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Celebrating community and philanthropy partnerships

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (Nov 20-26) is a time to celebrate and recognise the positive impact of philanthropic partnerships in our communities.

The annual Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW) is an opportunity to highlight the positive contributions philanthropy makes to Australian communities.  

CPPW is a three-year initiative supported by the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, managed by Philanthropy Australia in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. The purpose of CPPW is to celebrate partnerships between grassroots community groups and philanthropic funders which have helped build stronger communities.

Philanthropy Australia CEO, Sarah Davies, says CPPW is an opportunity to celebrate the partnerships that often go unnoticed across Australia, yet make a significant difference every day.

“Philanthropy plays a crucial role in enabling communities to implement creative and grassroots solutions and this is what CPPW helps to publicly celebrate,” Davies says.

At the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit held in Canberra in September, the Hon. Christian Porter MP announced that 21 community organisations would receive grants totalling $160,000 to promote their collaborative partnerships this year.

Access Community Services in Logan, Qld, was one of the 2017 grant recipients and will be hosting an event to showcase the achievements of its Building Connected Communities project with help from its 23 partners.  

In Doveton, Vic, the Colman Education Foundation will launch a video that highlights the achievements of student, community and adult learning through its Together on the Hill project; while in Perth, WA, the Kimberley Aboriginal Law & Cultural Centre will distribute a video and lead a teleconference discussion with its philanthropic partner, Creative Partnerships Australia, about the opportunities for philanthropy in the Kimberley.

In Kurri Kurri, NSW, The Reach Foundation and will launch Humans of the Hunter - Stories Made Possible Through Partnership, with support from BHP. The event will demonstrate how Reach, together with BHP, have developed strong partnerships across the community to build a stronger and more vibrant Hunter region.

Natalie Egleton, CEO of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), says each of the events speaks to the underlying aim of CPPW which is knowledge sharing, strengthening and building new partnerships, as well as celebrating achievements.

“By highlighting some highly effective partnerships, we can build a stronger nation,” Egleton says. “Through our work at FRRR, we see the remarkable and selfless endeavours that are taking place at the grassroots to build more vibrant places to live and work.

"Having the opportunity to share this on a national platform will also hopefully change perceptions that philanthropy is something that is only for high-net-worth individuals and big business.”

Find the full list of Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week events here.


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