact Members: included in membership (10 attendees per membership)
Engaged Members: included in membership (4 attendees per membership)
Active & New Gen Members: included in membership (1 attendee per membership)
Connected Members & additional attendees for Impact, Engaged & Active memberships: $120 + GST
Non-members: $150 + GST







Important attendee information:

At Philanthropy Australia, the safety and wellbeing of our team and community is our highest priority. With the global spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we ask that our team, our members and our visitors take extra care.  If you have left or transited through any of the DFAT listed countries of high risk in the last 14 days, you should isolate yourself for 14 days from the date of leaving that country. If you have been in close contact with a proven case of coronavirus, you should isolate yourself for 14 days from the date of last contact with the confirmed case. We ask that you please refrain from attending our Philanthropy Australia events or offices, or notify us immediately if this has only become apparent recently, after being at one of our events or offices.  If any of Philanthropy Australia’s business activities are impacted, we will communicate these changes with as much notice as possible. For the latest information on the Australian Government’s response to COVID-19 please visit the Australian Government Department of Health website

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